Communication and Leadership Award Recipient, 2019 Annual Conference
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 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.
Blake worked for a major Canadian bank before joining AGF in 1987. 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.
Blake serves on a number of industry and community Boards including the C.D. Howe Institute and Canadian Film Centre and is currently Chair of the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Board.
He is also Founder of Canada Company, a charitable, non-partisan organization created to connect business and community leaders with Canada’s military. 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.
Blake has been recognized by The Anglican Diocese in Toronto, B’Nai Brith and the Conference of Defence Association [CDA] Institute. He was the first person to be named Honorary Colonel for the Canadian Army in 2011. 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, Blake was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada for his contributions to business and philanthropy.