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Board of Directors

Jason Smith , Chairman

Mr. Smith was appointed Chairman of Real Matters in November 2023 after serving as the Company’s Executive Chairman from 2020 to 2023, and its Chief Executive Officer and a Director since founding the Company in 2004. Under his leadership, Real Matters disrupted the North American appraisal industry and became one of the largest providers of residential real estate appraisals in the United States. Mr. Smith raised more than $200 million as a private company and completed five acquisitions leading up to Real Matters’ initial public offering in May 2017. Prior to founding Real Matters, Mr. Smith was a founder, director and executive of Basis100, which was one of the largest publicly-traded technology providers within the mortgage banking industry at that time.

With more than 25 years of experience building and leading companies in North America, Mr. Smith is a highly-regarded technology entrepreneur. He was named CIX Innovator of the Year in 2017 and was recognized as Entrepreneur of the Year by E&Y in 2016. Mr. Smith was also inducted into the Canadian Mortgage Hall of Fame in 2014.

Mr. Smith is a member of the advisory board of VERTU Capital and Whitecap Venture Partners. He is also Chair of the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation.

Garry M. Foster , Lead Independent Director

Mr. Foster is the Chief Executive Officer of Cortleigh Capital Inc. (a private investment company) and is a corporate director. He has served as President and Chief Executive Officer 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 (from 2007 to 2013), a member of the board of trustees and Investment Committee and Chair of the Audit Committee of SmartCentres REIT (TSX:SRU.UN), Chair of the board of directors of Payments Canada, and a member of the board of directors and Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee of Ontario Health. He is a Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant, holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Schulich School of Business at York University and the professional independent director designation (ICD.D) from the Institute of Corporate Directors and the University of Toronto’s Joseph L. Rotman School of Management. Mr. Foster has been a Director since June 15, 2016 and was appointed as Lead Independent Director on November 20, 2020.

Kay Brekken , Director

Kay Brekken is a Corporate Director with more than 25 years of North American financial leadership experience in a broad range of industries including real estate, retail, healthcare and financial services. Prior to her retirement, Ms. Brekken was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of First Capital Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX: FCR.UN) from 2014 to 2021. Prior to First Capital REIT, she was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Indigo Books & Music, Inc. (TSX: IDG). Ms. Brekken serves on the boards of Allied Properties REIT (TSX: AP.UN) RATESDOTCA Group Ltd. and on the advisory board of the Rotman School of Management CFO Leadership Program. She is a Certified Public Accountant and she holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Washington. Ms. Brekken has been a director since May 7, 2024.

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.

Karen Martin , Director

Ms. Martin is a corporate director. She currently serves on the board of directors and as an Audit Committee member of ECN Capital (TSX:ECN), a leading provider of business services to North American based financial institutions and financial services companies, and is a director and Chair of the Audit Committee of online financial technology company Propel Holdings (TSX:PRL). Ms. Martin’s career has focused on capital markets and balance sheet management in financial services and specialty finance companies. Previously, Ms. Martin was Executive Vice-President and Treasurer of Element Fleet Management. During her tenure there, she arranged over $100 billion in debt and equity financings in multiple jurisdictions and was responsible for managing an international syndicate of banks, financing the company’s acquisitions and business opportunities and managing its liquidity, funding, interest rate and foreign exchange risks. Prior to joining Element Fleet Management, Ms. Martin served in senior executive management, treasury and finance positions in public and private financial services companies for more than 30 years, including Xceed Mortgage and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Chartered Professional Accountant. Ms. Martin also holds the professional independent director designation (ICD.D) from the Institute of Corporate Directors and the University of Toronto's Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance and Economics from the University of Western Ontario. Ms. Martin has been a Director since January 31, 2022.

Frank V. McMahon , Director

Mr. McMahon has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry and has spent the last 10 years in senior management positions at firms engaged in the data and analytics and mortgage services industries. Since 2016, Mr. McMahon has been a founding partner of American Discovery Capital. From 2014 to 2016, Mr. McMahon served as President of McMahon Consulting Services, a company that provides business and strategic consulting services to financial and financial information technology companies. Mr. McMahon was Executive Chair of DataQuick Information Systems, Inc. from 2011 to 2014, when the business was sold to CoreLogic, Inc. Previously, he was Vice Chair and Chief Financial Officer of First American Corporation and Chief Executive Officer of the Information Solutions Group, LLC (renamed CoreLogic, Inc. 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 board of directors of Decision Insight Information Group and First Advantage Corporation and currently sits on the boards of Praedicat, Inc. and American Pain Consortium Holdings LLC. Mr. McMahon holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Villanova University. Mr. McMahon has been a Director since June 15, 2016.

Peter Vukanovich , Director

Mr. Vukanovich is an entrepreneurial leader who has built teams that delivered growth through various 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 Chief Executive Officer 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 President and Chief Executive Officer for many of those years. He oversaw its significant growth as it became Canada’s largest private mortgage insurance company and was 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. Mr. Vukanovich currently serves as the Non-Executive Chair of the board of directors of Euro Sun Mining Inc. (TSX:ESM), a TSX listed mining company. Mr. Vukanovich has been a Director since January 31, 2019.