Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Matrix Mortgage Global Ranks No. 144 on the 2018 Growth 500

Canadian Business unveils 30th annual list of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies

Toronto, ON (September 13, 2018) Canadian Business and Maclean’s today ranked Matrix Mortgage Global No. 144 on the 30th annual Growth 500, the definitive ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies. Produced by Canada’s premier business and current affairs media brands, the Growth 500 ranks Canadian businesses on five-year revenue growth. Growth 500 winners are profiled in a special print issue of Canadian Business published with Maclean’smagazine and online at and
Matrix Mortgage Global made the 2018 Growth 500 list with five-year revenue growth of 610%.
“The companies on the 2018 Growth 500 are truly remarkable. Demonstrating foresight, innovation and smart management, their stories serve as a primer for how to build a successful entrepreneurial business today,” says Deborah Aarts, Growth 500 program manager. “As we celebrate 30 years of the Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies program, it’s encouraging to see that entrepreneurship is healthier than ever in this country.”

“Matrix Mortgage Global is honoured to be recognized amongst the top growing companies in every industry sector on the Growth 500 Ranking and as the top mortgage brokerage in Canada.” says CEO, Shawn Allen. “Our success is a direct result of our Solution Based Lending approach to providing clients across Canada with private and alternative financing for real estate. The Canadian mortgage landscape has gone through many changes in our 10 years of operations. Our mandate has remained constant as a reliable source of alternative financing to Canadian homeowners.”   

About Matrix Mortgage Global

Founded in 2008, Matrix Mortgage Global is Canadas premiere mortgage brokerage with over $1.1B in mortgage originations. Matrix provides mortgage financing to Canadians by connecting private investors with borrowers who have been left out by their traditional lending institution. In 2018, Matrix was recognized by industry peers at the Canadian Mortgage Awards as the #1 Private Lending Brokerage in the country and received accolades from the Prime Minister’s Office for their service to Canadians. For more information go to

About the Growth 500

For 30 years, the Growth 500 has been Canada’s most respectable and influential ranking of entrepreneurial achievement. Ranking Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies by five-year revenue growth, the Growth 500—formerly known as the PROFIT 500—profiles the country’s most successful growing businesses. The Growth 500 is produced by Canadian Business.Winners are profiled in a special Growth 500 print issue of Canadian Business (packaged with the October issue of Maclean’s magazine) and online at For more information on the ranking, visit

Media contact:

Laura Martin
Chief Operations Officer
Matrix Mortgage Global

Issued on behalf of Matrix by Stephen Weir

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Freedom Train Fires Up Senator to Push For A National Emancipation Day

Last Night’s Freedom Train Fires Up Senator to Push The Feds For A National August 1st Emancipation Day.
By Stephen Weir
It all happened underground late Tuesday night while most of Toronto slept. Looking out over a sea of Caribbean Canadian faces at the start of the Freedom Ride; Senator Dr. Wanda Thomas Bernard said “You should see the beautiful view from here!”
The Halifax senator, one of only a few Afro-Canadians currently sitting in the Upper Chamber, was a keynote speaker at last night’s 6th annual Emancipation Day Underground Freedom Train ride. She told the audience of over a 1,000 that when she gets back to Ottawa she is going to continue the work that was started by Toronto Historian Rosemary Sadlier, to make August 1st, Emancipation Day, a federally proclaimed national day. 
senator bernard
Senator Bernard shared the microphone with the Toronto Caribbean Carnival's Rita Cox, the honourary conductor of the 2018 Freedom Train. They stood on the steps of the Rotunda inside the TTC Union Station. The pair were surrounded by people wanting to join them on a special subway train ride to mark the August 1,1834 proclamation abolishing slavery in the British Empire and to honour the people who escaped to Canada on the Underground Railroad.
“We will begin boarding the Underground Freedom Train (a private TTC subway train) at 11:30pm and we will travel nonstop to the Sheppard West Station. I ask all of you to stay silent until we pass the St. George station, in honour of those who came before us,” organizer Itah Sadu told the crowd. “ We should arrive just after midnight August 1st and together we will mark this glorious date -- Emancipation Day.” 
Organized and looked after by supportive TTC volunteers (check out the volunteer driver welcoming people on board the Freedom Train), the journey was a mixture of quiet reflection followed by a sing-along of Bob Marley tunes and spiritual songs.  Arriving at the large two-story Sheppard Station, the disembarking passengers were greeted by the sounds of event drummers Muhtadi Thomas and Quammie Williams along with pannists from the Pan Fantasy orchestra.
In the audience were a number of community activists including Dr. Rosemary Sadlier, the former president of the Ontario Black History Society. Last year she reached out to Canadians to sign a petition to the Federal Government to declare August 1st as Emancipation Day across the Dominion. 
“We did present the petition to the Feds, and while nothing has happened in the House, a lot things are going on behind the scenes”, Dr. Sadlier told me at the crowded subway station.  “What Senator Bernard said tonight makes a big difference, and I think this (Emancipation Day) will move forward.”
This morning a tired by ecstatic Itah Sadu talked to me about the Train Ride.  “I stayed until the last person had left the station. It was the best Freedom Train ever. No incidents. It was all love.  Looking forward to 2019, but, I am wondering what it would be like to watch from the comfort of sidelines next year!”

Poet at Union Station