Origination Teams

Our origination teams are leaders in the marketplace, with the expertise, experience, and resources to offer a full suite of custom financing solutions to meet the needs of our clients.

Stephen Stewart

Executive Vice President, Mortgage Investments and Joint Ventures
Mortgage Licence #: M12002383

416-733-5609 | [email protected]

Mr. Stewart has over 25 years of experience in various roles in the financial services and investment industries. Most recently Mr. Stewart spent 5 years as the Chief Financial Officer of ING Bank of Canada (ING Direct), where he oversaw all aspects of finance, accounting and risk management as well as chairing the bank’s credit committee, several management committees and serving as a director of two regulated mutual fund subsidiaries. Prior to his appointment as CFO, he served as Chief Lending Officer where he oversaw the company’s commercial and retail lending departments and a mortgage book of over $20 billion. Before joining ING, Mr. Stewart was with Hudson Advisors, a private equity firm specializing in real estate debt investments and structured finance, and previously held a variety of progressive lending roles including real estate and construction financing roles with National Bank and North American Trust. He began his career with PWC. Mr. Stewart was a Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Plan International. Mr. Stewart is a Chartered Accountant with a double major in management and economics from the University of Guelph.

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Bob Vavaroutsos

Assistant Vice President, Mortgage Investments and Joint Ventures
Mortgage Licence #: M17000756

416-733-5628 | [email protected]

Bob has over 20 years of Canadian commercial real estate experience. He was formerly a Director in RBC’s Real Estate Finance Group, where he successfully led the growth of a construction and term mortgage loan portfolio on income producing properties, development, and construction projects. Prior to this, Bob was the lead of RBC’s branch expansion program across the Greater Toronto Region. He also worked as a real estate analyst at a national grocer, where he was responsible for market analysis, underwriting, and new store sales pro forma for the national grocer’s expansion mandate across Ontario and Western Canada. When he joined Centurion, Bob brought a comprehensive understanding of commercial real estate, mortgage origination, underwriting, and funding drawn from his years of experience at Canada’s largest financial institution and national grocer.

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Ryan Buzzell

Vice President, Mortgage Investments and Joint Ventures
Mortgage Licence #: M14000856

416-733-5629 | [email protected]

Ryan has over 15 years’ experience in real estate financing and has worked in multiple areas of the real estate lending industry.  He has held various roles such as underwriter, analyst, lender, and Mortgage Broker. In his various roles, Ryan has originated hundreds of millions of dollars in loans and has lent on all asset types in every region in Canada. Before joining Centurion, Ryan worked at IC Funding as a mortgage agent, RBC Real Estate Markets as a Senior Analyst, moving to a Senior Account Manager position. Ryan started his real estate career with GE Capital, now Genworth Financial, as a Senior Underwriter.

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Dan Kashvin

Senior Director, Mortgage Investments and Joint Ventures
Mortgage Licence #: M13001706

416-733-5600 ext. 308 | [email protected]

Dan has over 15 years of work experience in the acquisitions, financing, valuation, and asset management of real estate assets across Canada and the U.S. Before joing the mortgage team, Dan led the Acquisitions and Investment Analysis team responsible for deal origination and full due diligence of potential multi-family and student housing real estate assets for six years. During this time, he helped Centurion to grow its portfolio to over $1B in assets under management. Dan also served on the Investment Committees of Centurion Real Estate Opportunities Trust and Centurion Financial Trust, where he reviewed and analyzed over 100 real estate financing and joint venture equity opportunities resulting in over $500M in approved deals. Prior to joining Centurion, Dan held senior investment positions at Revera Inc. and was a member of the Wealth Management Team at RBC Dominion Securities. Dan holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and is a CFA Charterholder.

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Vijay Kilambi

Senior Director, Mortgage Investments and Joint Ventures
Mortgage Licence #: M17000748

416-733-5600 ext. 381 | [email protected]

Vijay holds a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from McGill University, an MBA in Finance from Dalhousie University, and is a CFA Level III candidate. Prior to joining Centurion, Vijay worked at the Bank of Nova Scotia for two years as a Manager within their Commercial Real Estate Lending Group. In his time at the Bank of Nova Scotia, Vijay underwrote over $1 billion of construction, term, and bridge loans for all real estate asset classes and managed a loan portfolio of over $350 million. Prior to his time at the Bank of Nova Scotia, Vijay worked at Aon Hewitt as an Analyst within the company’s Investment Consulting practice where he completed investment fund research for all asset classes and provided institutional clients with investment solutions.

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Daryl Boyce

Executive Vice President, Corporate Finance

416-733-5600 ext. 303 | [email protected]

Mr. Boyce’s investment and financing experience spans over 35 years and encompasses the management of equity and debt financing portfolios. Most recently, Mr. Boyce was the President of Evergreen Capital Group, a consulting firm involved in providing corporate finance, business transition, as well as expansion- and succession-related advisory services to mid-market clientele. Prior to forming Evergreen, he managed the private equity portfolio of Trimel Investments Inc., with the portfolio comprising investee companies in a number of diverse sectors throughout North America. Before Trimel, Mr. Boyce held a variety of lending roles in The Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank), where he managed a senior lending portfolio, which included leading and arranging a variety of specialized and syndicated financing. Over the years, Mr. Boyce has acquired expertise in a variety of sectors, including consumer products, specialty pharmaceuticals, manufacturing and distribution, transportation and logistics, and professional sports. He received his Honours Bachelor of Arts in Commerce and Economics from the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1981.

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Chris Lewthwaite

Senior Director, Corporate Finance

416-733-5600 ext. 390 | [email protected]

Chris Lewthwaite has over 20 years of experience in providing tailored capital solutions and advice to growing mid-market companies to facilitate growth, acquisitions, buyouts, and the realization of shareholder value. Over the course of his career, he has originated and underwritten senior/sub-debt, mezzanine capital and equity investments for over 100 companies across a broad range of industries.

Most recently, Chris served as VP Corporate Development with McIntosh Perry, where he led the development and execution of a strategic M&A plan to source and execute engineering firm acquisitions across Canada. From 2010 to 2017, he served as a Director with Roynat Equity Partners, completing a number of successful private equity investments and serving on several portfolio company boards. Prior to this, Chris worked at Roynat Capital, where he was focused on the origination and execution of numerous senior term debt, subordinated debt and mezzanine financings, while also managing a $100+ million portfolio.

Chris is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University and an Honours BA in Economics and Political Science from the University of Toronto.

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