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Board of Directors

How It Works

Paul Truex
Chairman

Paul retired from McNeil Consumer Healthcare (a Johnson & Johnson company) in Guelph in July 2000, where he served as a Vice-President and a member of the Management Board.  His 33-year career with Johnson & Johnson included executive positions in the United States and Canada in Information Technology, Finance, and Human Resources.

Paul served Rotary International as a District Governor in 2001-2002.  He is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Guelph and remains active in Rotary both locally and internationally.  He completed six years as Vice-Chair of the board for the Waterloo-Wellington Local Health Integration Network in June 2011 and chaired the board for Guelph Hydro Inc. and its family of companies from 2001 through 2010.  Paul currently serves on the board for the Guelph YMCA – YWCA.

Paul’s community service in Guelph and Wellington County has included board positions with the River Run Centre for the Performing Arts, the Guelph Chamber of Commerce, Hospice Wellington, Family and Children’s Services, Crime Stoppers, the United Way Social Planning Council, the Guelph-Wellington-Dufferin Community Care Access Centre, and the Guelph Community Health Centre.

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 Strategic 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.

Robert Giguere
Director

Robert Giguere worked in the manufacturing sector and spent time as a labour leader.  He joined Maple Lodge Farms in the early 1980’s and spent 20 years there in various roles.  When he left he was the Special Project’s Manager focused on mergers and acquisitions.

Robert retired from Sargent Farms where he lead the organization as Chief Executive Officer for more than 11 years.  The company grew significantly and strategically, becoming prominent in the meat processing industry.  Robert has been active over the years with Ontario Independent Meat Processors where he joined with his colleagues in the industry to provide a united voice in working with the government. Robert has significant board experience with many industry associations, most recently with the Board of the Alliance of Ontario Food Processors and the Association of Ontario Chicken Processors, and was an active member of CPEPC and FPPAC.

Robert enjoys seeing family business’ achieve growth and success, and on occasion has participated with senior managers to achieve their potential.

Robert can often be heard stating: “There are no problems, only opportunities.”

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. 

Jane Londerville
Director & Appraisal and Real Estate Industry Advisor

Jane Londerville is a retired Associate Professor in the Real Estate and Housing major in the B.Comm. program at the University of Guelph where she managed the program, taught and did research from 1993-2015. She developed the Real Estate Appraisal course in the program and taught it during this entire time.  She has been involved in housing research and consulting for over 35 years; prior to entering academia, she worked for Woods Gordon (now Ernst and Young) in real estate consulting. She was an expert witness to the House of Commons Budget Committee and the Senate Committee on Banking and Finance regarding mortgage finance and insurance in 2012.

Over time Jane has completed many consulting and research projects.  A few examples include:

- A report on Mortgage Insurance in Canada for the Macdonald Laurier Institute 

- A Review of the IPO Literature and Preliminary Analysis of Canadian REIT IPO Pricing, Canadian Journal of Administrative Studies (2002)

- Housing Policy Targeting Homelessness: Background Report to the State of Homelessness 2014; prepared for the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness (with Marion Steele).

Her academic qualifications include an MBA from Harvard University and PhD studies in Urban Land Economics at the University of British Columbia. She is a long-term member and former chair of the Wellington Guelph Housing Committee, and has sat on the Guelph & Wellington Task Force for Poverty Elimination since it was formed. 

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