Executive Team

Arif Mulji, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Arif joined Amur Financial Group in 2013 and took on the responsibility of overseeing sales, marketing and business development for the Group. As the Group has continued to hire a talented team, Arif is focused on strategy development and implementation for the organization and, driving sustainable growth for the Group of companies. Arif brings over 20 years of business experience and has held roles in sales, marketing, sales management, finance and management consulting. Outside of Amur Financial, Arif enjoys teaching in the Business faculties at the University of Calgary (until 2015) and at Douglas College. Arif obtained BSc and MSc degrees from UBC, an MBA (Finance and International Business) from the University of Calgary and the Chartered Professional Accountant designation (CPA, CMA) from CPABC. In his free time, Arif enjoys sports, reading and spending time with his family.

Steve Anderson, Chief Financial Officer

Steve joined Amur with over 20 years of professional experience working for both public and private companies including Westport Innovations, The Jim Pattison Group and KPMG. Steve has an MBA from UBC along with a Chartered Professional Accounting Designation (CPA, CA) with over 5 years auditing experience. Steve oversees all accounting, financial reporting, IT, cash flow management and financial management of the funds. Outside of work, Steve enjoys time with friends, trips with his family and a round of golf.

Matthew Boulton, EVP – Fund Management

Matthew joined Amur Financial Group in 2015 and oversees fund management related activities of the group including Amur Capital Management our captive Exempt Market Dealer. Matthew also acts as AFG’s representative with the Canadian Alternative Mortgage Lender’s Association and the Private Capital Markets Association. Matthew graduated from Carleton University with a BA and obtained his MBA in 2012 while working as a business banker with TD Canada Trust. Matthew has continued his studies through UBC Sauder School of Business Executive Education program, the Institute for Canadian Bankers, the Canadian Securities Institute and the Institute for Financial Services Education. As a volunteer, Matthew chairs the Kwantlan Polytechnic University (KPU) joint Finance and Investment committee and is a Director and Treasurer of the KPU Foundations. Matthew and his wife have two young children and he enjoys golfing, coaching, cycling, playing guitar and the outdoors.

Mike Poettcker, VP of Underwriting

Mike joined Amur Financial Group in January 2020 as an experienced investment professional (specializing in alternative assets) with a demonstrated history of contributing to organizational growth through mentoring and coaching top-producing teams, building relationships and managing risk. Mike has extensive and developed skills in both the investment and loan underwriting industries (commercial, personal and private placements). Mike has completed the Exempt Market Proficiency Course as well as the Partners, Directors, and Senior Officers Course and is a Chartered Investment Manager. Mike is also a licensed Mortgage Broker (for over 10 years) and has worked in the past as a licensed Mutual Fund Salesperson and Compliance Officer. Away from the office, Mike plays as much tennis as possible and delights in coaching both his son’s soccer team and his daughter’s baseball team.

Ashok Gupta, VP of Marketing

Ashok joined the Amur Financial in 2020 and is a passionate marketer and a creative thinker having spent several years in senior leadership roles for various global and national organizations spanning across different verticals such as CPG, retail advertising and the financial sector. He brings over 25 years of global marketing, brand strategy and digital experience and has worked both on the agency and client side. He has worked with top brands such as Coca-Cola, Unilever, J. Walter Thomson, Pharmasave Drugs and HSBC, Vancity and First West Credit Union. In that time, Ashok has overseen the development of brand strategy, digital marketing, and consumer research and has managed & led an engaged team of highly skilled and motivated marketers across different categories.

Ashok’s strengths lie in data based decision-making, applying strategic agility, strategic planning, innovation, operational management, execution excellence, creativity & building relationships, social media and digital marketing. When not immersed in developing marketing strategies he is a globetrotter, proud father, an avid skier and an outdoor enthusiast living life to the fullest.

Colin Johnston, VP of National Sales, Sequence Capital

Colin Johnston is the Vice President of National Sales for Sequence Capital, an up and coming direct to mortgage broker, private mortgage industry disruptor. This marks the third time Colin has launched an established brand into the broker channel. He accomplished this feat at both Manulife Bank as the Regional Director of the Mortgage Broker Channel and at Home Equity Bank as the VP of Sales for Western Canada. Colin has also been a District Manager and Branch Manager for HSBC Finance.

In addition, Colin has been a part of the launch team for Mortgage Maestro (AFG’s new digital mortgage brand). Mortgage Maestro offers customers an easy mortgage process that can be completed from the convenience of their home with the assistance of our mortgage experts.

Colin credits his success to a foundation that was forged on the family farm in Clearwater, BC and an education from Thompson Rivers University. As a sports enthusiast, he cheers for the Seattle Seahawks and Vancouver Canucks. Colin is a resident in South Surrey BC, where he spends time with his wife and his rescue dog.

Colin Atwood, VP of Sales – Alpine Credits

Colin has been with Alpine Credits since 2006. He joined the group with a background as a financial planner at Sunlife for over 7 years. Before that, he shaped young minds as a teacher at both private and public schools in BC. He holds a Bachelor of Education degree from Queens University and has been mentoring and leading the commercial broker team at Alpine Credits for well over a decade. Colin enjoys spending time with family and friends and the occasional round of golf.

Gelareh Dadres, Director of Sales, Alpine Credits

Gelareh (Gel) Joined Amur Financial Group in 2018 and has taken on key management roles in the sales organization. Gel has been instrumental in the development of the sales team and implementing new technologies and business processes. She joined the group with a background in unsecured lending for over 5 years. Before that, Gel managed the Sales Training for new hires at Home Trust focusing on mortgages and credit cards. She holds a Bachelors of Arts degree with a concentration in Law and English literature from Carleton University. In her spare time, Gel enjoys spending time with her friends and family focusing on her teenage son (who keeps her hands full). Aside from that, she enjoys reading, travelling and learning about different cultures.

Kevin Moore, Director of Information Technology

Kevin joined the Amur Financial Group in September of 2019 and is responsible for all technology in the organization. Kevin brings over 25 years’ experience in Software Development, Project Management and Information Technology and has been instrumental in implementing best practices in Cyber Security, business process re-engineering and new technology utilization for the group. Kevin also enjoy hiking, kayaking and golfing with his family.

Sonal Goyal, Director of Finance

Sonal joined Amur Financial Group in 2018 and is responsible for establishing financial policies, procedures, controls and reporting systems apart from overseeing finance operations and ensuring the business is running efficiently for the Group and supporting new business initiatives. Sonal brings in 15 years of professional experience working with both publicly listed and private companies in the banking and telecommunications sectors across Asia, Africa, and North America. Sonal has a Masters in Accounting and Business Statistics and holds Chartered Professional Accounting designation (Canada) along with Chartered Accountant designation (India) with over 5 years of auditing and consulting experience with EY. Sonal is an active volunteer with the British Columbia Chapter of ICAI (Institute of Chartered Accountants of India) and enjoys spending time with family in her spare time.

Jason Schoen, Fund Manager

Jason has been with Amur Financial for a total of 19 years. He is a licensed mortgage broker joining the group originally under the Alpine Credits brand and has worked in a variety of positions including senior mortgage broker on the sales team, General Manager of Alpine Credits and currently works with the fund management team as a senior underwriter/risk manager. Away from the office, Jason enjoys spending time with family and friends, camping and barbequing.

Nick Theobald, Fund Manager

Nick joined Amur Financial Group in 2017 and has taken on the responsibility of overseeing loss prevention activities and managing foreclosure processes for Amur’s Mortgage Investment Corporations. Nick is also involved with mortgage selection and purchasing activities for Blue Stripe Financial. Nick has his bachelor’s degree from Simon Fraser University, mortgage brokerage license from UBC, and has completed the Canadian Securities Course while actively pursuing his CIM designation. Outside of the office Nick enjoys traveling, playing golf, and spending as much time outdoors as he can.

Daisy Mazo, Office Manager and Corporate Secretary

Daisy joined the administration team at Amur Financial Group in 2016. Her disposition to continually learn, presented an opportunity for her to gain experience in all of the key roles of administration, which culminated in her position as the Team Lead. Since 2020, Daisy transitioned into a dedicated role as the Office Ambassador where she is responsible for efficient functioning of the office, new employee orientation and training. In 2021, Daisy added the role of Corporate Secretary for all board and advisory meetings to her repertoire. When not at the office, Daisy appreciates time with her five children, loves playing sports, camping and fishing with her family.

Advisory Council

Kurt Wipp, Managing Director

Kurt joined Amur Financial in 2005 and oversees the strategic direction of the group. Along with his brother Brent, he has been responsible for increasing the Group’s funds under management from $5 Million to $700 Million and expanding its operations across Canada. Kurt has over 25 years of business experience in roles involving investment banking, corporate strategy, international structured finance and board of director representation. During his career, Kurt has lived in Milan, Montreal, Auckland, Dallas and London (UK). He has an MBA from studies at the University of British Columbia and Università Bocconi (Italy) and a Joint Honors degree in Economics and Business from Simon Fraser University. In his free time, Kurt enjoys the outdoors, travel and spending time with his family.

Brent Wipp, Managing Director

Brent has over 30 years’ experience in the peer to peer private loans industry and is one of the founding directors of Amur Financial. He acts as the Managing Director of the group and in his role has overseen the development of Amur Financial Group’s proprietary software and ensures the streamlined operation of the company. Along with his brother Kurt, they have been responsible for increasing the Group’s funds under management from $5 Million to $700 Million. Brent is a registered mortgage broker in both British Columbia and Alberta and has a Diploma of Technology from Selkirk College. In his free time Brent enjoys playing squash, travel, the outdoors and spending time with his family.

Kevin Budd, Director

Kevin is President of Pacific Southshore Ventures Inc., with investments in a number of private businesses. He is also President of Monashee Capital Corp; a firm that provides M&A advisory and general corporate finance advisory. Prior to this, Kevin was a Senior Officer and Vice President of Methanex Corporation whose responsibilities were leading transaction and capital markets activities. He holds an MBA from studies at the University of British Columbia and the London Business School (United Kingdom). Kevin also received an honors degree in Mechanical Engineering from Waterloo University.

Wade Nesmith, Director

Wade co-founded Creation Capital Corp. in 2018 and led that company through its acquisition of Greenlane Biogas in 2019, with the resulting company, Greenlane Renewables Inc., being listed on the TSX Venture Exchange. Greenlane is now listed on the main board of the TSX and Wade chairs the company. Wade founded Primero Mining Corp. in 2008, acting as CEO until 2010 and Chairman until 2018. He was founding Board member of Westport Innovations Inc. and Silver Wheaton Corp. and was previously Superintendent of Brokers (Executive Director) of the British Columbia Securities Commission (1989–1992), and then a senior partner, specializing in securities law with Lang Michener LLP (now McMillan LLP) (1993 to 1998). He has been a director of more than 20 companies since 1993. Wade obtained his LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School.

Steve King, Director

Steve is the President and CEO of Alaris and has served in that role since he co-founded the company in 2004. He has also served on the board of directors of Alaris since the company went public in 2008. Prior to creating Alaris, Steve spent 12 years in the investment banking industry in both Toronto and Calgary, advising both public and private company entrepreneurs on their capital raising needs. He is also a director of Metropolitan Investment Corporation, a private investment company. In addition to overseeing the daily operations of Alaris, Steve is involved in every facet of the investment process and is an integral part of the relationships that are created with each of Alaris’ partners. Steve is a married father of three children and an avid sports fan, player and coach.