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Ratehub.ca's personal finance experts

Millions visit Ratehub.ca with questions about mortgages, credit cards, insurance, bank accounts, and investments. These are the experts behind the answers - focused on helping Canadians choose better.

Alyssa Furtado, Co-CEO and Founder

Alyssa launched Ratehub.ca in 2010 and hasn’t looked back since. Passionate about helping Canadians make smarter financial decisions, she’s recognized as one of Canada's top 50 women in Fintech by Digital Finance Institute and has made countless appearances on The Globe and Mail, The Financial Post, BNN, Vice, and more - sharing her expert advice on everything from mortgage rate changes to how to maximize your credit card rewards.

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James Laird, Co-CEO of Ratehub.ca and President of CanWise

James Laird is the co-CEO of Ratehub.ca and President of CanWise mortgage lender. James has grown Ratehub.ca (formerly known as CanWise Financial) into Canada’s largest independent brokerage, winning Brokerage of the Year for four years straight (2018-2021). James continues to lead the Ratehub.ca team in their goal of leveraging technology to deliver Canada’s best mortgage experience to consumers – efficiently and transparently. James loves helping clients make sound financial choices based on hard numbers. He is a go-to source for insights on real estate industry trends, and has contributed expert commentary to BNN Bloomberg, The Globe and Mail, CBC, Reuters and Global, among others.

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Jamie David, Director of Marketing and Head of Mortgages

Jamie David is the Director of Marketing and Head of Mortgages at Ratehub.ca. A graduate of the Systems Design Engineering program at the University of Waterloo, she has over 15 years of business, marketing, and engineering experience in the financial technology, banking, education, energy and retail industries. She has worked in top organizations like TD Bank, Trading Pursuits, Petro-Canada, and the TTC. Her passion for personal finance, investing, education, and business strategy brought her to Ratehub.ca where she heads a very talented, cross-functional team that is dedicated to providing Canadians with the best mortgage experience all the way through from online search to (keys-in-your-hand) funded mortgage.

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Matt Hands, Business Director of Insurance

Matt started his professional career at CARPROOF (now known as CARFAX Canada) in London, Ontario, where he honed his marketing and analytical skills. Seeking new challenges, Matt took his wealth of experience to Ratehub.ca’s Toronto offices. In just over a year, Matt grew Ratehub.ca's Banking and Investments Unit by +142% through new partnerships and digital marketing strategies, including SEO, PPC campaigns, and social media. Recognizing his background and recent success, he was tasked with building from scratch, Ratehub.ca’s newest Business Unit: Insurance. With his team in place, Matt is diligently working with insurance providers, agents, and brokers to grow and expand the Insurance Business Unit, which includes auto, home, life and travel. He is a thought leader in the community acting as an insightful resource to respected publications like The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Huffington Post, Yahoo News, and 680 news radio in Toronto.

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Natasha Macmillan, Business Director of Everyday Banking

Natasha is the Business Director of Everyday Banking at Ratehub.ca. With over a decade of business, strategy and execution experience in the financial services industry, Natasha has worked with numerous public and private enterprises across North America. Her passion for finance and education brought her to Ratehub.ca, where she works closely with Canada’s top financial institutions - from banks to credit unions - to help ensure our over 1,200,000 monthly users get matched with the right credit cards and personal financing accounts.

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Lisa Hannam, Executive Director of MoneySense

For Lisa, money isn’t just about paycheques, belongings, savings, real estate and investing – it’s about all these things, and so much more. With the goal to make MoneySense.ca accessible to Canadians at all levels of financial literacy, as the Executive Editor, Lisa has grown the editorial team, with a record-breaking publishing cadence for the paywall-free site. She ensures that the journalism standards readers have come to expect from the award-winning publication are in every article that you read today. Lisa has an extensive journalism background as an acclaimed writer and editor, spanning over 20 years, working for some of Canada’s largest glossy magazines, daily newspapers and popular websites. #itpaystoknow

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