Industry Stars

October 9, 2019 – Studio Bell – National Music Centre- Calgary

AMBA Stars Celebration - Evening reception will follow the Fall Professional Day

Since 2006, AMBA has celebrated industry accomplishments by recognizing the foundation that has allowed the association to thrive for more than four decades — our members.

AMBA’s awards honour the standout mortgage professionals in our province, highlighting the achievements of our members for their longevity, leadership, ambassadorship, partnership, volunteering efforts and overall excellence. Stay tuned for more details on how to nominate a deserving colleague or even yourself. 

Nominations opening June 2019

Studio Bell

2018 Stars of Recognition

AMBA is very proud to be able to celebrate professional and personal excellence in the mortgage industry.

Below are last year's recipients of our awards. 

Ambassador Award
Pam Pikkert
Mortgage Alliance – Regional Mortgage Group  

Pam is as big an advocate for our association as there is. A current board director, she continues to promote the value of the association. Always present at AMBA events, she undertakes an ambassador role via social media, working toward the betterment of our association, positive community interactions and empathy for customers. “This award is a true highlight of my career,” she said. “I am surrounded by so many exceptional people that I have no choice but to level up. I have always appreciated the opportunity AMBA has given me to have a voice. I see this award as an honour which comes with the additional responsibility to continue to represent my industry.”

Bill Patton Memorial Award

Lorne Keetbaas
Kee-West Financial  

Lorne is an AMBA past-president known for his strong relations with RECA, and his high ethical standards while providing a niche product and service for customers in need. “Bill Patton was a friend of mine, so it means a lot to win this award,” he said. “He was one of the original members of a group seven of us that was called ‘The Mortgage Mafia’ and we were known not only in Alberta but across Canada in the mortgage industry. He was a great guy with a great sense of humour and dedicated to the industry. He was just a fun guy to be associated with.”

Leadership Award

Angela Epp
First Foundation Mortgages

With her positive disposition, Angela encourages others and shares her knowledge and experience. An active member of both AMBA and Mortgage Professionals Canada, she is becoming more involved every year in the industry. “When I heard of my nomination, I was humbled and honoured. Honoured that someone would take the time and inclination to nominate me for an award and humbled to have my name included among our industry’s most respected colleagues,” she said. “Winning the award has been such an encouragement to feel like I am making a positive impact to our broker community. It has given me motivation to continue fighting the good fight.”

Partner Award

Dianne Pullin
Cedar Peaks Mortgage Services 

Dianne has become one of the exceptional people in the business. She is known for her strong ethics while respecting everyone around her through mindful interaction between investors, borrowers and brokers, and goes above and beyond to promote the association and better the industry through relationships. “I believe it’s important we continue to support the association,” she said. “Without it, we have no voice and government bodies typically don’t listen to one person. The expertise we have within this body is amazing and their on-going efforts to represent each and every broker should be highly regarded and appreciated.” 

Partner Award

Lisa Bartlett
First National Financial

Lisa embodies all that industry leaders should strive to be. She promotes each and every one of her broker clients and partners via social media, provides special promotions and innovative mortgage products that benefit the end consumer. She has a constant presence at AMBA events and is always willing to jump in and volunteer or lend a hand where needed. Moreover, she willingly provides mentorship to her teammates.

Volunteer Award

Mark Jewell
First National Financial

A long-time member of AMBA, Mark has volunteered for a variety of tasks and committees throughout the years. He is a hard-working, outstanding human being who rarely says no to a request to contribute to any event, regardless of the task, even willing to be a guinea pig when a unique idea is broached. “My message to fellow AMBA members is to have fun and support the association the same way they support us,” he said. “We share a common goal of helping Canadians with mortgage financing and placing sound loans with our lender partners. By attending events, networking and best practice sharing, we will only become stronger.”

Volunteer Award

Ron McClenaghan
Invis Inc.  

Ron has always given his time to the betterment of the industry through his association. He is a past president who remains actively involved, passionate about industry education. “When I came in as President in 2013, my message was 'this is your association' to the membership and we must find ways to create and deliver value,” he said. “This effort begins and ends with the membership stepping up and volunteering while striving to maintain a strong association. “My message has not changed, I encourage all AMBA members to be involved with and for the Association that represents you.”

2018 AMBA Stars