Senior Leadership Team
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of Lighthouse Credit Union comprises of 12 Directors. In 2022, 9 Directors identified as male and 3 Directors identified as female.
Michel Cubric has held senior roles at Concentra Bank, Genworth Financial Canada, MCAP, and CIBC. Michel is highly skilled in strategic and operational planning and has a proven track-record with over 20 years’ experience in the financial service industry. Michel has a unique skillset combining sales, credit, servicing, collections & mortgage default insurance.
Alan Caro is an accomplished professional with extensive experience in financial services specializing in operational risk management and liquidity, and funding risk management. Alan has over 20 years’ experience at BMO with proven ability to conceptualize, plan, develop and execute in line with business strategy. Alan will primarily deal with oversight and growth of the business.
Jennifer has a passion for exceeding customer service expectations and providing stellar service to internal and external business parties. She brings deep non-prime and prime residential mortgage knowledge and a proven ability to make sound underwriting decisions. She is also a member of the Paralegal Society of Ontario.
Aryeh Rosen has worked in various financial and accounting roles, specializing in cross-border tax, corporate accounting, financial forecasting, and operations. Having worked for a public accounting firm and for private companies, Aryeh brings a mix of skills from text-book knowledge to real-world application.
Lexine brings her time management and attention to detail skills to Lighthouse where she serves as a residential mortgage documents’ specialist. Her experience in business retail operations with RBI and Inspire Brands Inc. provided her the opportunity to excel in a fast-paced environment and develop the necessary attributes to succeed in the financial services industry.
Brian Denes is an experienced Credit Analyst, with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry for over 15 years, having been an advisor with TD Canada Trust. Skilled in negotiation, sales, business development and customer satisfaction. He prides himself in problem solving and resolution.
Harley Gold is a Partner and Managing Director of Peakhill Capital. Mr. Gold has extensive financing experience on all asset types including multi-family, CMHC, senior housing, retail, industrial, hospitality, and land development. Prior to founding Peakhill Capital, Harley was the Vice-President of Business Development at CMLS Financial for 11 years originating for institutional and pension accounts such as RBC and PHN. Harley is a founding director and chairman of the board of Lighthouse Credit Union.
Jeff Birman is the president of Cando Apartments Ltd. and Cando Management since 2012. Jeff took over the family operations from the Patriarch Harry Birman who created Cando Property Management in 1982. As an Owner and Manager of real estate, predominantly in the multi-residential space, his responsibilities include everything from day-to-day operations, partner/client relations and strategic growth.
Chaya Cooperberg is an accomplished Human Resources, Marketing and Communications executive with experience advising Boards and senior management at publicly traded, multi-national companies. With more than 20 years of experience across industries (technology, specialty retail, industrial, financial services), Chaya has developed a deep expertise on critical and strategic areas such as incentive compensation plans, succession planning, corporate culture, organizational design and restructuring, diversity and inclusion, ESG, brand and reputation management, shareholder activism, financial reporting and financial disclosure, and crisis communications.
Shimshon (Stephen) Gross is responsible for investment and debt management, private equity investments and legal matters at Initial Corporation. Stephen is a member of the board of trustees of H&R REIT (TSX:HR.UN). Stephen is also a member of the board of directors of Cross River Bank, a New Jersey chartered community bank, and also serves on their lending/credit and compensation committees.
Bernard Heitner is the founder and CEO of the Heitner Group and Reddick Wellington where he leads a team of experts focused on delivering innovative new solutions in asset management, real estate investments and private equity. In 2017, he sold the company to FLEETCOR (NYSE: FLT) for C$900 Million. Today, Bernard enjoys working with visionary investors and business leaders who share his passion for building successful partnerships.
Anthony Heller is the President of Plazacorp Investments Limited. Plazacorp developed many shopping centers during the 1980’s, including several mixed-use commercial-residential projects and in the early 1990’s, Plazacorp’s focus shifted to the development of residential condominium. Anthony has been an Independent Director of Firm Capital Mortgage Investment Corporation (TSE:FCU) since 1999. Anthony has invested in and provided guidance to many successful early-stage technology companies including YAK Communications, which was founded in 1998 and sold to Globalive for $80 million in 2006.
Mark Mandelbaum co-founded Lanterra Developments in the late 1990s and continues to actively manage and serve as Chairman. Mark continues to serve on the Executive Committee of H&R Developments, which manages a large portfolio of residential and industrial properties. In addition, Mark is President of his family home office, Almond Tree Enterprise Inc., which is engaged in a wide variety of both publicly traded securities and private equity. Mark is on the Board and participates in numerous Jewish and health-related philanthropic causes.
Edward (Ted) Perlmutter is an experienced commercial real estate lawyer. He was a partner for more than 20 years in one of Canada’s preeminent law firms, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. Ted has served on the Board of Trustees at Skyline Apartment REIT since 2013. The REIT has a portfolio value of more than $3.6 billion and owning some 228 properties (over 20,000 apartment units). Ted is also the founding and current chair of the Board’s Governance, Compensation and Nominating Committee and also serves on the Board’s Finance and Investment Committees.
Robert S. Reichmann is the President of Reichmann Rothschild, a family office investing in partnerships with best-in-class operators who personify our deep rooted values. Philanthropically, he is passionate about investing in sustainable solutions to macro community challenges across the globe. Robert serves on the boards of Lighthouse Credit Union, Canadian Friends of JCT and KamaTech. He holds an MBA from Bar-Ilan University.
Rita Simkin is the President of INKAS® Security Services Ltd. for over two decades. Rita’s vision and unwavering work ethic led the company to become one of Canada’s Big 3 Cash In Transit providers within short time. Mrs. Simkin is proud to be an integral part of a business which contributes significantly to her local and the Canadian economy. The company’s vision is built upon a foundation of integrity, ethics, and a genuine desire to enact positive change in the world – and that is why Rita co-founded the Khazanski Foundation – an organization that empowers her community and actively supports non-profit organizations.
Haya Zilberboim founded Emma Capital in 2021, which has since acquired over USD $1.2 billion of property assets. Haya was formerly the CEO of Greenwin, Canada’s premier full-service real estate firms with more than 20,000 residential apartment units and commercial properties under management across Canada with over 600 employees. Haya was responsible for Greenwin’s Asset Management Services, acquisition and partnership opportunities. Haya is also the COO & CFO of Fishman Holdings North America overseeing over Billion Dollar of Commercial real Estate in North America.
Robert Trager is a co-founder and current president of Vault Mortgage Corporation (VMC), one of Canada’s largest residential non-institutional mortgage lending companies. Robert is licensed with the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario as a mortgage broker and administrator and is a licensed exempt market dealing representative with the Ontario Securities Commission, the Alberta Securities Commission, the British Columbia Securities Commission and the Autorite des Marches Financiers.
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