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R. Ian Niven – Former Chairman, President & CEO of BMO, Joins HLG Board

By May 20, 2020June 7th, 2020No Comments

Toronto, ON,


Horizon Leader Group (HLG), is pleased to announce, R.Ian Niven, former Chairman, President & CEO of the investment management arm of BMO Harris Private Banking, has joined its Advisory Board.


Ian brings his vast knowledge and experience in Wealth Management, Investments, Philanthropy, Succession Planning, and Executive Coaching to HLG. These are invaluable to the firm as it builds strategic partnerships within the banking and financial sector; all part of a strategy to add-value for those who serve as professional athlete stakeholders and influencers.


“We are thrilled to have Ian join our Advisory Board. He is a great addition to the HLG team; a renowned, authentic, and respected leader who brings significant experience, perspective, and wisdom from an accomplished career,” commented Joe Jackman, partner at HLG. “Ian is a visionary, a champion of initiating growth, leading strategic change and building a client-centric business, with a proven ability to capitalize on opportunities. He will play a strategic and integral role in building our infrastructure, forging collaborations, and ensuring the global growth of our business,” added Jackman.


“I am very excited to be joining the world-class team at Horizon Leader Group. I strongly believe they have identified a gap in the athlete leadership development, branding, and transitions market, in helping athletes reach their full potential and enjoy sustainable success in sport, business and life,” said Ian Niven.With today’s pandemic, more than ever, HLG’s game-changing solutions are essential and I look forward to playing my part in growing this business.”


With the appointment of Ian as its first member, HLG begins to build its Advisory Board, filling it with some of the most forward-thinking and preeminent executives and entrepreneurs in business.


HLG Partner, and athlete mentor Steven Caldwell, a 17-year professional footballer in the Premier League and Major League Soccer, and current an on-air analyst for The Sports Network Canada, added, “Ian strengthens our Horizon Leadership Team, augmenting our knowledge, and expanding our strategic thinking and influencer network. We will look to Ian, and our other Advisory Board members, for their experience, insights, and creative inspiration to help take our game to a higher level.”





HLG is reshaping and redefining what it means to be an athlete. Built by athletes, for athletes, our mandate is to educate and empower world-class athletes from all sports, from every continent; from rising stars to active and former professionals. Our athlete-centric business is focused on mitigating challenges and optimizing career length and earnings, increasing relevancy, opportunities, resiliency, and purpose, to ensure a smooth pivot to what is next. Our forward-thinking clients live by the mantra, “More than an athlete.”


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