We would like to welcome Roberto Blanco to our team at Pillar.
He 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 him on our growing team!
If you need someone to call for funding your tough deals in South Western Ontario and GTA, call Roberto today!
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.
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.
Leigh obtained her Mortgage Agent License in 2012 and maintains a strong knowledge base in compliance standards with FSCO and other regulatory bodies associated with mortgage lending.
She screens the properties to ensure they meet our requirements while scoring the deal for appropriate pricing to match borrower needs and investor expectations – a balancing act only prudent underwriting can accomplish.
Leigh has two diplomas (Office Administration Executive and Law Clerk) through Algonquin College. She has been with Pillar since 2011 and spent two years in a legal office setting dealing with real estate, wills and estates, taxation and corporate accounts during her time there.
She has been a volunteer with “Camp Quality” in Eastern Ontario that sends young children, affected by cancer, to camp for a week in the summer. She has also been a member of the Lanark Figure Skating club for 10 years as her daughter is an avid figure skater.
Alyssa coordinates with the underwriting team and solicitors while interacting with the referral agent to ensure a smooth process.
Alyssa is the glue that binds the closing process for all residential funding for Pillar.
The number of dots that need connecting to properly fund a deal can be overwhelming, and Alyssa gets the job done with a smile on her face – a difficult task for many.
She helps gather the documentation on files in progress, creates weekly reports for management on closings and chairs the bi-weekly underwriting meetings. She manages our approved appraisers list and coordinates incoming calls to underwriters and the business development team.
Alyssa obtained an Office Administration diploma from St. Lawrence College and is a licensed mortgage agent. She has been with the company since 2012 and was previously the Marketing Coordinator for Big Brothers & Sisters in Lanark County.
Living nearby in Mountain Grove, Alyssa continues to volunteer with Big Brothers & Sisters and supports the Diabetes and Heart & Stroke foundations.
Phillip manages the mortgage administration and mortgage underwriting teams.
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. He liaises with the CEO and CFO to keep abreast of any changes in funding targets and amendments to the risk profile of the Fund throughout the year, and communicates his findings to the teams he manages.
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.
He is currently serving his second term in a council position with the township of Central Frontenac and sits on the planning committee. Phillip has been the treasurer for the Parham Agricultural Society and sat on the Hinchinbrooke Recreation Committee.
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 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 joined us in 2014 and manages much of the data related to mortgages funded. She tracks insurance payments to ensure the property is protected at all times while managing construction advances and mortgage amendments.
Jamie previously worked with St. Lawrence College as an administrative assistant and within a real estate office in a similar role.
Involved in her community, Jamie coaches a local soccer team in her free time.
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 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.