AGF Management Limited is a premier Canadian-based investment management firm serving institutions and individuals around the globe.
Blake Goldring, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Judy Goldring, Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, at AGF Management Limited collaborate to tell the story of AGF - the company their father co-founded in 1957.
Blake and Judy highlight AGF’s mission of helping investors succeed, our commitment to innovation, our excellence in investment management, our diversified family of investment mandates and our global reach.
For nearly six decades, AGF has been providing asset management services to institutions and individuals around the globe.
AGF began as a single, innovative idea: to pool the funds of Canadian investors to provide greater access to the U.S. market. The American Growth Fund, created in 1957, was the first mutual fund in Canada to invest solely in U.S. equities and its initials, AGF, became the company’s namesake.
Our founder, C. Warren Goldring and Allan Manford, set out to build a company that was innovative, focused on clients and driven by superior investment management. AGF is an independent publically traded company that is dedicated to delivering excellence in investment management and an exceptional client experience.
Under the leadership of Blake Goldring, AGF has grown to be a premier independent investment management company with operations in Canada the United States, Europe and Asia.
AGF first began partnering with WWF-Canada in the early 1980s to raise awareness about the Sumatran tiger - our corporate symbol. Over the years, we have worked with WWF-Canada to save the highly endangered Sumatran tiger and to educate the public about the WWF-Canada's efforts to protect all endangered species.
Read more about how AGF invests in the environment.
The American Growth Fund (AGF) was launched in 1957. C. Warren Goldring and Allan Manford had a unique and revolutionary vision to pool the funds of Canadian investors, giving them greater access to the U.S. market through the New York Stock Exchange.
This led to the co-founders building a company that is innovative, focused on clients and driven by superior investment management. These are characteristics that continue to drive AGF more than five decades later.
Today, AGF is one of the largest independent Canadian investment management firms. We are in business to deliver predictable excellence in money management, a wide spectrum of products and outstanding client service.
Our independence is a business strength that has allowed AGF to survive a consolidating industry, grow stronger, build partnerships with leading financial institutions and achieve success.
1957 – AGF launches first U.S. equity fund for Canadians, American Growth Fund
1964 – Launch of AGF Canadian Growth Equity Fund
1969 – AGF launches first Japanese equity fund in Canada
1976 – AGF launches first Canadian money market fund
1986 – AGF brings first global government bond fund to Canadians
1991 – AGF extends its reach into Europe with the opening of its Dublin investment office
1994 – AGF opens first Chinese equity fund in Canada
1997 – AGF launches Harmony, the first fee-based wrap program for Canadians
2005 – AGF Elements Portfolios are launched
2006 – AGF acquires 80% of Highstreet Asset Management Inc.
2007 - AGF celebrates the 50 th anniversary of American Growth Fund
2008 – AGF opens Boston office to enhance services to U.S. institutional clients
2009 – AGF circles the globe with a presence in Hong Kong
2010 – AGF offers Emerging Market bond and balanced funds to Canadian retail investors
2011 – AGF acquires Acuity Investment Management Inc.
2012 – AGF acquires Robitaille Asset Management Inc.
2012 – AGF launches floating-rate fund in Canada
2013 – AGF offers funds on UCITS platform and opens office in London, England
2013 – AGF launches AGF U.S. AlphaSector Class
2014 – AGF launches InstarAGF Asset Management to offer infrastructure investments to institutional clients