Dominion Lending Centres Premier Mortgages
In her role as a broker with DLC’s Premier Mortgages, Alison Lopes does not discriminate. “I enjoy meeting people across all walks of life and helping them achieve one of life’s major goals, homeownership,” she says. For Lopes, facing the challenges of tough approvals and returning with a win for clients is one of her favourite aspects of the job.
Starting life in Canada as an immigrant, growing up in a family with parents who had little to no education, helped mold Lopes into the leader she is today. “My parents provided an example of a high work ethic and endurance to stay the course, regardless of obstacles,” she says. Having had her share of personal family tragedies, Lopes held firm to a positive outlook. Now, after only seven years as a broker, she has placed on Top 50 national broker lists and received numerous accolades, including the Hall of Fame Elite Award for more than 550 files funded.
Yet despite her success, Lopes continues to face plenty of challenges in her day-to-day life. “Balance in life is always a challenge, regardless of gender,” she says. “The commitments of work, family, friends and finding the time to give back to the community while still maintaining a sense of personal accomplishment is an ongoing concern.”
Like others on this list, she feels women are generally well represented in the mortgage industry, especially compared to other similar professions, such as Realtors or financial advisors, but she adds that there is still room for gender equality to grow.