Our multi-disciplinary management team is made up of professionals with expertise in finance, insolvency, debt restructuring, and real estate.
Hillmount Capital, through its affiliated companies, is registered with the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) as an Exempt Market Dealer (EMD), Portfolio Manager, and Investment Fund Manager. We are also a registered Mortgage Administrator and Mortgage Broker under the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario (FSRA), which replaced the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) in 2019.
Yitz is the President and Founder of Hillmount Capital. He is responsible for operations, investment decisions, and overseeing the origination and structuring of all mortgage investments. Yitz has structured property acquisitions and refinances through hundreds of mortgage transactions.
Prior to establishing Hillmount Capital, Yitz worked in Ernst & Young’s Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency group. Yitz has acted in corporate restructuring and debt financing engagements for various stakeholders involving formal court proceedings and informal workouts. Yitz has extensive experience and knowledge in restructuring, financing, business viability assessments, and financial analysis.
Yitz is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Insolvency and Restructuring Professional (CIRP). His background in restructuring personal and corporate debt led him to found Hillmount Capital.
Gary Spivak is the Chief Financial Officer at Hillmount Capital, responsible for overseeing all financial and taxation matters, treasury and corporate financing, and administrative proceedings.
Gary spent thirteen years as a partner in a public accounting firm in the Greater Toronto Area. This boutique firm specialized in business advisory, assurance, accounting, and tax. Prior to working at this firm, Gary was an Assurance Manager at KPMG LLP in the Financial Institutions and Real Estate Audit Practice, where he managed audits of private and public real estate companies. He was instrumental in the initial public offering of a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) and in due diligence assignments related to mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the real estate industry.
Gary holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from York University in addition to a Chartered Professional Accountant designation, and he is a licensed mortgage agent. His expertise lies in assisting businesses with resolving complex business management issues, as well as effectively servicing their accounting and tax needs.
Catalin Popa is the Manager, Underwriting at Hillmount Capital. He provides support in all areas of the underwriting and administration of mortgages and is the key liaison for borrowers, appraisers, insurance brokers, municipalities, consultants, and external legal counsel.
Catalin possesses a Specialized Honours Bachelor of Arts in Business and Financial Economics from York University, and is a licensed mortgage agent. Prior to joining Hillmount Capital, he worked as a Credit Specialist for CIBC. With his expertise in credit and financial data analysis and the ability to effectively communicate with a variety of stakeholders, Catalin provides efficient and impactful support to clients.
Lucas Wright is the Senior Manager, Residential and Commercial Lending at Hillmount Capital. He brings a broad experience in deal origination and structuring as well as mortgage underwriting and servicing. Lucas has worked in the mortgage business for over 10 years. In that time, he has worked with a broad selection of real estate professionals including real estate, insurance and mortgage agents, appraisers, lawyers, consultants, and various other third parties.
Lucas is a licensed mortgage agent, he brings a diverse set of skills specializing in land, construction, and commercial loans. Prior to joining Hillmount Capital held numerous roles at private equity firms and mortgage bankers. He prides himself on providing excellent customer service. He builds long term relationship using his professional knowledge and experience.
Shaheedah is a Mortgage Underwriter at Hillmount Capital and is responsible for underwriting all mortgage product types, as well as, preparing detailed loan summary packages for the Senior Underwriting Team.
Having a working background in Finance and Tax Auditing, she is equipped with a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) focused on Business Administration and Management. Shaheedah began her journey in the mortgage industry in 2013 by successfully completing the Mortgage Agent Course at Seneca College to later become a Licence Mortgage Agent. With 9+ years experience, Shaheedah has worked in various mortgage brokerages as a Broker Assistant, Mortgage Underwriter, and recently a Credit Analyst for TD Canada Trust.
Manager, Origination and Underwriting
Zev holds a title of Manager, Origination and Underwriting at Hillmount Capital. He brings a wide-ranging experience in mortgage origination and underwriting, where he collaborated closely with borrowers, appraisers, insurance brokers, municipalities, consultants, and external legal counsel, to ensure a seamless and successful closing. Zev leverages his expertise in credit and financial data analysis to deliver efficient and impactful service to clients.
Zev has a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), with a major in Finance, from the Schulich School of Business. Prior to joining Hillmount, Zev held roles at Scotiabank, private equity firms as well as other lenders.
Diane is the Manager, Mortgage Administration at Hillmount Capital. She is responsible for overseeing the administration such as the funding and closing of Hillmount Capital mortgages. She also provides underwriting support and acts as our investor liaison.
Prior to joining Hillmount Capital, Diane worked as an Associate for Farber’s Corporate Restructuring Practice for nearly 10 years where she was responsible for estate administration and played a key role in managing the flow of corporate insolvency engagements from start to finish as well as managing the Administrative team. With nearly 20 years of experience in legal, compliance, and insolvency roles, Diane brings a keen attention to detail on all transactions and compliance requirements.
Diane has a Law Clerk Diploma (with Honours) from Humber College, an Estate Administration & Insolvency Counsellor’s Certificate from CAIRP, and is also a licensed Mortgage Agent.
Sharon is the Director, Fund Administration at Hillmount Capital. She is responsible for onboarding investors for the Hillmount Mortgage Investment Trust and manages administrative functions relating to suitability, compliance, as well as fostering and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders. Sharon also manages the renewal process for all mortgages.
Prior to working at Hillmount Capital, Sharon was an occupational therapist for 16 years. Her experience working one-on-one with clients in the health care industry has cultivated strong interpersonal skills which she utilizes working with our investors, borrowers, and brokers.
Sharon holds a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from University of Toronto and is a licensed Mortgage Agent.