Shelter Lending was founded on successful lending practices that the management team developed in previous ventures. Our expertise in lending, underwriting and loan management positions Shelter Lending for unparalleled success in Western Canada’s private lending market.
With over 80 years of combined experience, we’re committed to building a progressive, efficient company rooted in sound lending practices.
Meet the Team
"I have known Dave McKitrick and the team since 2015. During that time they have provided some great private financing solutions for my clients. They are always willing to look for a way to help and be open to logical creativity before saying no. They are an important part of my team and lender toolbox of solutions for my clients."
- Keith Uthe, Enrich Mortgage Group
President & CEO
With over 25 years of management experience and an engineering background, Dave McKitrick is responsible for overseeing the efficient structure and successful operation of Shelter Lending.
Dave graduated with an engineering degree in 1991 and worked as a professional engineer for 14 years. After graduating with an MBA from the University of Alberta in 2001, Dave became the president of Simmax Energy. In 2005, he became the Chief Operating Officer for Alta West Capital where he transformed operations and systems to increase the efficiency of the mortgage lending company.
After purchasing fifty percent of Alta West in 2009, Dave and his business partner grew the company by more than three times to reach $90 Million under management. Dave is a recognized leader in his industry, named Alternative Lending Broker of the Year (2010) by Canadian Mortgage Professional.
Dave is a Jeep fanatic and loves his four daughters dearly.
VP of Mortgage Origination & Senior Underwriter
Grant has a BA from the University of Alberta and over 22 years experience in the mortgage industry. Grant has been a licensed mortgage broker since 1998 with a focus on residential and small commercial lending. Grant is responsible for sourcing new lending opportunities and underwriting mortgage loan applications for Shelter Lending.
Grant has undertaken many roles in his field including President and Managing Broker for a team of residential Mortgage Brokers in the Central Okanagan. Grant has also served as Business Development Officer and Senior Underwriter for one of Western Canada's largest Mortgage Investment Corporations.
In 2015, Grant founded Infinity Mortgage Corp. which was the manager for Infinity Mortgage Fund Ltd. a MIC. He went on to serve as President and Designated Individual.
Grant has served two terms as President of the Okanagan Mortgage Lenders Association and remained active as a Past President. He has previously served as a Director for the local chapter of the Junior Chamber of Commerce in Kelowna.
Grant has a passion for golf, outdoor adventures and travel.
Director & COO
With a history of ownership and management of various businesses in the technology and financial industries, Dean Larson has over 20 years of successful management, sales, and business operation experience.
Larson has a history of building and managing successful ventures, having successfully put together several strategic multimillion-dollar contracts between some of North America’s largest technology companies.
As a mortgage broker and the Designated Individual for Compass Mortgage Group, Larson has built a successful brokerage with offices and agents in Alberta and British Columbia, specializing in private lending.
Larson has been an active board member for many business organizations and charities, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to Shelter Lending.
Dean loves boating on Okanagon Lake and spending time with his kids and grandkids.
With over 45 years in the real estate sector, Cliff brings a vast understanding of the industry to Shelter Lending.
In 1986, Cliff purchased RE/MAX Saskatoon where he turned a struggling franchise of 13 associates into a top performer with 62 associates within two years, taking the largest market share in the city. Cliff became Senior VP and Regional Director of RE/MAX in Western Canada until he became VP of International Global Operations. In this role, Cliff was responsible for all international expansion, supervision and services to all countries outside of the United States.
Cliff currently operates from the top RE/MAX franchise in British Columbia in Kelowna and is recognized as an industry leader and innovator being recently awarded Broker Owner of the Year by RE/MAX International.
Cliff loves building business and is currently a Director for a major online business startup.