May 2021 Asian Canadians: United in Diversity Webinar

  • 27 Oct 2021 5:17 PM
    Message # 12042096

    Thursday, May 27th, 2021

    MIABC Presents a


    In honour of Asian Heritage Month...

    Sponsored By


    Asian Canadians: United in Diversity


    "Andy’s Story on the Vietnam Exodus"

    From 1975 as the war in Vietnam was ending through the remainder of the 1970s, over a million people fled the country.  Some were fearful of reprisals and repression, some were mired in economic hardship, but all were in search of a better tomorrow.  Also referred to as “boat people”, many of them made the perilous journey across open seas only to languish in refugee camps throughout South East Asia.  Andy Pham and his family were some of the lucky ones who eventually made their way to Canada. The MIABC is proud to have Andy share his family’s story on the Exodus of Vietnam in honour of May being Asian Heritage Month, as part of a larger discussion on the role that diversity can play in our shared industry and society at large. 



    Andy Pham

    Vice president of Canadian Asset Management


    Andy Pham is Vice President, Canadian Asset Management, BentallGreenOak.  He manages $2.0 billion in commercial mortgages in Western Canada. Previously, Andy worked in real estate valuation and consulting. Andy holds a BBA from SFU and is an accredited real estate appraisal of the Appraisal Institute of Canada.

    Volunteerism is very important to Andy. He is currently the President of the Mortgage Investment Association of British Columbia. He also serves on the Boards of Directors of Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House and the Association of Neighbourhood Houses of British Columbia, serving on the Project Management and Finance committees. With the Appraisal Institute of Canada, he is active on the B.C. Membership Engagement Committee and the President’s Council on Diversity. At BGO, his is an executive member of the Asian Network, an affiliation group to connect all employees of Asian heritage. From time to time, he is a guest host on the Lac Viet Public Education Society’s radio program on Fairchild FM96.1.


    Jody Chan

    Senior Account Manager

    Vancity Savings Credit Union Community Real Estate

    Jody is an experienced banker with solid banking experience specialized in commercial banking and real estate lending.  She has worked for several financial institutions and currently manages a diverse commercial real estate portfolio at Vancity. 

    She has extensive experience in financing a wide range of real estate loans for term, land and construction financing including multi-family, mixed-use, industrial and multi-phases construction projects.

    Jody graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a finance major from the University of British Columbia.  She recently joined the MIABC Board of Directors in January 2021.

    Lea Billard


    CMLS Financial

    Lea assists in the execution of the corporate strategy for the CMHC Insured Multi Unit business lines including origination of term and construction loans, servicing and securitization. Lea has over 18 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry.  Prior to joining CMLS in April 2021, Lea held various roles at one of Canada’s largest life companies, where she specialized in commercial mortgage lending in western Canada and the United States.  Most recently, she was responsible for implementing the corporate vision of the CMHC Insured business line with one of Canada’s largest credit unions.

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