By: AGF Management Limited • December 1, 2018

Executive Chairman, AGF Management Limited

Blake C. Goldring is the Executive Chairman of AGF Management Limited. In this role, he is focused on furthering key partner relationships and deepening AGF’s strength within the alternative investments space, while also driving continued shareholder value by representing AGF on the Smith & Williamson Board and serving on AGF’s various entity Boards.

He provides guidance and counsel to the CEO in setting the mission, vision and strategic direction for the firm. At the same time, he provides leadership to AGF’s Board of Directors in carrying out their collective responsibilities to supervise the management of the business and affairs of the company.

Blake’s career at AGF spans more than 30 years. He was named President in 1997, Chief Executive Officer in 2000 and Chairman in 2006. Under his leadership, AGF has grown to be a premier global asset management firm with operations in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia.

As a long-standing participant and advocate for the Canadian financial industry and broader community, Blake has been increasingly balancing his time across a number of organizations, including his involvement on the Board of C.D. Howe Institute and other industry organizations, as well as his community leadership as Chair, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and a Director of the Canadian Film Centre in addition to supporting a number of other important causes.

Blake is currently a Director of Alignvest Management Corporation, a Member of the Business Council of Canada (formerly the Canadian Council of Chief Executives) and a Leadership Council Member of Toronto Finance International.

Blake is the founder of Canada Company, a charitable, non-partisan organization created to connect business and community leaders with Canada’s military. Among its many initiatives, Canada Company awards scholarships to the children of fallen soldiers to assist with their post-secondary education. In addition, Canada Company created and administered the Military Employment Transition (MET) Program from 2012 to 2018. This program helped 3,600 Veterans find meaningful employment in the civilian workforce. In 2011, Blake was appointed the first ever Honorary Colonel, Canadian Army. He retired in 2017 having served a total of 12 years with the Canadian Armed Forces.

Blake has received numerous honours in recognition of his personal and professional achievements. He was awarded the Person of Influence Award at 2007 Canadian Investment Awards Gala. Blake was also awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division) in 2009, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 and the Canadian Forces Decoration (CD) for 12 years of service in 2017. In December, 2018, he was named to the Order of Canada.

Recognizing his community service, he received the Order of the Diocese from the Anglican Diocese in Toronto in 2013, and the Award of Merit from B’Nai Brith in 2011. In 2014, he received the VIMY Award from the Conference of Defence Association (CDA) Institute.

He holds an Honours BA in Economics from the University of Toronto and a Masters of Business Administration from INSEAD in France. He is also a member of the Toronto Society of Financial Analysts, a CFA charterholder and a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers.

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