The Mortgage Awards of Excellence judging panel features individuals with renowned business expertise and entrepreneurial spirit who will provide valuable insight and unbiased assessment of the MAE finalists.


Eleanor Beaton

Founder, SafiMedia

Eleanor Beaton is the founder of SafiMedia, an education & coaching company for women entrepreneurs. SafiMedia is committed to advancing global gender equity one woman-owned business at a time. Together with her colleagues, Eleanor is on a mission is to double the number of women entrepreneurs who scale past $1M in revenue by 2030.

Eleanor hosts the Power + Presence + Position podcast, a top-ranked podcast for female founders with over 1.5 million downloads to date. The former chair of the Visiting Women’s Executive Exchange Program at the Yale School of Management, Eleanor has been featured in publications including The Globe & Mail, The Atlantic, CBC, Chatelaine and more.


Michael Bourque

CEO at Canadian Real Estate Association

Prior to joining the Canadian Real Estate Association, Michael was President and CEO of the Railway Association of Canada. He has over 30 years of experience in government, public affairs and government relations. Michael is focused on and CREA’s other technology services; advocacy and regulatory matters as well as the reputation and public understanding of REALTORS® and the value they provide to property owners, buyers and sellers.

Ric McGratten

Ric McGratten

Industry Veteran

Ric is one of the founders of the MCAP Group of Companies and founding member and Past Chair of CIMBL (now MPC), it’s Institute and the Foundation. He has served on numerous boards and committees of mortgage industry organizations and charities. Ric is now a happily retired mortgage banker after and illustrious 40+ year career.


Tasha Kheiriddin

Principal at Navigator Ltd., Journalist, PR Guru, Speaker / Host

With over twenty years of media and communications experience, Tasha is one of Canada’s best-known strategists, political analysts, and media commentators.

Named as one of Canada’s “Top 100 Most Powerful Women” for her work in media and communications by the Women’s Executive Network, Tasha is a principal with Navigator Ltd., Canada’s leading high stakes strategic advisory and communications firm, where she also serves as Vice President of the Canadian Centre for the Purpose of the Corporation. Fluently bilingual, Tasha writes a weekly political column for Postmedia, frequently comments on politics and current events on radio and television, and is a sought-after moderator and speaker. A law graduate of McGill University, Tasha is the co-author of the best-selling “Rescuing Canada’s Right: Blueprint of a Conservative Revolution” as well as a contributing author to two books on justice and taxation policy.