Goldring,  Blake Charles

Goldring, Blake Charles


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  • Name Goldring, Blake Charles 
    Gender Male 
    Occupation CEO, AGF Mutual Funds 
    Person ID I28726  Sullivan Burgess Family Tree
    Last Modified 15 Sep 2018 

    Father Goldring, Charles Warren,   b. 21 Oct 1927, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Apr 2009  (Age 81 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Dowd, Barbara Dorothy,   b. Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F9909  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Priebe, Belinda 
    Last Modified 15 Sep 2018 
    Family ID F9910  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • Local Committee Executive Board 1977-1979
      National Vice President Marketing 1979-1980
      Traineeship in Japan, 1980
      Member of Honorary Council, AIESEC Canada

      Blake Goldring is President and Chief Executive Officer of AGF Management Ltd., one of Canada’s leading wealth management companies. He has led AGF to six years of record growth through acquisitions and global expansion. Under his leadership, AGF?s total assets under management have grown from $12 billion in 1997 to about $27 billion and revenues have more than doubled, to over $650 million in fiscal 2002.

      Mr. Goldring joined AGF in 1987 with responsibility for the company’s Japanese and Asian portfolios and helped establish AGF International Advisors Company Ltd. in Dublin, Ireland. He later assumed responsibility as Vice-President, Eastern Canada and in 1993 was named Senior Vice-President, Sales and Marketing.

      In 2001, Blake Goldring ranked seventh in the National Post’s Best Performing CEOs, and was named one of the top ten CEOs in Canada in Canadian Business Magazine for strong leadership and returning excellent value to shareholders.

      Under Blake Golding’s leadership, AGF is committed to a program of corporate giving and sponsorship that is active on the fronts of environmental activities in support of the Sumatran tiger and direct community and employee involvement.
      Additionally, AGF supports a broad variety of local and national initiatives.

      Mr. Goldring is a Director of The Empire Club of Canada, The National Club, The Canadian Film Centre, the World Wildlife Fund of Canada and the Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC).

      He is a board member of The Bishop’s Company, headed by the Archbishop of the Anglican Diocese of Toronto, which raises funds for community programs.

      As well, Mr. Goldring holds the position of Chair, Board of Trustees, INSEAD Alumni Fund, Fontainebleau, France.

      Mr. Goldring studied economics at the University of Toronto and has a Masters of Business Administration Degree (MBA) from INSEAD (European Institute of Business Administration, Fontainebleau, France). He is a Fellow of The Institute of Canadian Bankers and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

      AGF Management Ltd. - sr. v-p, ntl. sales and mktg.

      Live and learn: Blake Goldring Peter Evans from the February 27-March 12, 2006 issue of Canadian Business magazine

      Growing up, my Father never suggested or put any pressure on us to follow him into business. He was always certain that each of his kids would find their own thing that they enjoyed and be happy.

      Learning different languages is so important. I was all set to drop French in Grade 11, but the Teacher said she wasn't going to take my drop form ? she wanted me to work hard and earn it. All of a sudden, the lights went on.

      We grew up backing on to a golf course. I used to slip down after School and find lost golf balls to sell to golfers. The best part was when a golfer saw me trying to sell a ball he'd lost back to him. It was a Lot of fun, but all those days on the course didn't help my handicap.

      When I graduated, I had a Lot of job offers. I remember one job in particular was for a cosmetics company in Scandinavia. As a single guy in his 20s, that was very appealing, but I talked to my Father and he said Canadian banks are a great training ground. You can learn marketing and the rest later, but it's good to go through the hard-nosed analysis first.

      My Father has never once second-guessed a decision. The fact is, he's seen it all over the last 50 years.

      Coming back to Canada from Europe was a real drag, because I always fancied myself an international businessman. I was expecting to work in London or Paris. And all of a sudden, there I was at King and Bay. It was, frankly, a huge downer.

      I think diversification through foreign investment is absolutely key. That's something we definitely believe in. The company was international right from the start: AGF was actually the first American fund offered to Canadian investors. American Growth Fund ? that's the origin of the company's name, right there.

      After I joined AGF, in 1987, I worked my way up. Following an acquisition, he led in 1996, my Father gave me the keys to the car and said, "It's yours ? you drive. "

      I've never marched. I've never fired a machine gun. But I recently became the honorary colonel of the Royal Regiment of Canada. It's the second-oldest reserve regiment in the country, and what I love about it is that these young men and women from different backgrounds give up their nights, weekends and summers. They're even prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice, just for a love of Canada. To me, that's very noble.

      I have three daughters, and playing tennis with them is the best thing in the world to me. One of the great things about being a parent is that you nurture your kids every day while they grow up. And then one day, you get to the point where that tennis ball comes back at you twice as hard, and you can't get to it in time. That's a really cool feeling ? but of course I'd never tell them that.

      I remember taking my Wife out for our first date. It was an office party and I dropped her off at home. She said thank you, but she thanked somebody completely different. The guy she named was kind of the office joke, with greasy hair and glasses. I was pretty shocked that she thought I was him, but it made me more determined.

      A Lot of investors save so assiduously. With RRSPs, especially this time of year, people are thinking about the long term. But I sometimes wonder whether people are thinking enough about today as well. Putting forward dreams a long time in the future ? that's important, but you shouldn't forego some of the nice pleasures of living for today. It's all about balance.

      Technology and information flow has changed the way investors look at the world. There are so many options. The irony is that with so much information, there's a real need for financial advisers to synthesize all the noise and come up with the best products.

      Blake Goldring Toronto