Ryan has over 10 years’ experience in financial services, real estate development, and acquisitions. As First West Capital’s Managing Director, Ryan provides mid-market businesses in Canada with tailored subordinated debt, mezzanine and equity financing solutions for growth, acquisitions, and transitions.

Prior to First West Capital, Ryan spent five years in progressive commercial financing roles with BMO Bank of Montreal, and one year with the Toronto-based BMO Business Banking Strategy Team where he led a national strategic initiative. In 2016, Ryan was named BMO Commercial Banker of the year. Ryan also worked with Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union, and Silvercreek Development Corporation, a real estate development and acquisitions company with operations in Canada and Mexico.

Ryan holds a Bachelor of Business in Real Estate from the University of British Columbia, a Master in Business Administration from IE Business School in Madrid, Spain and is a CFA Charterholder.

Ryan is a proud supporter of the BC Cancer Research Foundation, SAINTS Rescue, and the Nikkei Foundation. Ryan regularly volunteers his time at local sporting events around Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.

Recent posts by Ryan Lang

What’s right for your business, junior capital or senior debt? Apr 23

Junior capital explained

Having been a senior lender most of my career, I recently joined the First West Capital team because I am passionate about helping businesses achieve the next level of growth – which can include making the leap from senior debt financing to junior capital. It’s not that one is better than the other.  They both play an important role in financing a business, and, when done well, complement each other and facilitate optimal business results. So, how do you know when your business needs to make the jump to junior capital? (And what is subordinated-debt, anyway?)

Here we’ll take a look at the definitions of senior debt and junior capital, and explore how they can work together to help your business thrive. Continue Reading