The Pillar Team
Supporting you at every stage.
Pillar Underwriting & Broker Support Team: 1-877-279-2116 | info@pillarfinancial.ca
Agostino Tuzi
Senior Vice-President, Sales and Operations
Agostino Tuzi
Senior Vice-President, Sales and Operations

Agostino has a multifaceted understanding of the industry, with over 20 years of experience.

Agostino is a dynamic professional with more than 20 years of experience working in mortgage lending, with a particular specialty in leadership and business development.

 

Agostino’s arrival couldn’t come at a better time as we are seeing unprecedentedly high demand for Pillar’s mortgage solutions. He will play a key role in driving our ambitious growth goals, as well as building on Pillar’s excellent reputation of delivering professional and timely services to our mortgage broker network. This is an exciting development to strengthen the Pillar team and our offering across Ontario and beyond.

 

You can reach Agostino directly by calling +1 (416) 220-3667 or emailing him at agostino@pillarfinancial.ca

 

Cory Thompson | Ext 204
Manager, Business Development and Client Relations
Cory Thompson | Ext 204
Manager, Business Development and Client Relations

Leading the business development team, Cory provides top-notch service to our mortgage broker community while maintaining the integrity and standards of Pillar Financial.

Cory Thompson started in 2003 in the Tax and Portfolio Departments with W.A. Robinson Asset Management Ltd. where he learned the ins and outs. Transitioning to Pillar’s 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.

 

A licensed mortgage agent and experienced underwriter, Cory has seen every residential mortgage financing opportunity there is. He knows how to structure a deal while maintaining the respect of our partners day in and day out. While providing top-notch service to our mortgage broker community, he maintains the integrity and standards of Pillar Financial. This has led to his transition into Pillar’s Business Development Manager in 2019.

 

Cory is also 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.

Jo-Anne Fleming
Business Development Manager, Southwestern Ontario
Jo-Anne Fleming
Business Development Manager, Southwestern Ontario

With nearly 15 years’ experience as a mortgage agent, mortgage underwriter and credit adjudicator, Jo-Anne has a deep knowledge of the mortgage industry that spans many different facets. As the new Business Development Officer in Southwest Ontario, her expertise allows her to provide clients with invaluable support as a key member of Pillar’s business development team.

 

To get in touch with Jo-Anne, please call her: 519-495-2455 or email her at: jo-anne@pillarfinancial.ca

Tony Cook
Business Development Manager, Eastern Ontario
Tony Cook
Business Development Manager, Eastern Ontario

With years of experience in residential construction, as a business owner and mortgage agent, Tony has deep industry knowledge when it comes to Ontario residential real eastate. His expertise will help him provide invaluable support to our clients.

To contact Tony, please email: tony@pillarfinancial.ca

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.

David Purdon | Ext 309
Residential Underwriter
David Purdon | Ext 309
Residential Underwriter

David 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
Amber Emmons
Funding Specialist
Amber Emmons
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.

Tanya Stone
Mortgage Operations Accounting Officer
Tanya Stone
Mortgage Operations Accounting Officer
Kristina Hodges
Construction Loans Officer
Kristina Hodges
Construction Loans Officer
Sharon Gable
Mortgage Administration Clerk
Sharon Gable
Mortgage Administration Clerk
Tara Wellman
Payouts, Renewals, & Risk Analyst
Tara Wellman
Payouts, Renewals, & Risk Analyst
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 is the CEO and Portfolio Manager (AR) of W.A. Robinson Asset Management Ltd.

A strong sense of place has been a common thread throughout Matthew’s life. A love of the outdoors fostered since childhood grew into a deep appreciation for the tangibility of real estate, leading him to start his career in this industry in 1996.

 

Today, Matthew is an Ontario real estate expert with expertise in mortgage lending, administration, and investment management, as well as years of experience as a real estate broker and mortgage broker. He became CEO of W.A. Robinson after purchasing the company from his father in 2014.

 

Matthew leads his team’s efforts in solving two fundamental challenges: helping those who require capital to build or buy Canadian real estate and helping those with capital who are seeking a fixed-income solution that provides a reasonable return. These efforts are guided by Matthew’s small-town values, conservative investment philosophy, and commitment to relationships built on trust.

 

Matthew is responsible for the strategic direction of W.A. Robinson and Pillar Financial, as well as the operations of Frontenac Mortgage Investment Corporation. He is a Chartered Investment Manager and holds the Advising Representative designation with the Ontario Securities Commission.

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.

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