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Lending Assist is a software product that automates the production of commercial lending documents and due diligence searches for lawyers and lenders. This product significantly reduces loan turnaround times, decreases costs and increases the accuracy of commercial lending document production.   Save Assist is a secure portal that digitally stores all loan documents and has a communication tool that allows the bank to communicate with the lawyers acting for it on loan transactions in a secure environment.


Lending Assist and Save Assist was developed by:


E.P. Rees Inc. an Edmonton start up company created to manage the development of Lending Assist and Save Assist.

Witten LLP a Canadian law firm that is leading the way in adopting new technology and innovative practices focused on providing exceptional customer service.


iomer an award winning full service internet solutions company.


Kim Krushell, B.Sc., MLIS

Kim Krushell, B.Sc., MLIS

President, E.P. Rees Inc.

Kim Krushell is the President of E.P. Rees Inc. a Canadian start up company created to manage the development of software products, such as Lending Assist, that introduce innovation to the area of business loan transactions. Kim also believes in giving back… She is the Chair of the Blatchford Business Advisory Group. Blatchford is being planned as the largest Net Zero sustainable development project in the world. Vice Chair for the University of Alberta Property Trust Inc. which was recently set up to generate revenue for the university by developing designated university lands.  And she is the Vice Chair and Co-Chairing the Planning Committee for Women and Money, a new volunteer initiative reaching out to all women on financial empowerment. Prior to E.P. Rees Inc. Kim served 3 terms as an elected City Councillor for the City of Edmonton in Ward 2 representing over 70,000 residents in a city of 850,000. As a City Councillor Kim founded Edmonton’s Next Gen, championed neighbourhood renewal, chaired numerous Boards and Committees and took on major issues such as the Blatchford development project and the new downtown arena. In 2013 after serving 9 years in office Kim decided to step down from public life and focus on family and business. Kim has a Masters Degree from the University of Alberta in Library and Information Studies and Bachelors degrees from Southern Oregon University. Kim was born and raised in Southern California. She met her Canadian husband Jay, while they both studied as university exchange students at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. Today Kim lives in Edmonton Canada with Jay and their son Alex.

Jay Krushell

Jay Krushell

Partner, Witten LLP

A solicitor focused on commercial lending, real estate, and corporate/commercial law, Jay earned his B.Comm (1990), M.B.A. (1997), and LL.B. (1998) at the University of Alberta. He was admitted to the Alberta bar in 1999. Jay has been involved with various boards and community organizations. Outside of work he is an avid runner (with 19 marathons under his belt), gardener (whose yard has been nominated twice for the Yards in Bloom competition), and poker player (the only two-time winner of the Annual Witten Poker Tournament). He is also a life-long comic book collector with an impressive collection of graphic novels. He and his wife Kim have one son, Alex.

Jim Ward

Jim Ward

Founder, iomer Internet Solutions

Founder of iomer internet solutions, a software development firm. He got his first computer in 1987, but didn’t really fit in until he founded his first company in 2000. Jim has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Alberta, and a diploma in Computer Systems Technology from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. Jim is a long time member of the Entrepreneur’s Organization, and has founded three successful technology start-ups. He is also a co-owner of nForm User Experience Ltd, providing strategy, design, evaluation for organizations with complex web properties.

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