Team

Ian Ridgway

Co-Founder & Managing Director

Known as a strong leader, Ian Ridgway has a comprehensive background effectively managing financial performance and business operations through exceptional relationship building skills. He is a strong communicator and presenter with demonstrated success motivating and developing teams to meet and exceed expectations. He is driven by creativity and an unwillingness to accept the status quo.

Ian has held various senior leadership roles within IKEA Canada and IKEA USA over his 37 years with the company.​ He co-founded Harvest Business Consulting alongside his long-time colleague John Clark. Connect with Ian Ridgway on Linkedin.

Ian’s many areas of expertise include:
– Business Strategy & Strategic Planning
– Business Planning
– Business Intelligence
– Financial & Operational Budgeting and Forecasting
– Financial Modeling
– Profit & Loss Management
– Business Development
– Coaching, Team Building and Leadership

 

Testimonials – Ian Ridgway:

I have had the privilege of knowing Ian for many years as a colleague, mentor and confidant. From my experience, he is a skilled advisor and coach, who can be counted on to provide a fresh and thought provoking view of any topic being discussed. Ian is skilled at foreseeing the real-world implications that accompany new ideas, and understands how well planned operations have a great impact to financial health. His wealth of practical retail experience and know-how enables him to provide astute guidance at every level of an organization. Ian is trustworthy, and always follows through on his commitments. – Tracey Beazley-Clark, Global Payments Manager, IKEA

I had the opportunity and pleasure to work with/for Ian for over twelve years. Ian’s ability to have a common sense, simplistic approach allow for people to easily learn and identify with Ian. Ian is a person of key leadership traits and has had the admiration and respect of all those that have worked with and for Ian over the years. The competence I have gained from Ian’s leadership and expertise in Business Planning & Development, Sales and Financial Forecasting/Management have allowed for me to develop and anchor myself into an integral part of my organizations financial management team. The trust and respect I have for Ian is second to none and with the success Ian has endured himself and taught onto others over the years is why Ian will always be my go-to person on any consultation. – Sean Fesler, Regional Finance Manager, IKEA

I worked closely with, and respected Ian Ridgway for the better part of two decades. I know him to be a person of unquestioned integrity, sound judgment and comprehensive business acumen. I have personally worked closely with him on matters great and small ranging from, expansion strategy and practice, financial crisis management, Total Rewards, Organizational Design, Workforce Management and many Business Case developments (some of which required nuance and finesse and sophisticated assumption sets). In every case, I have benefitted from his counsel. – George Puchta, President, Marsh Creek Advisors LLC

Experience

2000-2018

IKEA Group, National Director/Manager of Financial Planning and Analysis/Retail Operations

1998-2000

IKEA Group, National Business Controlling Manager/Director