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Canadian Lenders Association Announce Paul Pitcher as 2019 Leaders in Lending Award, presented by BMO Financial Group.

November 11, 2019 8:10 pm Published by Leave your thoughts
Managing Partner of SharpShooter Funding©, Mr. Paul Pitcher, discusses the fine points of Small Business Funding at the Inaugural deBanked Toronto Connect event this past July 2019.

Canadian Lenders Association (CLA), the voice of the innovative business and consumer lending industry, announces the Top 25 Lenders of 2019.

“In partnership with BMO, we are excited to continue to celebrate innovation and leadership in Canada’s lending sector,” says Gary Schwartz, President of the CLA. “Today we announce the 25 individuals and 25 companies that have been nominated by their peers and selected by an expert committee.”

One individual and one company will be announced as the category winner at the CLA’s upcoming Canadian Lenders Summit on November 20th at MaRS, Toronto. The 2019 Tiffany & Co crystal awards will be presented by BMO.

“We are proud to sponsor this year’s lenders award that recognizes the world-class achievements of Canadian executives and companies and celebrates a commitment to ethical values, innovation, and leadership in 2019,” said Christine Cooper, Co-Head, Canadian Commercial Banking at BMO Financial Group.

Winners must act in accordance with the values and goals of the CLA as we work to advance the growth of all aspects of Canada’s lending ecosystem including policy, advocacy, standards, innovation, and the adherence to and promotion of best practices as well as commitment to safe and ethical lending standards.

2019 Top Executives in Lending are:

Paul Pitcher, CEO, SharpShooter Funding© –

Kevin Clark, President, Lendified –

David Gens, CEO, Merchant Growth –

Jason Mullins, CEO, goeasy –

Mark Ruddock, CEO, BFS Capital –

Steven Uster, CEO, FundThrough –

Neil Wechsler, CEO, Ondeck Canada –

Michael Wendland, CEO, Refresh –

About CLA

The CLA supports the growth of companies that are in the business of lending, or providing other means of credit, to small businesses and individuals by non-conventional or innovative means to exchange ideas and explore ways of improving the sector; encourage principled and professional practices by Innovative Lenders; educate the public at large about Innovative Lending; encourage individual potential borrowers to be informed about the appropriateness of Innovative Lending to the borrowers’ circumstances; and to advocate on behalf of, and represent the interests of Innovative Lenders.. 

The CLA promotes transparency and fosters responsible and ethical lending practices. The association supports innovative lending nationally including the technology & business processes that are transforming our financing industry.

To learn more about the CLA, please visit its websites at: and at

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