Our directors align their interests with yours
Board of Directors
Unlike most investment funds, our directors hold a significant investment in their own fund – aligning their interests directly with the shareholders of the fund.
Ryan Mortgage’s directors are as dedicated as they are experienced. They all have unique expertise and experience in their field.
Kurt Wipp, President & Director
Kurt has over 20 years experience in finance, marketing and business operations including roles involving private equity investments, structured finance, capital allocation and investment banking. He holds an MBA from studies at the University of British Columbia and Universita Bocconi (Italy), a Joint Honors degree in Economics and Business from Simon Fraser University and has studied at various world class business schools including the Wharton School of Business, Columbia University, Chicago School of Business and the Oxford Said Business School (United Kingdom).
Brent Wipp, Director
Brent has been involved in the Western Canadian private mortgage market and consumer finance business since 1983 and has been on Ryan Mortgage’s board as a director since its inception in 1984. He holds a mortgage brokers license in Alberta and British Columbia and received his Diploma of Technology from Selkirk College.
Kevin Budd, Director
Kevin is President of Pacific Southshore Ventures Inc., with investments in a number of private businesses. Kevin is also President of Monashee Capital Corp.; a firm that provides M&A advisory and general corporate finance advisory. Prior to this, Mr. Budd 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). He is a professional engineer and 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.