Message From The President

As President of the MIABC it is my duty and privilege to deliver the Annual report for the Association.  This is an update on the status of the Organization and the vision for our future for the Board of Directors and the Membership. 

We currently have 750 individual members in over 103 member companies.

With the growth of the association we focused on certain efficiencies:

(a) hiring a third-party accounting firm to compile our quarterly and annual financials

(b) ensuring a new Treasurer is elected with the appropriate credentials; and

(c) adding a Treasurer elect position to identify early on a clear line of succession creating confidence among the Board and our Members.

The Speakers Committee ensured relevant speakers were brought in and the Social Committee made sure that the Winter Social and today’s event met or exceeded your expectations.  Over the past couple of years luncheon registration averaged increased from the low 80s to around 120 and in January of this year we again tied our own attendance record with over 220 registered for the sell-out event.

The Annual MIABC Charity Golf Tournament, which benefits the Greater Vancouver Food Bank has continued to be a huge success, with an amazing turnout this year thanks to the continued hard work and dedication of the Golf Committee.

The executive has worked hard to identify potential new Board Members as well as identify and recruit candidates for Major Committee Chairs.

I am proud to report on the first year success of a new committee struck in September, the Future Outreach Committee.  The goal of the committee is to find effective ways to connect with student groups and exhibit the positive opportunities of embarking upon careers in the mortgage industry.  Some great work was done by members of the committee and we look forward to planting more seeds with our future colleagues in our industry.

Time is such an important commodity in all of our lives.  Our board is entirely made up of volunteers who willingly give of their precious time. Today, I want to express my gratitude to you for your donation of your quality time and your efforts on behalf of the MIABC - thank you. 

This year, as in any year, marked some departures from the board.   I wish to thank Barry Fenton, Aaron Chee, and Stephen Kwok for their volunteer service to the organization, and to single out the contribution of Barry for special thanks and note that his initial involvement with the MIABC board dates back 35 years, including a spell as president and more recently as the decade-long chair of the golf committee, raising an enormous sum for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank in that time, not to mention his tireless promotion of youth into the mortgage professions.  On a sadder note, we also lost James Tisdall this past year to his battle with cancer.  He was a vibrant director and a shining example of a professional in our industry.  He was lost to us far too soon and I ask everyone to hold him and his family in their hearts.

I would like to thank the existing 2018-2019 Board members:

  • Lea Billard, Past President
  • Andy Pham, Vice President
  • Wesley McCrorie, Treasurer
  • Amanda Magee, Secretary


  • Jeff Puhl
  • Robyn Adamache
  • Aaron Chee
  • Sam Dayal
  • Barry Fenton
  • Janice Funke
  • Golden Ma
  • Jim McGregor
  • Lonnie Neufeld
  • James Tisdall
  • Mark Wong
  • Graham Collings
  • Sam Fogell

A big thank you also to our Executive Coordinator, Michelle Holst, for all the help and support throughout the year.

Last but not least, it is the members of the MIABC that make this industry association such a valuable part of BC’s real estate and mortgage investment community, so thank you to all the members and their guests that supports the activities of the MIABC.

In closing, I look forward to pursuing the exciting ventures that we started in the past year while maintaining the steady growth of the association.


Mark Baron

President, MIABC 2019 - 2020

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