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Great leadership makes a great company.

We believe it’s all about bringing together people who truly care about your future. It’s why we have some of the most experienced and knowledgeable people in the business on our management team who share our commitment to meeting your mortgage financing needs, today and tomorrow.

Dong Lee, MBA, AMP
President

As recently appointed President of Mortgage Architects, Dong Lee brings over 15 years expertise in both residential mortgage financing and financial services. Dong has held senior positions at another mortgage brokerage, chartered banks and a mortgage insurer. In these roles, Dong has overseen the strategic development of alternate mortgage delivery channels, played a critical role in acquisitions, led the integration of brokerage operations and launched the Korean Banking Centre for a major bank.

Mr. Lee holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Queen's University and his MBA through Dalhousie University.

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Harcharan Upal
Vice President of Operations and
Network Development

Harcharan began his career in the mortgage industry in 2002 with First National Financial LP, where he worked as a Senior Residential Mortgage Underwriter. His career at First National spanned 10 years and made for a seamless transition to supporting brokers as Vice-President of Business Development for Argentum Mortgage and Finance Corp.

Harcharan's vast lending experience combined with his sound understanding of the broker channel makes for his success in providing leadership and mentoring. His dynamic personality and dedication to the industry allows him to provide his customers with a level of service that exceeds their expectations.

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Michele Steko
VP, Ontario

Michele brings over 12 years of financial industry experience both in the broker and lender channels. Michele’s experience in both sales and mentoring have contributed to the success and growth of brokers in her prior role as Senior Account Manager.  She has also raised the bar for service that is unparalleled and earned her the respect of others in the industry. 

Michele’s strong leadership skills coupled with her integrity and superior interpersonal skills have allowed her to grow strong relationships and foster key partnerships spanning various industry groups.

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Meini Ickert, AMP
VP, Western Canada

Meini Ickert has more than 30 years of financial industry experience, much of which was spent fostering mortgage brokerage channel growth for a major Canadian bank. His unparalleled expertise, integrity, commitment and standard of excellence are ideally suited to establish Mortgage Architects as a frontrunner in the Canadian mortgage market. Mr. Ickert has considerable success developing strong broker relationships through exceptional and value-added service, and by partnering with key industry groups.

In 2007, the Mortgage Brokers Association of BC (MBABC) presented Mr. Ickert with an Outstanding Contribution Award in recognition of his involvement with the association, particularly for his dedication to industry education. In 2008, the Canadian Association of Accredited Mortgage Planners (CAAMP) presented him with an Outstanding Contribution Award to celebrate his work with the mortgage industry in Western Canada.

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Riadh Trigui
VP, Eastern Canada

Riadh graduated from the University of Sfax in Tunisia with a focus on Financial Management. He started his career at CITI GROUP, Tunisian Branch, as a Financial Advisor, eventually being promoted to Assistant Branch Manager where he held the role for nine years.

Riadh has been an Accredited Mortgage Professional for more than 13 years in Canada, worked as a mortgage broker for three years and more than 10 years as a Regional Director and Director of Sales and Development at Multi Prêts Hypotheques. Throughout his career, Riadh recruited, trained and coached hundreds of mortgage brokers and participated in the implementation of dozens of mortgage offices.

P 450.973.3350 ext.300

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Urma Mollema, AMP
Director, National Sales

Urma is an accomplished business women with 20 years in diverse industries with Financial Services and Franchising as the main components. She is a leader and innovator who is able to efficiently and effectively implement and manage goals and a proven success in building up businesses. Prior to moving to Canada with her family, Urma owned and operated the largest Independent Mortgage Brokerage in South Africa with 64 franchise locations earning a number of individual and business awards. With an insatiable appetite for learning, Urma is currently taking a BA Organizational Leadership.

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