Ryan Ackers Joins Harbourfront

Ryan Ackers, MBA


Ryan’s focus is the growth of Harbourfront’s enterprise value through acquisition and integration of philosophically aligned advisory teams and investment firms with $100M+ in AUA, the development of strategic partnerships, and assisting with book purchase financing and financial analysis.  He has centered his career on adding value to investment advisors and improving the client experience.

Prior to joining Harbourfront, he led Western Canada Business Development for a national actuarial consulting firm which was Canada’s largest provider of Individual Pension Plans (IPPs) and Retirement Compensation Arrangements (RCAs). There, he worked with investment advisors to help develop their knowledge and comfort in working with complex tax and retirement planning strategies, which helped them add value to their clients while growing their AUM. In addition to presenting to large audiences, he regularly communicated complex information to CEOs, executives, board directors, business owners of startups and SMEs, incorporated professionals, international clients, and NHL players; multiplying his company’s sales growth along the way.

Prior to this, Ryan held a leadership position with Canada’s largest recruitment firm. After launching a successful practice in Toronto for €21B the Fortune 500 company, Ryan was chosen by its CEO to relocate to Calgary to launch its first finance & accounting group in Western Canada. A member of the finance & accounting management team, Ryan’s branch was awarded for producing the top revenue in Canada. Before this, he contributed to the growth of a new and first-of-its-kind high net-worth discretionary program for advisors of a Big 5 Bank, which grew to a $1.2B division at the time of his departure.

A graduate of Ivey Business School and the University of Toronto, he has served on the University of Toronto Governing Council’s College of Electors, was the President of a national charity, and has sat on other non-profit boards. He received the Arbor Award in 2018 for outstanding contributions to the University of Toronto, and currently sits on the Calgary Petroleum Club’s Board of Governors, where he started the fast-growing and internationally renowned Slainte Mhath: Scotch and Other Whiskies Society.

Ryan lives in Calgary with his wife and two sons and enjoys travelling and enjoying the world’s diverse sights and restaurants with them.