We provide loans to growing small and medium businesses whose needs are not met by conventional lenders. For companies that want to retain full ownership of their businesses, iFund Lending offers a non-equity based option to fund growth.
Our loans are asset-backed mortgages, loans and leases to qualifying businesses in Vancouver and Alberta that meet our entrepreneur-friendly lending criteria.
We encourage businesses from all industry sectors to apply to iFund Lending.
Gord Bylo, Chief Executive Officer
Gord has been an entrepreneur for as long as he can remember, dating back to his childhood. He has co-founded several start-ups and continues to apply wisdom learnt to both new and existing ventures.
Throughout his experience Gord has developed a social consciousness that runs throughout his business ventures assuring that his personal and corporate giving targets aids our society’s most vulnerable. In keeping with this consciousness, he is also developing a television series called State of Mind to help de-stigmatize mental illness and addiction.
Gord’s past business accomplishments include: Pioneering distribution and installation of point of sale systems throughout western Canada including providing Expo 86 with 800+ terminals from 1979 – 1987, Founder and marketing guru for The Radical Shirt Company from 1988 to 1991, President of Quadrant Pacific Capital a Vancouver based venture capital group 1993 to 2001, Co-founded Investec Solutions Inc. in 2002 a Vancouver based venture capital company that includes the brands iFinance and iFund Lending. Gord continues as President and CEO of this venture building exempt market investment products and providing innovative lending programs for entrepreneurs. He is also a founding member of the National Exempt Market Association (www.nemaonline.ca).
Michael Duffy, President
Throughout Michael’s career, he has been committed to helping entrepreneurs and small businesses understand the importance of capital and how the right amount and proper structure can significantly improve a company’s chances of success for many years. Over the past 30 years Michael has worked with various financial institutions including TD Bank, Mercantile Bank, Barclays Bank and National Trust – with the last 20 years spent in senior corporate/commercial lending and management positions. During his lending career Michael created more than $250,000,000 in business loans for deserving borrowers and believes that although entrepreneurs and small businesses are usually great at what they do, they often need some specialized financial assistance to help them understand exactly how to best move their companies ahead. They also require properly structured loans to get positioned to be able to move into the financing mainstream provided by traditional financial institutions. Michael’s goal is to provide that financial help through iFund Lending.
Andrew Bennett, Loan Advisory Board Member
Andrew held various senior positions with financial institutions until 1990 - when many financial companies, including his employer, were downsizing. Faced with the prospect of an unstable employment market, Andrew decided to create his own company and Nexus Investment Corporation was born. With over 30 years of commercial real estate experience, Andrew is still the President of Nexus Investment Corporation and holds C.R.F and F.R.I designations with the Real Estate Institute of Canada and the RI(BC) designation from the Real Estate Institute of BC.
As a respected leader and relationship builder; Andrew brings his talents in mortgage underwriting to the Loan Advisory Board of iFund Lending assuring that their loan transactions not only fund growth in the entrepreneurial arena but are also sound deals for the company. Andrew’s company Nexus is distinguished in Western Canada as a significant commercial and CMHC-insured underwriter in Canada with the distinction of being an approved correspondent with CMHC for commercial deals.
Andrew believes that funding entrepreneurial growth lies in dealing with client challenges head-on from the start of the client relationship, and finding them a mortgage that makes sense for their needs. This philosophy coupled with a wealth of expertise has allowed him to build strong, lasting relationships based on experience and trust.
Stewart Macintosh, Loan Advisory Board Member
With over 30 years experience in real estate appraisals and sales, Stew is President of Macintosh Appraisals Ltd., and has held the designation AACI with the Appraisal Institute of Canada since 1987. He has a wealth of entrepreneurship experience from starting his business, Macintosh Appraisals, and building and solidifying it as one of the most trusted names in the real estate appraisal industry. Stew has appeared as an expert witness before the Supreme Court of British Columbia and the British Columbia Assessment Authority. He has also been a monthly guest speaker for many financial institutions teaching the intricacies of appraisal practice to a wide variety of lenders and other audiences. Stew understands the entrepreneurial inspiration to succeed, and as a Loan Advisory Board member at iFund Lending, thoroughly enjoys working with others who have the dedication and drive to achieve their business objectives.