I was also checking out Platinum Equities in Calgary as an alternate, in part because one of the "other" players made a switch to Platinum Equities, in part because they advertise heavily, in part because an employee of Platinum Equities asked me to. I made mention on my web site that I was looking into them but had no other information. After finding the following I personally decided to not check any further:
From the Real Estate Council of Alberta's web site:
http://www.reca.ab.ca/publications_resources/news_releases/2000/00_10_04.htm http://www.reca.ab.ca/publications_resources/newsletters/reca_internet_news/02_may24.htm Chandran is the president of Platinum Equities according to Platinum's web site)
http://www.reca.ab.ca/complaints_outcomes/withdrawals_industry.htm Dave Humeniuk is listed as Chief Marketing Officer/Director on Platinum's web site)
http://www.reca.ab.ca/publications_resources/newsletters/reca_internet_news/05_feb14.pdf Note his LIFETIME Ban!