Blake C. Goldring is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AGF Management Limited, an independent investment management firm based in Toronto, with operations in the US, Europe, and Asia. Goldring has been widely credited with expanding AGF’s international profile and diversifying the company’s various service offerings.
Since joining the firm in 1987, Goldring has filled a number of roles. On the international front, he was an analyst for AGF’s Japanese portfolios and assisted in the establishment of AGF International Advisors Company Limited in Dublin. Domestically, Goldring has served as AGF’s Vice-President for Eastern Canada and later, Senior Vice-President of Sales and Marketing. In 1997, he was named President and Chief Operating Officer of AGF, and three years later, in 2000, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer. Under his direction, the company has steadily acquired new businesses, recruited top management executives, and built its base of assets.
In addition to his leadership at AGF, Goldring is also a leader in Canada’s business community. He has served as vice-chair and as a director of the Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC). He is currently a member of the IFIC Ad Hoc Strategic Research Committee. In addition to his involvement with IFIC, he is a director of the C.D. Howe Institute, a member of the Business Council of Canada [formerly, the Canadian Council of Chief Executives], the World Presidents’ Organization, and the Leadership Council of the Toronto Financial Services Alliance.
More broadly, Goldring is a leader in Canada’s philanthropic community.
He is an active supporter of the Canadian Armed Forces, and in 2009 he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division) in recognition of his many contributions. He is founder and chairman of Canada Company: Many Ways to Serve, a non-partisan charitable organization that promotes cooperation and collaboration between business and community leaders and the Canadian military. Canada Company also supports the country’s military by providing scholarships to the children of fallen soldiers, as well as transition services to help integrate veterans into the civilian work force.
In addition to receiving the Meritorious Service Medal, Goldring was appointed the first-ever Honorary Colonel of the Canadian Army in 2011. He was honoured with the VIMY Award by the Conference of Defence Associations Institute in 2014, in recognition of his contribution to the defence and security of Canada.
His community involvement extends to his position as Chair of the Board of Directors at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Vice-Chair of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and director of the Canadian Film Centre. In 2008, Goldring received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the Royal Military College, and in 2009 he received the Arbor Award from the University of Toronto for his generosity and contributions to the experience of U of T students, faculty, staff and alumni. In recognition of his community service he has also received the Award of Merit from the B’Nai Brith in 2011 and the Order of the Diocese from the Anglican Diocese in Toronto in 2013.
Goldring holds an Honours BA in Economics from the University of Toronto and a Master of Business Administration [MBA] from INSEAD in France and is a member of the Toronto Society of Financial Analysts, a Chartered Financial Analyst, and a fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers.