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.

Michael Bourque

Michael Bourque

CEO The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA)

Prior to joining the Canadian Real Estate Association, Michael was President and CEO of the Railway Association of Canada. He has more than 30 years of experience in government, public affairs and government relations, including more than 10 years as an association CEO. Michael is focused on the continuing success of REALTOR.ca and member technology, federal advocacy and the reputation and public understanding of REALTORS® and the value they provide to property owners, buyers and sellers.

Ron Tite

Ron Tite

Author, Keynote Speaker and CEO, Church+State

An entrepreneur, speaker, and best-selling author, Ron Tite has always blurred the lines
between art and commerce. He has been an award-winning advertising writer and
Creative Director for some of the world’s most respected brands including DoorDash,
Fidelity, Google, Intel, Microsoft, Walmart, Volvo, and many others.

He is founder and chief creative officer of Church+State, host and executive producer of
the hit podcast, “The Coup”, and executive producer of the Canadian Screen Award
nominated documentary film, Fresh Water (Crave, 2021). He has written for television.
Wrote and performed a hit play. Created a branded art gallery. And published an award
winning comedy book for the CBC.

In demand as a speaker all over the world, Ron speaks to leading organizations about
creativity, disruption, leadership, and growth.

Ron’s first book was, Everyone’s An Artist – Or At Least They Should Be (Co-written by
Scott Kavanagh and Christopher Novais), was published by HarperCollins in 2016. His
most recent book, Think • Do • Say: How to Seize Attention and Build Trust in a Busy
Busy World, hit store shelves in October of 2019.

Ron sits on the advisory boards for the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival and the
Institute for Health & Human Potential.

Shachi Kurl

Shachi Kurl

President, Angus Reid Institute

Shachi Kurl is President of the Angus Reid Institute, Canada’s non-profit foundation committed to independent research. She works with public opinion data to further public knowledge and enhance the national understanding of issues that matter to Canada and the world.

Kurl is often found offering analysis on CBC’s “Power and Politics”, in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Globe and Mail, and on the editorial pages of the Ottawa Citizen, among other places. In October 2020, she moderated BC’s only televised provincial election debate, presented by the British Columbia Broadcast Consortium.

She spent the first part of her career as political reporter and holds a degree in Journalism and Political Science from Carleton University. She returned to Carleton University as an Adjunct Research Professor in the School of Journalism and Communication in 2022.

Kurl is a recipient of the prestigious Jack Webster Award for Best TV Reporting. Along with former Australian and UK Prime Ministers Julia Gillard and Margaret Thatcher, she is an Alumnus of the US State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program. She is a national Vice Chair of the Canadian Cancer Society.

Kurl moderated the 2021 English language leaders debate during the 44th federal election. She also won the Industry Marvel Award from Darpan Magazine in October of that year.

Born in Toronto, Ryan discovered the magic of the Maritimes and it’s incredible people while attending Mount Allison University and currently resides in Moncton with his wife and twin boys.  Any available free time in Ryan’s schedule is often filled volunteering as a football coach with the Greater Moncton Football Association or finding anyway possible to get into or on the water.