About Us

Select Mortgage's roots go back to 1998.

In October of 1998, Pacific Coast Savings Insurance Services purchased fifty percent of Victoria based Essex and Kent, enabling the company to offer mortgage-brokerage services to the Victoria area as well as up-island locations (Mill Bay, Duncan, Nanaimo, Chemainus) under the name Pacific Express Mortgage Corporation. In 1999, the remaining fifty percent of PEMC was purchased and the name was changed to U-Select Financial and Insurance Services Ltd, and was operated as a subsidiary company of Pacific Coast Savings Credit Union.

On December 31, 2000 Victoria based Pacific Coast Savings Credit Union and Richmond Savings merged to become Coast Capital Savings and U-Select remained a subsidiary company.

December 2004, U-Select became a specialized Mortgage Broker operating under the name U-Select Mortgage Services Ltd, eliminated other banking and insurance services from its operations and providing mortgage services on both Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland.

In December 2005, Coast Capital Savings (now based in Surrey BC after merging with Surrey Metro Savings) agreed to sell U-Select Mortgage Services to Geoff Parkin and Don Barr (both had been employed by Coast Capital Savings) and the headquarters remained in Victoria BC.

In February of 2006, U-Select changed its name to Select Mortgage Corp.

Since the purchase from Coast Capital Savings, several new offices have been opened. The number of Sub-Mortgage Brokers has continued to grow and Select Mortgage has Mortgage Advisors working throughout Vancouver Island and the lower mainland.

In 2008, our Admirals Road location moved to more customer-friendly location in the same centre.

In 2009, our Westshore location moved to a beautiful retail location.

In 2011, we are opened a new location in Broadmead.

2014 marked our last year with the Verico Mortgage Brokers Network.  We appreciate the good years we had with Verico, and chose to move our Network under the Mortgage Centre Canada umbrella. 

Who We Are

Select Mortgage is run by Don Barr and Geoff Parkin, together with location Sub-Mortgage Broker Managers, and an amazing administration team located in Victoria, BC.

Geoff Parkin Select MortgageGeoff Parkin - CEO of Select Mortgage, has been in the financial industry for more than 25 years. He has both CPA and Chartered Financial Analyst, designations.  Geoff held various positions at Pacific Coast Savings Credit Union in Victoria and most recently at Coast Capital Savings Credit Union as VP Subsidiary Operations which included real estate, mortgage broker operations, and real estate appraisal. Geoff is a former Victoria resident and currently a White Rock resident and active member of his communities, currently serving as a member of the board for the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.  Geoff has previously been President, and Chair Ethics Committee for the Mortgage Brokers Association of BC.  Email Geoff  or see www.geoffparkin.com.

Don Barr Select MortgageDon Barr - President of Select Mortgage, has been in the mortgage brokerage industry for more than 30 years, and won the Mortgage Broker's Association of BC 2008 Pioneer Award.  Don is a long-time resident of Victoria, BC and a pioneer in the mortgage broker industry.  Don continues to champion the industry's unique position in the mortgage lending market.  Don has used his expertise and leadership to grow Select Mortgage to its current nine locations housing over sixty mortgage brokers in Victoria, Sidney, Nanaimo, Courtenay and Vancouver.  Don has been an active member of the community and mortgage industry, serving on the board of the MBABC for more than 8 years.  Email Don or see www.donbarr.com.

Broker Managers

Oak Bay - Ida Chan

Nanaimo - James Snider

Westshore - Don Barr

Sidney - Sharon Bolton

Chatterton - Colleen Flynn

Admirals - Lynda Smith

White Rock - Geoff Parkin

Courtenay - MacKenzie Gartside

Orca - Dennis Eng

Vancouver - Tommy Qu

For our Chief Operations Officer and administration team in Victoria, email info@selectmortgage.com.

Accredited Home Lending
Bridgewater Bank
CareVest Capital
Coast Capital Savings Credit Union
Coastal Community Savings
Concentra Financial
Consumers Choice Mortgages
Cove Mortgage
Envision Financial
First Circle
First National
Fisgard Capital Corp
Gibraltar Mortgage
Home Trust Mortgage
Household Finance
HSBC Finance Canada
ING Canada
Industrial Alliance
Instafund Financial
Island Savings Credit Union
Laurentian Bank of Canada
Maple Trust
Merix Financial
National Bank of Canada
Northern Savings Credit Union
Premier Mortgage
Spectrum - Canada
Street Capital
TD Canada Trust
VanCity Savings Credit Union