Founded in 1957, AGF Management Limited is a premier Canadian-based investment management firm serving institutions and individuals around the globe.
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.
It has also allowed us to make strategic acquisitions over the years. In 2006, we acquired approximately 80% of Highstreet Partners Limited, which wholly owns Highstreet Asset Management Inc., an investment counsel firm based in London, Ontario that serves private clients and provides specialized investment management services.
In February 2011, AGF completed the 100% acquisition of Acuity, another independent firm. Acuity was founded in 1990 by Ian O. Ihnatowycz to manage assets on behalf of retail and institutional investors, including pension plans, foundations and endowments.
The addition of Acuity's investment expertise provides AGF clients with a broader range of investment solutions including mutual funds, pooled funds and sustainable investment products.
This acquisition continues to build on our five-decade tradition of excellence in money management and gives us greater scale to meet the needs of a diverse range of clients both in retail and institutional markets.
1957 - Launch of American Growth Fund
1964 - Launch of AGF Canadian Growth Equity Fund
1976 - AGF launches AGF Money Market Fund
1986 - AGF launches the first global government bond fund for Canadians
1990 - AGF launches its Canadian Asset Allocation Service
1994 - AGF launches the first Chinese equity fund in Canada
1997 - AGF launches Harmony, the first fee based wrap program to come from a fund company in Canada
2005 - AGF launches Elements, an evolutionary fund-of-fund product
2007 - AGF celebrates the 50 th anniversary of American Growth Fund
2010 - AGF launches two groundbreaking emerging markets funds: AGF Emerging Markets Bond Fund and AGF Emerging Markets Balanced Fund