The Pillar Team
Ready to partner with you.
Pillar Underwriting & Broker Support Team: 1-877-279-2116 | info@pillarfinancial.ca
Roberto Blanco
Regional Manager, Business Development – Ontario
Roberto Blanco
Regional Manager, Business Development – Ontario

A well-known industry leader with over 15 years experience in the financial industry.

Roberto is a dynamic professional with 15 years financial industry experience. A creative thinker, with a competitive spirit and a hunger to succeed. Customer driven and always looking to build lasting business relationships. We are lucky to have Roberto lead our growing South Western Ontario team!

 

As at 2018, Roberto has been appointed to CMBA Ontario Board of Directors.

 

You can reach Roberto directly by calling +1 (647) 462-4699 or emailing him at roberto@pillarfinancial.ca

 

Rochelle Chang
Business Development Officer, South Western Ontario
Rochelle Chang
Business Development Officer, South Western Ontario

Rochelle Chang is part of our South Western Ontario team, working with Roberto in supporting mortgage brokers.

Rochelle brings over 15 years of experiences in the mortgage and real estate industry along with her enthusiasm and passion. Her passion is in helping clients find and get the right solution for there life’s financial situation.

 

She excels at streamlining less-than-efficient procedures to boost productivity and turn around times. Proactive management of crucial internal and external relationships have allowed her to increase revenue year over year and continue to provide top service to agents and clients.

 

You can reach Rochelle at +1 (416) 554-5881 or email at rochelle@pillarfinancial.ca

Cory Thompson | Ext 204
Manager, Underwriting and Client Relations
Cory Thompson | Ext 204
Manager, Underwriting and Client Relations

Heading the underwriting team, Cory Thompson evolved through a variety of positions within the Robinson Group of Companies.

He started in 2003 in the Tax and Portfolio Departments with W.A. Robinson Asset Management Ltd. where he learned the ins and outs of that side of the business. Transitioning to the underwriting department in 2009, he began a new journey in which he has thrived and shown the ability to apply the knowledge he gained from his previous positions.

 

While providing top-notch service to our referral sources, he maintains the integrity and standards of the Fund and of our investors, conveying the company values every day with his work: competency, consistency, care.

 

He is an example of what continuing education and on-the-job training can do for a company; taking business courses at St. Lawrence College, finance and taxation courses and mortgage lending courses through the Canadian Securities Institute.

 

A licensed mortgage agent and experienced underwriter, Cory has seen every residential mortgage financing opportunity there is; he knows how to structure a deal and knows when to walk away while maintaining the respect of our partners day in and day out.

Jessica Hutchins | Ext 118
Residential Underwriter
Jessica Hutchins | Ext 118
Residential Underwriter
Leigh Brown | Ext 125
Residential Underwriter
Leigh Brown | Ext 125
Residential Underwriter

An integral part of the underwriting team and process, Leigh’s focus is reviewing and determining risk associated with funding requests from mortgage brokers and agents across Ontario.

Alyssa Jackson | Ext 210
Residential Underwriter
Alyssa Jackson | Ext 210
Residential Underwriter

Alyssa coordinates with the underwriting team and solicitors while interacting with the referral agent to ensure a smooth process.

Malorie Paul | Ext 113
Funding Specialist
Malorie Paul | Ext 113
Funding Specialist
Kymberly Jordan | Ext 161
Mortgage Operations Support Coordinator
Kymberly Jordan | Ext 161
Mortgage Operations Support Coordinator
Pillar Administrative Team: 1-877-279-2116
Phillip Smith
Manager of Mortgage Administration and Systems
Phillip Smith
Manager of Mortgage Administration and Systems

Phillip manages the mortgage administration and is responsible for the security of all electronic data as
well as ensuring the company is using the most appropriate technology.

By integrating his management skills with IT, Phillip is able to incorporate technological efficiencies to meet and exceed management’s goals on an annual basis.

 

Phillip has a three-year diploma from St. Lawrence College in Business Administration/Information Systems, has been a licensed realtor since 2003 and is a licensed mortgage broker.

 

After graduating, Phillip started with Lake District Realty in Sharbot Lake as the Office Manager. He moved to Pillar in 2005 at which time he ran a one-man show, helming the Administration Department. As the department grew, he took on a supervisory role; now managing the team that he put in place.

 

Phillip is actively involved in the community, having served 2 terms on council with the Township of Central Frontenac. He has been the treasurer for the Parham Agricultural Society and sat on the Hinchinbrooke Recreation Committee.

Heather Rioux
Mortgage Administration Supervisor
Heather Rioux
Mortgage Administration Supervisor

Heather supervises the Administration department while overseeing construction advances and ensuring payments are kept up-to-date.

She trains new staff on the processes and programs used in the day-to-day administration of the mortgage portfolio.

 

Heather has worked with Pillar for more than  5 years, previously working at RBC as a Customer Service Representative.

 

She volunteers with the local fire department, Habitat for Humanity and various other local fundraising activities.

Lindy Hay
Enforcement Officer Supervisor
Lindy Hay
Enforcement Officer Supervisor

Lindy ensures investor capital is protected from loss by actively managing any defaulted loans administered by Pillar.

She has been with Pillar for over 6 years, has a business diploma from the Academy of Learning and is a Nursing graduate from Algonquin College.

 

In her free time, Lindy helps organize a local ATV run that raises funds for the local fire department. She is also an emergency first responder, serving as a volunteer firefighter.

Jamie Malone
Renewal and Collections Clerk
Jamie Malone
Renewal and Collections Clerk
Tanya Stone
Mortgage Operations Accounting Officer
Tanya Stone
Mortgage Operations Accounting Officer
Kristina Hodges
Construction Loans Officer
Kristina Hodges
Construction Loans Officer
Lana Gunsinger
Mortgage Administration Clerk
Lana Gunsinger
Mortgage Administration Clerk
Amber Emmons
Mortgage Administration Clerk
Amber Emmons
Mortgage Administration Clerk
Tara Wellman | Ext 216
Payouts, Renewals, & Risk Manager
Tara Wellman | Ext 216
Payouts, Renewals, & Risk Manager
Pillar Senior Management Team
Matthew J. Robinson, B.Sc, CIM ®
CEO & Portfolio Manager (AR)
Matthew J. Robinson, B.Sc, CIM ®
CEO & Portfolio Manager (AR)

Matthew Robinson, B.Sc., Chartered Investment Manager, holds the Advising Representative designation with the Ontario Securities Commission.

Matthew is the CEO and Portfolio Manager (AR) of W.A. Robinson Asset Management Ltd. He is an expert on real estate in Ontario with over 20 years experience in the management of a mortgage investment corporation and in mortgage lending and administration, obtaining both his Real Estate Broker licence and his Mortgage Broker designation.

 

As CEO and Portfolio Manager, Matthew provides vision and leadership to his team to care for the operations of Frontenac Mortgage Investment Corporation while being responsible for the strategic direction of W.A Robinson Asset Management Ltd. and Pillar Financial.

Kevin Cruickshank, CPA, CA
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Kevin Cruickshank, CPA, CA
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Kevin Cruickshank, CPA, CA is the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Manager and Administrator.

Kevin graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) with Distinction in 1990 and was admitted to the membership of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario in 1993.

 

After having worked for five years as a Chartered Accountant with Wilkinson & Company LLP in Belleville, Ontario, Kevin spent the next five years as the Vice-President of Finance for the Cooney Transport Group of Companies where he oversaw the financial affairs of a group of 19 companies involved in international trucking operations with a real estate network of seven terminals located in Ontario and Quebec.

 

In 2000, Kevin was appointed Chief Financial Officer of the Hanley Group of Companies, also in Belleville, Ontario, where he oversaw the financial affairs of several companies involved in quick food service operations and managed an investment company.

 

Having always wanted to own his own business, he became a partner in The Loon’s Call Campground & Cottage Resort, a seasonal resort operation located in Cloyne, Ontario.

After leaving the Hanley Group of Companies in 2004, Kevin continued his accounting practice, assisting clients with business planning and financial matters in addition to providing traditional accounting and taxation services until June 2012 when he joined W.A. Robinson Asset Management as its full-time CFO. He also holds the CCO (Chief Compliance Officer) title.