With more than 50 years of combined experience, our team has been building long term relationships to help families and entrepreneurs achieve success – in other words – helping them live life on their terms.

 

Chris Ballanger B.A., B.Ed., M.A.,
Director, Wealth Management & Investment Advisor
Tel: 416.941.6751

Chris Ballanger has been consulting and providing clients with investment advice for over two decades. A graduate of York University in 1986, Chris received his Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University in 1987. After a year of teaching, Chris joined Walwyn Stodgell (which became Midland Walwyn) and started his career in financial services. He joined Nesbitt Burns in 1995 and then moved to Wellington West in 2008.

His passion for education has been an ongoing pursuit for Chris and around 10 years ago he became interested in the emerging field of behavioural economics and was instantly convinced that the field presents the missing link of investor behaviour. This insight inspired him to write a Master's thesis on how behavioural finance impacts advisory practices while obtaining an Organizational Management and Design Master’s degree from Fielding Graduate University in 2009. Currently, Chris is working on an MBA from Herriot Watt University part time. As well, he has produced a documentary on behavioural finance entitled Taking Stock which features top experts in the field.

Chris believes strongly in a teaching approach to advising, helping his clients not only achieve their goals but understand why they own the investments they do.

Ardina Gubbels
Assistant
Tel: 416.941.6755

Ardina was raised on a large farm outside of London before moving to Toronto in 2016 after completing her Bachelor’s from Western University with a specialization in History. After spending the past several years working in Hospitality, she entered the investment industry at the beginning of 2019 and is currently working toward completing her Canadian Securities Course and Conduct and Practices Handbook Course. Within the team, she provides assistance in new account openings, servicing client requests, and daily administrative tasks.

Outside of work, Ardina most often spends her time cooking, visiting her family’s cottage, or kayaking around the Toronto Island with her dog, Milo.

Laila Ierullo
Associate
Tel: 416.572.5437

Laila joined the investment industry in 2018 after working in information technology for three years. She is a graduate from Wilfrid Laurier University where she received her Honours Bachelor of Business Administration with a specialization in Finance. She has since become a licensed Investment Representative and is currently a candidate for Level III of the CFA Program. 

Within the team, she provides support with trading, investment research and financial reporting. She is also happy to assist with client services if Ardina is unavailable.

Laila enjoys spending time outdoors and outside of the office she can be found camping, hiking or marathon running.