Our Approach

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.

Our Goal

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


Dave McKitrick

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 founded Northern Alliance Financial Corporation (NAFC) in 2015 and created Shelter Lending Corporation in 2020 as a sister company to NAFC.  Dave and his partners have created a robust private lending company that services many brokers and borrowers and has very pleased investors.  Shelter is on a high growth curve and is making an impression on the mortgage industry.

Dave lives in Victoria and enjoys cruising on the ocean in his boat with his beautiful wife.  Krista and Dave enjoy watching the antics of their six adult kids scattered throughout Western Canada.


Grant Plunkie

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.

Jayson Zilkie

Jayson Zilkie

VP Business Development

Jayson is a Registered Mortgage Broker in BC and has a Bachelor of Arts in Business.  Jayson brings over 8 years of experience in the alternative lending, mortgage and fintech industries.

Jayson has been a successful BDM over the last 5 years and has a passion for building relationships and providing a high-quality level of service.

He is an elected official for the City of West Kelowna where he is serving a 4 year term as City Councilor where he was elected in October of 2018.  He also is a volunteer at the Central Okanagan Food Bank which serves thousands of people in the Okanagan and is creating a healthy, hunger-free community.

Jayson lives in West Kelowna with his wife Erin and three children.  They love to spend time outdoors, biking, hiking camping, playing hockey and golf and enjoying life in the Okanagan.

Kelly Brown Admin Assistance

Kelly Brown

Adminstration Manager

Kelly has over 10 years of experience in the finance and mortgage industry.  She manages all aspects of the administration for Shelter Lending including accounts payable, receivables and monthly billing.

Kelly is a constant professional in her handling of sensitive client information and works closely with the underwriting department to ensure all client needs are met.

Kelly lives in Calgary with her partner, Ian and their 4 children. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends and, as an avid sports enthusiast, can often be found on a ball diamond, golf course or soccer pitch.


Christine Harrison

Underwriter & Fullfillment Officer

Christine has been in the Financial Industry for over 20 years, working the last 12 years in the private lending sector. She has been a Licensed Mortgage Broker since 2015.

Christine is responsible for the underwriting and fulfilment of all mortgage files for Shelter Lending

She enjoys a variety of outdoor activities, working a few hours a month at The View Winery and spending time with her children.


Dean Larson


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 Okanagan Lake and spending time with his kids and grandkids.


Cliff Shillington


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.