AFG Team 2024

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, Chief Operating Officer

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.

Colin Atwood, VP of Sales, Alpine Credits Ltd.

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.

Mike Tees

Michael Tees, SVP Commercial Mortgages

Michael came to Amur Financial Group with 25 years of corporate finance experience with a number of Canadian and foreign chartered banks. His finance experience includes real estate finance, construction finance as well as both private and public companies operating in diverse industries. He has also worked for the Canadian Bankers Association on special assignment during a review of the Bank Act. Michael received a Governor in Council appointment to the Board of Directors of Farm Credit Canada, and was appointed to both the Governance and Audit committees Michael also volunteers his time as a member of the Loan Review Committee for the Indian Agriculture Program of Ontario which provides financing to Indigenous business operating in the agriculture industry. Michael earned an honors undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto and an MBA from the University of Washington, Seattle.

Micah Verceles, Director of Sales and Operations, Sequence Capital Inc.

Micah has been with Amur Financial Group since January 2014, where he has had the privilege of working with every origination brand of AFG. Micah earned his Diploma of Technology in Financial Management at BCIT in 2004. In 2006, he received his Real Estate Finance Diploma from the Sauder School of Business at UBC. Since then, he has worked for one of Canada’s largest lenders as an underwriter, an independent mortgage consultant and even a lender. Throughout the years he has brokered and funded billions of dollars’ worth of transactions.

Sonal Goyal

Sonal Goyal, VP 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.

Khatereh Pourasadollahi, Director of Marketing

Khatereh joined Amur Financial Group in 2021. She has been instrumental in developing the company’s Digital Marketing Strategy and is focused on the implementation and execution of the key elements of the strategy. Khatereh is a business professional with 7+ years of international marketing experience and her work has centered around identifying key trends and insights, setting long-term strategic direction, and collaborating across organizations in the health and finance industry. Khatereh is an Industrial Engineer who continued along her educational pursuits in business by obtaining a Master’s degree in Global Leadership, an Executive MBA in Strategic Management and a Ph.D. in Business Administration with a specialization in Marketing. Outside of AFG, Khatereh enjoys her time as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Leadership at the University Canada West.

Sean Adamick

Sean Adamick, VP Finance, Fund Management

Sean has over nineteen years’ experience in investment management, real estate finance and accounting.  Prior to joining AFG, he was a Managing Director & Portfolio Manager at CMLS Financial, one of the largest non-bank financial institutions in Canada with over $40 billion in assets under administration, where he was focused on building out the alternative investment management division.  Sean also served on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee as treasurer for the Canadian Alternative Lenders Association from 2021-2022 and continues to be an advisor for the finance and audit committee.
Sean began his career with KPMG LLP in Vancouver and spent several years with RBC Capital Markets’ top-ranked diversified financials equity research team covering publicly traded investment management companies and mortgage and housing companies. Sean is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and a CFA Charterholder.

Brad Ferraro

Brad Ferraro, VP Fund Management

Brad joined the group in early 2013. Brad started as Mortgage Administration Manager before coming a Fund Manager in 2016. Brad now acts as the VP of Fund Management for Amur Capital, while still overseeing daily operations for Amur Financial Group. Brad holds a bachelor’s degree, obtained while on a baseball scholarship. He has also completed the Canadian Securities Course. In his free time, Brad enjoys playing golf, hockey, going fishing and spending time with his wife and four children.

Jason Scheon

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.

Ricky Ogange, Fund Manager

Ricky joined Amur Financial Group in 2019. He is responsible for Underwriting and Risk Management, as well as special projects within Fund Management. Previously, Ricky served as a senior mortgage broker and lending specialist under the Alpine Credits brand. Besides a mortgage brokerage license, Ricky holds a Bachelor’s degree and post-graduate qualifications in development studies and information technology, project management, and international business management. In his free time, Ricky enjoys causal-comparative research, golf, and spending time with family.

Emilie

Emilie Takahashi, Junior Fund Manager

Emilie joined Amur Financial Group in 2020. She works alongside the Fund Management Team, assisting with underwriting and risk management. She is a licensed mortgage broker and has previously worked under the Alpine Credits brand as a Financial Solutions Specialist for two years and a year as their Team Leader. Outside of work, Emilie enjoys skiing, travelling, and spending time in the great outdoors.

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.

Brian Wang, Director of IT

Brian joined Amur Financial Group in 2022. He is an enthusiastic and seasoned IT professional with the determination and drive to deliver. Brian brings in 18 years of experience working with large publicly listed companies in the United States, that specialize in Information Technology, Agriculture, Manufacturing and Healthcare across Asia Pacific and North America. Brian holds his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Jilin University. As the leader of the IT team, Brian’s main focus is on his leadership, technical expertise, business relationships and project management. Outside of work, Brian enjoys playing basketball, video games and spending time with his family.

Pav Shroff

Pav Shroff, Director of People & Culture

Pav is the Director of People & Culture at Amur Financial Group and focuses on HR Strategy & Planning, Learning & Development and Culture whilst providing Leadership Support to the Executive Team on all People matters. She is a seasoned qualified professional with over 20 years’ experience having worked with Fortune 500 / world-class private and public listed multinational companies in senior business roles. Pav has experience in start-ups, mature organisations, in stand-alone positions as well as in managing global teams across Africa, CIS, Middle East, North America, the Subcontinent, Turkey & UK. Pav holds a BA (Hons) in Human Resources with Information Systems from the University of Hertfordshire (UK), a MA in Human Resources Management from the University of Westminster (UK), is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD (UK), a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (Canada) and a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (USA). Outside of work, Pav loves to travel and enjoys volunteering. She currently serves as a Board Member with the Surrey Women’s Centre (Surrey, BC) as well as with the Lower Mainland Purpose Society for Youth and Families (New Westminster, BC).

Advisory Council

Kurt Wipp

Kurt Wipp, Executive Chairman

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

Brent Wipp, 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.