real estate mortgages
CMLS Financial is Canada’s leader in the commercial mortgage market. With market presence in six major Canadian commercial centres, we offer an unbeatable combination of national presence and local expertise. Our team of local commercial mortgage experts has the insights and industry know-how to help you get your deals done.
Greg Russell, BSc, MBAVice President & Managing Director, High Yield and Construction
Greg Russell is responsible for management of the loan origination platform in Eastern Canada, with offices in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax. He has more than 25 years of experience in the commercial mortgage industry.
Prior to joining CMLS in 2015, Mr. Russell held key senior management positions at institutional and non-institutional lenders. He has extensive experience in the enhanced yield sector of the market. Mr. Russell was a key member of a private lending platform that was built from the ground up. He holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Manitoba.
Giulio AmodeoVice President | Agent, Business Development
Giulio Amodeo handles various types of financing, with particular expertise in construction and development financing. He works with privately owned development and real estate investment companies. Mr. Amodeo has 27 years of experience in the commercial finance industry.
Prior to joining CMLS in 2011, Mr. Amodeo spent 20 years with several prominent Canadian financial institutions. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McMaster University.
Harley Gold, MBAVice President | Broker, Business Development
Harley Gold has extensive experience financing all types of commercial real estate, specifically hotels, senior homes, CMHC multi-family, land development and construction. He works with REITs, private developers, institutional asset managers and large private families across Canada. Mr. Gold’s portfolio includes over $6 billion in financing for more than 700 properties. He has over 15 years of experience in the commercial real estate finance industry.
Prior to joining CMLS in 2008, Mr. Gold was active in the mortgage banking industry in the U.S. and worked with American lenders on lending programs in Canada. He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto, a financial services degree from Seneca College, and a Master of Business Administration from Canisius College.
Chris MinorVice President | Agent, Business Development
Chris Minor is an expert in all income-producing assets, with a particular focus on multi-family, industrial and retail. He works with income-producing owners and developers across Canada. Mr. Minor has 13 years of experience in commercial mortgages.
Prior to joining CMLS in 2013, Mr. Minor worked for over a decade in the commercial real estate lending industry. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto with a major in economics.
Chris Sharp, CFAVice President | Broker, Business Development
Chris Sharp has financed a variety of income-producing asset types over the course of his career, establishing relationships with borrowers and commercial mortgage brokers. He has nearly 30 years of experience in commercial finance.
Prior to joining CMLS in 2009, Mr. Sharp held senior origination and management positions with a variety of Canadian and international financial institutions. He arranged financing for commercial real estate, golf and resort properties, and construction/development projects. He was also involved in equipment and asset-based lending. Mr. Sharp is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and holds a Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Kevin SheedyVice President | Agent, Business Development
Kevin Sheedy specializes in purpose-built rental apartment buildings, mixed use and industrial properties. He works with commercial real estate landlords and investors. Mr. Sheedy has 20 years of experience in commercial real estate finance in both term and construction lending.
Prior to joining CMLS in 2012, Mr. Sheedy built his career not only in finance, but also in the construction and engineering industry in Canada and the U.S. He holds a civil engineering degree from Queen’s University.
Doug PoddVice President, Business Development
Doug Podd has an extensive understanding of the structuring of commercial real estate financing, with a focus on complicated structured commercial mortgages. He has more than 20 years of experience in various real estate finance capacities.
Prior to joining CMLS in 2016, Mr. Podd worked for a prominent investment banking operation where he was the lead debt arranger in Canada and placed in excess of $4 billion of real estate and infrastructure debt. He has also worked on the principal side for a private investor, as a lender for a leading life insurance company, at an international bank and at a Canadian mortgage bank. Mr. Podd holds a Bachelor of Arts from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Commerce from Windsor University.
George MisikAssistant Vice President | Agent, Business Development
George Misik specializes in land development and construction finance with a focus on multi-residential and long-term care facilities. He has 10 years of experience in commercial real estate, both in the private and public sectors.
Prior to joining CMLS in 2015, Mr. Misik worked for trust companies, a credit union and a crown agency, where he developed his strong underwriting skills in all types of income-producing properties, both conventional and CMHC insured. Mr. Misik attended the University of Toronto.
Reggie YongAssistant Vice President, Business Development
Reggie Yong’s area of expertise includes financing for income-producing properties, land, land servicing, and construction. He works with commercial real estate investors across all asset classes. Mr. Yong has 6 years of experience in the commercial real estate finance industry.
Prior to joining CMLS in 2016, Mr. Yong worked on the commercial real estate team of one of the largest banks in the world, focusing on both term and construction finance. He also worked in real estate audit for a major accounting firm and in equity investment for one of the largest banks in Canada. Mr. Yong obtained his undergraduate degree from York University and a post-graduate certificate in real property valuation from the University of British Columbia.
Justin Persaud, MBAAssistant Vice President, Business Development
Justin Persaud specializes on all commercial small loans including CMHC and Conventional, working with both Commercial and Residential Mortgage Brokers. Mr. Persaud has over 7 years of experience in Finance.
Prior to joining CMLS, Mr. Persaud held various positions at institutional and non-institutional lenders. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Ryerson University, and a Master of Business Administration from The John Molson School of Business, Concordia University.