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Our 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. He sits as a member of the Board of Governors for the Camp Hatikvah Foundation, the Canada Israel Chamber of Commerce and the Ohel Ya'akov Community Kollel.

Sam Fogell, Vice President - Commercial Mortgages (BC, AB, SK, MB & ON)

Sam Fogell joined Lanyard in December 2010 and is responsible for Lanyard's direct investment portfolio. 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.

Christine Perkins, Residential Mortgages Regional Account Manager (Western Canada)

Christine Perkins joined Lanyard June 2016 and is responsible for Lanyard's residential mortgage portfolio for Western Canada.  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.

Robyn Duffy, Residential Mortgages Regional Account Manager (Ontario)

Robyn Duffy joined Lanyard in November of 2016 and is responsible for Lanyard's residential mortgage portfolio for Ontario. Robyn attended Simon Fraser University where she received her Bachelor of Arts with a major in Political Science.

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.

Margarita Vasquez, Mortgage Administration/Underwriter Assistant

Margarita Vasquez joined Lanyard in May 2018 and handles mortgage administration on Lanyard's Residential Mortgage portfolio as well as miscellaneous administrative matters. Margarita attended VanArts where she studied Digital Photography, and attended Douglas College for a Diploma in Office Administration.

Christine Xu, Accountant

Christine joined Lanyard in April 2017. She assists with all matters of financial administration and other responsibilities including trust accounting, loan administration, daily accounting, employee payroll and financial reporting. Christine has many years of finance and accounting experience in banking, international trading, insurance agency and real estate development. Christine obtained her CPA CGA designation in 2007.