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Board of Directors

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Susan Motkaluk

With 25+ years in executive leadership, Susan Motkaluk has led organizations through substantial growth and
sustainable solutions. She is a community builder with a focus on partnerships, communication, and finding
common goals with multiple stakeholders.

In her previous role with the City of Swift Current, she led the strategic plan for revitalizing the downtown market
and infrastructure in response to Saskatchewan’s rapid business growth. Collaborating with City Council and building
long-term partnerships within the community, she broke records of development activity from 2011-2015 and
successfully elevated civic pride. Additionally, she secured a billion-dollar investment for a gas-fired electrical
generation station for the city, furthering solidifying Swift Current’s rising reputation as a business epicenter.

Most recently as CEO of the Southbridge Development Corporation, she created and implemented a 10-year
strategy for a community hub-based model for the Southbridge Care Homes Long-Term Care Facilities.

Susan appreciates dealing with people who are dedicated to their growth, sustainable development and
supporting the Canadian business community.

Christopher Bisson
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director

Chris started his mortgage career at RDM Financial after spending almost five years moving through the corporate ladder at Levi Strauss & Co. (Canada) Inc. He quickly put his sales and customer service skills to good use and grew his mortgage practice to become one of the largest in the region. 

He completed a project on Appraisal Management Companies based on his experience in the mortgage industry and is devoting 100% of his time to this new company. Value Connect Inc.’s mission is to change the industry for the betterment of lenders, loan originators, and appraisers.

Chris has extensive background in economics and mortgage public policy. He is regularly asked to guest lecture and sit as an expert panelist for lenders, mortgage insurers, and at industry functions. He holds an MBA from the University of Notre Dame.

Brian Cowan
Secretary, Director and Advisor

Brian is currently an Adviser and Secretary to Value Connect's Board of Directors.  He advises on the strategic direction of the company in addition to operational and deployment of the company’s information technology resources.

Brian’s business career has spanned thirty years where he has held senior leadership roles in Canada and Europe in areas of strategic planning, information technology, marketing, business development, sales, mergers and acquisitions and government relations.  Brian retired from Teranet Inc. after 17 years where he was Vice-President responsible for  Marketing and Business Development, Communications, Government Relations, New Business Initiatives and Special Projects. He also held the office of President and Chief Operating Officer for a national e-commerce business.

Brian is active in the community. He is Past-Chair of Innovation Guelph (since 2011-2017), Chair of Waterloo Wellington Community Care Access Centre (since 2010), a Director with Cutten Fields, Past President of the Rotary Club of Guelph South and Past Vice-Chair of Guelph Hydro Inc. He has been held the role of Chair on Governance, Finance and Audit and Human Resources and Compensation Committees for these organizations as well.

Brian has a degree in environmental studies from the University of Waterloo, an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University and holds a Chartered Director designation from McMaster’s DeGroote School of Business where he is also on the faculty of The Director’s College.

Brian’s approach to business is focusing on customer’s needs and developing solutions that address these needs to build sustainable and profitable enterprises.

Patrick Wardrop
Director & Technology Advisor

Patrick Wardrop is a senior technical staff member at IBM.  He is currently the chief product architect for a cloud security product. Patrick has nearly twenty years experience in enterprise software development and security solutions architecture for a number of industry verticals. He has more than twenty US issued patents and more than forty world-wide issued patents.  

Patrick holds a bachelors degree from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. 

David Baldarelli
Director & Advisor

With 25+ years experience in financial services, David Baldarelli has demonstrated the ability to guide organizations through innovation and extensive business transformation. David possesses exceptional end-to-end business experience with advanced knowledge in risk management, finance, marketing, operations, analytics, product management and digital banking. He has a passion for developing high performing teams and encourages team members to always work hard and have fun as well as be yourself.

In his last role as Chief Digital Officer with Meridian credit union, David was responsible for developing and executing the digital banking strategy as well as serving as Chief Operating Officer for motusbank (National Digital Bank). During his tenure, Meridian was awarded best digital and AI credit union at the Canadian Fintech and AI awards in 2019. Before that, David spent 3 years with Mogo Finance Technology where he served as Chief Operating and Credit Officer. He has also worked for leading and reputable companies including Coast Capital, HSBC, and Bank of Montreal.

David is active in his community where he serves on 2 not-for-profit boards of Nelson Youth Centres and Flamborough Connects. He also volunteers at Acclaim Health of Halton where he provides companionship for elderly and youth in need.

David holds a Bachelor of Mathematics degree from University of Waterloo majoring in Actuarial Science. He also has an MBA from Rotman School of Management and holds a CPA, CMA accounting designation.

Dan Putnam
Director & Advisor

Dan Putnam is an expert at developing and executing on sales strategies with over 25 years experience in the Canadian residential mortgage industry. His is currently the SVP of Residential Mortgages at CMLS, and previously owned and operated a large regional mortgage brokerage, served as President of two national mortgage brokerage operations, and served as President of Originations for Macquarie Financial. In 2015, Mr. Putnam served as the Chairman of the Board for the Canadian Association of Accredited Mortgage Professionals (CAAMP), now known as Mortgage Professionals Canada.

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