Meet the Team

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.

Dean Bowe B.A., CIM®, PFP, FCSI, AIF®
Director, Wealth Management, Portfolio Manager
Tel: 416.941.6750

Dean Bowe has over 25 years of industry experience, having entered the investment industry in 1988 with an Economics Degree from York University. Dean began his career at ScotiaMcLeod and continued to build his knowledge and experience at Midland Walwyn Capital Inc., CIBC Wood Gundy, HSBC Securities, and Wellington West Capital (bought by National Bank Financial) from 2006 until 2012.

Dean has achieved the Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI) designation which is reserved solely for professionals that meet the highest standards for advanced education, ethical conduct, industry experience and endorsement from peers. Dedicated to lifelong learning and professional development, he has also completed several other courses and designations offered by the Canadian Securities Institute such as the Partners, Directors and Officers course, the Canadian Investment Manager designation, and the Personal Financial Planning course. Dean has been a Portfolio Manager since 1999, qualifying him to offer individuals, corporations, and institutions discretionary portfolio management solutions.

Dean continues to innovate, adapt, refine, implement and identify on a timely basis, leading wealth management solutions for his clients. In order to offer a complete spectrum of solutions, Dean incorporated insurance capabilities into his practice over 10 years ago. Insurance solutions continue to play strong supporting roles in his practice for their tax efficiency, estate planning effectiveness and risk management control.

Dean is dedicated and passionate about bringing clarity, confidence and helping his clients achieve their goals in an uncertain world.

Rachael O’Connor
Associate
Tel: 416.941.6755

Rachael has been with Richardson GMP Limited since the summer of 2014. In 2016, she graduated from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree with a focus in Finance and she is currently a CFA level 1 candidate. She joined Chris and Dean’s team as an associate in 2018 where she provides administrative and analysis support to her team. Rachael’s passion for investing, portfolio construction, dedication to learning and upbeat personality has made her a valuable asset. In her spare time, Rachael enjoys spending time with family and friends, and is extremely active, having played a competitive level of hockey for 10 years.