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Board of Directors

Jason Smith , Executive Chairman

Mr. Smith was appointed Executive Chairman in November 2020 after serving as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and a Director since founding Real Matters in 2004. He is a highly-regarded technology entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience building and leading companies in North America. Prior to founding Real Matters, Mr. Smith was a founder, director and executive of Basis100, which he built from a handful of employees into one of the largest publicly-traded technology providers within the mortgage banking industry worldwide. Basis100 was sold in 2004. A leader in the community, Mr. Smith is a director of several corporations and organizations, and is the former Chairman of the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation.

Garry M. Foster , Lead Independent Director

Mr. Foster served as President and CEO of the Baycrest Foundation, a charitable foundation that provides the financial resources necessary to support excellence in care, research and education related to aging, from 2013 to February 2017. He is the former Vice-Chair of Deloitte in Canada, a member of the Board of Trustees of SmartREIT, Chair of the Board of Cogniciti Inc., Chair of the Presto subcommittee of Metrolinx, a Board member of Payments Canada, a Fellow Chartered Accountant, and a Member of the Institute of Corporate Directors. Mr. Foster has worked with some of Canada's largest and most prestigious companies, advising them on governance, mergers, acquisition and a wide range of financial activities. He is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Masters of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business, and an Institute of Corporate Directors designation certification from the Rotman School of Business. Mr. Foster is the Audit Committee Chair for Real Matters.

Blaine Hobson , Director

Mr. Hobson is a seasoned operator, manager and investor with more than 30 years of experience successfully starting, building and running companies. He has been a partner with Whitecap Venture Partners, a diversified early stage venture capital fund investing in high growth companies, since November 2003. Prior to that, Mr. Hobson was the CEO of several WhiteCap Venture Partners investee companies, including Photonami Corp. and Avo Photonics Inc. Over the course of his career, he has successfully led a number of entrepreneurial ventures and teams in the automobile, manufacturing, medical supply, telecom and investment industries. Mr. Hobson originally joined Whitecap Venture Partners in 1995 as an Executive Vice President leading the Technology Practice, holding the role of “Entrepreneur in Residence”. He holds a degree from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

William T. Holland , Director

Mr. Holland is Executive Chairman of CI Financial Corp., Canada’s third-largest investment fund management company. He joined CI Financial Corp. in 1989 and held several progressively senior positions before being appointed CEO in 1999. He became Chairman in September 2010. Mr. Holland is also a director of the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation. Mr. Holland is on the Board of NEXJ Systems Inc., a public company which provides enterprise client relationship management solutions for the financial services, insurance and healthcare industries. He is also on the board of directors of Infor Acquisition Corp., a Special Purpose Acquisition Corporation.

Brian Lang , Director
Chief Executive Officer

Brian Lang was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Real Matters and joined its Board of Directors in November 2020. Mr. Lang joined Real Matters as President and Chief Operating Officer in June 2019. Prior to joining Real Matters, Mr. Lang was President of MasterCard Canada. Lang’s career with MasterCard spanned more than 13 years during which he held a number of senior executive positions in various geographies including Europe, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Canada. Prior to MasterCard, Lang held key management roles with CIBC and Aeroplan. Mr. Lang is a graduate of the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts. He is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt and has served on Junior Achievement Boards in three regions. He is also on the Boards of Crescent School and Brock University, and is an active United Way MIG member.

Frank V. McMahon , Director

Mr. McMahon has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. Mr. McMahon was Executive Chairman of DataQuick Information Systems, Inc. from 2011 until 2014 when the business was sold to CoreLogic Inc. Previously, he was Vice Chairman and CFO of First American Corporation, and CEO of the Information Solutions Group, LLC (renamed CoreLogic in 2010). Prior to 2006, he spent 20 years as an investment banker with Lehman Brothers Inc. and Merrill Lynch & Co., where he worked on more than 200 capital raising transactions and 70 strategic transactions. Mr. McMahon previously served on the boards of Decision Insight Information Group and First Advantage Corporation. Mr. McMahon holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Villanova University.

Lisa Melchior , Director

Lisa Melchior is the founder and President of Vertu Capital. She has more than 20 years of experience in the North American technology sector. Ms. Melchior is a former Managing Director of OMERS Private Equity (OPE), where she led the North American Technology Investment Group. She joined OPE in 1999 following a career as an investment banker with CIBC World Markets, and was a key member of the management team that built a direct investing private equity business for OMERS.

Peter Vukanovich , Director

Mr. Vukanovich is an entrepreneurial leader who has built teams that delivered growth through different business cycles over the last 30 years. He currently leads PMV Consulting Inc., a company which provides a variety of advisory services relating to the mortgage industry to a number of financial services clients. From May 2016 to October 2018, he was Senior Vice President for Teranet Inc.’s Commercial Solutions division. From June 2013 to September 2015, he served as President and CEO of CFF Bank (now Home Bank), a federally regulated Canadian bank. From October 1997 to May 2012, he held a number of senior executive roles with Genworth Financial Canada/GE Capital Mortgage Insurance Canada, including the President and CEO role for many of those years. He oversaw its significant growth as it became Canada’s largest private mortgage insurance company and listed on the TSX. Mr. Vukanovich is a Chartered Professional Accountant, holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto and has been a member of numerous not-for-profit boards and advisory committees.