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Winnipeg-based Wellington-Altus Private Wealth says James Thorne will join the firm as chief market strategist.

An industry veteran, Thorne has more than 25 years of experience, and most recently served as chief capital market strategist and senior portfolio manager at a large independent investment management firm.

Thorne will be in charge of assessing economic, political and capital market trends and determining their implications for portfolios, the firm said in a release.

He’ll support the sales and client-serving teams, as well as serve as a spokesperson for the firm.

“Thorne’s reputation as a thought leader precedes itself, and we are thrilled to bring another A-player to the team,” said Shaun Hauser, founder and president at Wellington-Altus, in the release.