Team

Brian Chelin

Principal

Brian Chelin provides Lanyard with over twenty-five years of real estate development and finance experience. From 1994 to 1999, Brian was an executive of Hyland Turnkey Limited, an international real estate development, investment and management company based in Vancouver, British Columbia. From 1992 to 1994, he was an account manager with Sun Life Trust of Canada responsible for underwriting and managing a significant commercial mortgage portfolio spanning Western Canada.

Prior to this, Brian worked in a variety of roles for several real estate development companies. Brian graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1989 with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree specializing in Urban Land Economics. He also obtained a diploma in International Business Studies from the University of Copenhagen in 1988. Brian is also actively involved in many charitable organizations. He sits on the Board of Governors for the Camp Hatikvah Foundation and the Board of Directors for the Vancouver Talmud Torah School Association.

Ben Goldberg

Principal

Ben Goldberg brings to Lanyard expertise derived from a thirty year career as a corporate lawyer. From 1978 to 1992, Ben was an associate, and later a partner, in the Vancouver law firm of Freeman and Company. In 1992, he became a founding partner of the Vancouver based business law firm of Koffman Kalef where his practice areas included business acquisitions, mergers and divestitures, and the structuring of business relations.

Ben attended the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel and the University of British Columbia, Canada where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1974. He later attended Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia where he obtained his LLB in 1977 and, as a Commonwealth Scholar, attended Oxford University where he obtained his Masters in Jurisprudence in 1980. Ben is a member of the British Columbia Law Society and the British Columbia and Canadian Bar Associations and is actively involved in many charitable organizations.

Sam Fogell

Principal - Commercial Mortgages (BC, AB, SK, MB & ON)

Sam Fogell joined Lanyard in December 2010. From 2008 – 2010 Sam specialized in investment sales and leasing at Avison Young Commercial Real Estate. Prior to that Sam worked as a leasing analyst at SAP Business Objects and as a sales and account manager with a global leader in online marketing. Sam attended McGill University in Montreal, Quebec where he received his Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Finance. He sits on the Board of Directors for the Mortgage Investment Association of British Columbia.

Christine Perkins

Residential Mortgages Regional Account Manager (Western Canada)

Christine Perkins joined Lanyard June 2016 and is responsible for Lanyard’s residential mortgage portfolio. Christine brings over a decade of experience in private mortgage lending. From 2006 – 2016 Christine worked for two Mortgage Investment Corporations in BC as first a Business Development Manager and in her next position as Head Underwriter. Prior to that Christine worked as a Mortgage Broker. Christine holds a BA in Communications from Simon Fraser University.

Jennifer Friesen

Commercial Underwriter

Jennifer Friesen joined Lanyard in February of 2012 and handles all administrative matters on the Lanyard mortgage portfolio. Jennifer is bilingual and holds a degree in biopsychology from the University of Victoria.

Andy Lee

Underwriter

Andy Lee joined Lanyard in April 2019 and is responsible for the underwriting of commercial mortgages. Prior to starting with Lanyard, Andy worked with a Schedule III bank as Commercial Loan Officer. Andy is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and holds a degree in Economics from Simon Fraser University.

Frank Feng

Underwriter

Frank Feng joined Lanyard in June 2019. Prior to Lanyard, Frank worked at the underwriting office with a residential real estate mortgage lender in Vancouver, BC. Frank is passionate about real estate; he holds his BA in Communication and Culture from the University of Calgary.

Cecile Dar Santos

Office Administrator

Cecile joined Lanyard in April 2019 in the capacity of Administrative Assistant. She is responsible for office management as well as various administrative matters for Lanyard. Cecile is also the local Registered Dealing Representative with Belco Private Capital Inc, the Exempt Market Dealer engaged by Lanyard. Cecile brings to the company several years of experience in the financial services industry. She holds a BA in Economics from the University of Western Ontario.

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Karen Johnson

Controller

Karen Johnson joined Lanyard in March 2019 and brings more than 30 years of accounting experience. Prior to joining Lanyard, she provided tax expertise to a public accounting practice in Calgary. She has held senior management positions in the private and public sector. Karen is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified Management Accountant (CPA, CMA). She also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Bishop‘s University and a Master of Taxation degree from the University of Waterloo.