Harbourfront hires Ryan Ackers as first VP of Business Development

Ryan Ackers, Vice President of Business Development at Harbourfront Wealth Management

Harbourfront Wealth Management (HFWM or Harbourfront) announced the appointment of Ryan Ackers as Vice President of Business Development to the Canadian independent wealth management firm. Ryan Ackers joins Harbourfront from GBL where he led Business Development for Western Canada, Canada’s largest provider of IPPs and RCAs.

What is Ackers’ industry expertise?

While at GBL, Mr. Ackers oversaw B2B and B2C strategy and grew sales to over 200% YOY. Prior to GBL, Mr. Ackers held senior executive roles at Leadevest and Randstad Canada.

Responsible for the launch of the Fortune 500 company’s first Finance and Accounting Group for Western Canada, Ackers received the Elite Award for #1 revenue. With over 20 years of industry expertise, Ackers will lead the acquisition of advisor teams with a planning focus and oversees the transition process to ensure it is smooth for advisors and their clients.

“Our culture reflects our belief that great people make great companies and not the other way around and our drive to strategic excellence through innovation and technology has resulted in our firm becoming a talent magnet. Ryan with his versatile skills, industry-wide recognition, and excitement for exponential growth, is yet another example of goal alignment,” says Mark Pinto, President & Director of Harbourfront Wealth Management.

What are Ackers’ thoughts on the new role?

Commenting on his new position at Harbourfront, Ryan Ackers siad, “I left a firm where I worked with most Canadian financial institution to join Harbourfront Wealth Management because I believe that what the firm is doing for its advisors and clients represents the future of the industry, and I want to contribute to this. Everybody here is intent on making Harbourfront the premier firm for Canada’s top advisors and no idea goes unexplored.”

Ryan Ackers is a graduate of Ivey Business School and the University of Toronto, and he also served as President of the University College Alumni Association and other boards. Ryan Ackers also currently sits on the Calgary Petroleum Club’s Board of Governors.