Meet the Team

Brian Chelin


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.

Ben Goldberg


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. Past member of the Board of Governors of the Canada Israel Chamber of Commerce.

Sam Fogell

Principal - Commercial Mortgages

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. He sits on the Board of Directors for the Mortgage Investment Association of British Columbia.

Golden Ma

Associate Vice President, Commercial Mortgages (B.C.)

Prior to that, Golden worked for 7 years in commercial and small business financing with CTBC Bank and with Business Development Bank of Canada. Golden holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Victoria. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Mortgage Investment Association of British Columbia. Golden is responsible for commercial loans origination within British Columbia.

Jennifer Friesen

Manager – Underwriting Department

Jennifer is bilingual and holds a degree in biopsychology from the University of Victoria.

Stanley Ng


He draws upon 20-plus years of experience in the accounting industry. Stanley obtained a Bachelor of Science from the University of British Columbia and later earned the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation. Stanley began his career at KPMG. He has held positions as Vice-President of a privately-owned export finance company where he gained international experience in England and Luxembourg at the same time working with Canadian national banks and the Province of B.C. He was also Vice-President of a real estate sales and marketing company, leading corporate accounting and finance.

Cecile Dar Santos

Office Administrator

She is responsible for office management as well as various administrative matters for Lanyard. Cecile is also the local Registered Dealing Representative with Belco Private Capital Inc, the Exempt Market Dealer engaged by Lanyard. Cecile brings to the company several years of experience in the financial services industry. She holds a BA in Economics from the University of Western Ontario.

Dealing Representative, Belco Private Capital Inc.
All Know-Your-Client (KYC), suitability and relationship disclosure information may be conducted only by persons registered as dealing representatives of a Registrant.

Emily Miles

Acquisitions Manager (Ottawa)

John Yen

Underwriter & Closer

Prior to joining Lanyard, John acquired extensive experience in mortgage underwriting through various positions at several financial institutions including a chartered bank. John has also worked in an underwriting capacity for a national mortgage brokerage firm. John is fluent in both Cantonese and Mandarin. In his free time, he enjoys spending time outdoors and pursuing his passion for photography.

Zachary Redekop

Associate Underwriter and Real Estate Analyst

He brings five years of experience in commercial real estate from the brokerage, appraisal, and alternative lending industries. Zach has underwritten a variety of transactions, both for debt and equity markets, involving industrial, office, retail, and multi-family assets. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree with a concentration in Finance from Thompson Rivers University and is currently completing the PGCV (Post-Graduate Certificate in Real Property Valuation) Program at UBC.