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HCol Blake Goldring, C.M., M.S.M., CD, LL.D, CFA

Executive Chairman
AGF Management Limited

Blake C. Goldring is Executive Chairman of AGF Management Limited, a premier independent asset management company with operations in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia.

Named Executive Chairman in 2019, Chairman in 2006, Chief Executive Officer in 2000 and President in 1997, Blake has led the growth of AGF’s business, which today manages over $39 billion (C$) in investors’ assets globally.

Blake 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 and a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. He serves on the Lawrence Centre Advisory Council at the Richard Ivey School of Business and The President’s International Alumni Council at the University of Toronto. He is a member of the Business Council of Canada and a Leadership Council Member of the Toronto Finance International (TFI).

Blake is Chair, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Board and a Director of Smith and Williamson (a U.K.-based wealth management firm founded in 1881), the Canadian Film Centre, the C.D. Howe Institute and a number of private companies. Blake is also the former Vice Chair of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

He is Chairman of Canada Company: Many Ways to Serve, a non-partisan organization he created in 2006 to bring community leaders across Canada together to support the Canadian military and their families in the work they do at home and abroad.

In recognition of his dedication and leadership to strengthening the important bridge between the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and Canadian society, the Conference of Defence Association [CDA] Institute named him the 2014 VIMY Award recipient. After serving in the Army as an Honorary Colonel for 12 years, the last 7 of which as the first ever Honorary Colonel for the Army, he received his Canadian Forces Decoration [CD] on November 24, 2017. Blake has now retired from active duty but continues to serve – Many Ways to Serve.

Board of Directors

HCol Paul Hindo

Vice Chair Canada Company

HCol Paul Hindo has spent the last 30 years in the commercial real estate sector and is now with Quantum Cyber Defence. Paul has had extensive involvement in various public and community organizations such as the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation, SCO Health Service Foundation, and is currently serving as the Director Emeritus for the Canadian Forces Liaison Council.

As of August 1, 2018, HCol Paul Hindo assumed the role of Vice Chair for Canada Company.

Bruce D. Bowser

Bruce D. Bowser is President and CEO of AMJ Campbell Van Lines. He previously held various management positions with the Bank of Nova Scotia from 1985 through 1992.

In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for Canada Company, Mr. Bowser has served on several boards, including the National Club, Atlas Canada, the National Ballet School of Canada, Hope Air, the Credit Valley Hospital Foundation, Mississauga Board of Trade, Georgetown Hospital Foundation Board, and is Past President of the Teen Ranch Foundation, Halifax/Dartmouth YMCA.

William Braithwaite

William Braithwaite is a Senior Partner in the Toronto office of the national law firm Stikeman Elliott LLP and a member of the firm’s Partnership Board and Executive Committee. Mr. Braithwaite practices primarily in mergers and acquisitions, and has represented a wide range of corporations, boards of directors, and institutional shareholders. He has also represented governments and regulatory authorities on policy and other initiatives.

Mr. Braithwaite is a member and Secretary of the Canada Company Scholarship Fund Oversight Committee.

HCol Tim Hogarth

HCol Tim Hogarth is the President & CEO of Pioneer Energy LP and its associated group of companies. Pioneer is the largest private independent petroleum marketer in Canada with annual revenues of $2 billion and over 300 retail locations across Ontario and Manitoba. Pioneer is recognized as a Platinum member of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies program.

HCol Tim Hogarth also serves as the Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel of the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry regiment. He is a former Vice Chair of Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation and YPO Toronto Chapter Chair. He serves on the board of the MerryGoRound Children’s Foundation, as well as various other charities and boards.

François Joyet

François J. Joyet is President & Founder of Maguire Bakeries, an independent manufacturer of bakery products for a healthier lifestyle based out of Quebec, Canada, with sales throughout North America. He is also owner and founder of Bagel Maguire Café, an artisanal bakery café that has been in continuous operation since 1988.

Garfield Mitchell

Garfield Mitchell is a private investor, corporate director, and Chairman of Smoothwater Capital Corporation. He also serves on the boards of a number of charities and foundations.

Mr. Mitchell is Chair of Canada Company’s Governance and Nominating Committee and the Scholarship Fund Oversight Committee.

George Salamis

George Salamis is CEO and founder of Integra Resources, focused on advanced gold and silver exploration in Idaho, USA. He holds a B.Sc. in Geology from the University of Montreal – École Polytechnique and has discovered, financed, established, and sold more than five major ore deposits world-wide throughout his 25-year career in mining and resource exploration.

The first 12 years of his career were spent working for major mining companies – Placer Dome and Cameco Corp. In 2001, George transitioned into resource exploration and development, creating and managing start-up companies focused on identifying new resource deposits around the world. He has been involved billion dollar merger-and-acquisition transactions through junior mining companies that he helped to build. Most recently, George was Executive Chairman of Integra Gold Corp., a development stage public gold company that was sold in July 2017 for $600 million to Eldorado Gold.

Before starting his career in mining and exploration, George was in service of the Greek Merchant Marine, working as an apprentice engineer aboard an oil tanker fleet serving in southeast Asia and the Persian Gulf region. His passion for maritime pursuits began during his time at sea and is now well served by his affiliation with the Royal Canadian Navy and his on-going work with Canada Company.

COL Kerry Vance, USA, Ret.

Kerry Vance, President and Chief Legal Officer, Scion International Consultants, Inc., provides expertise to the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative, a global partnership committed to the progressive elimination of the recruitment and use of child soldiers and other vulnerable populations worldwide.

With more than 25 years of active service, Ms. Vance retired from the United States Army in the rank of Colonel. She has been awarded numerous awards and decorations among which are the Bronze Star, the Legion of Merit, and the Defense Superior Service Medal.

Kerry is licensed to practice law in the State of Michigan and has been admitted to argue before the Michigan Supreme Court, the highest echelons of Military Courts, and the United States Supreme Court.

Kerry is a member of the Board of Directors for Canada Company. Prior to accepting this position, she launched and led the Canada Company Military Employment Transition Spouse Program, a program that facilitates career development for military spouses, as its Director.

Rose Patten

Rose M. Patten is Chancellor of the University of Toronto, where she is also Executive in Residence and Adjunct Professor in Executive leadership Programs  at the Rotman School of Management.

At BMO Financial Group, she is Special Advisor to the CEO and Senior Executives. having formerly holding simultaneously the roles of EVP Bank Strategy and Global Head of Human Resources

A prolific volunteer, she is a distinguished former Chair of U of T’s Governing Council.  More recently, she also served as Chair of the Board of Trustees of The Hospital for Sick Children.

Among many other accolades over the years, Dr Patten was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada, in 2017.


  • The late Peter Munk, Founder and Chairman of Barrick Gold Corporation
  • James Balsillie, Former Co-Chief Executive Officer of Research In Motion (RIM)
  • R B & H Inc.
  • Paul Desmarais, President and Co-CEO of Power Corporation of Canada
  • W. Garfield Weston Foundation
  • Bank of Montreal
  • Scotiabank
  • Standard Life Assurance Company of Canada
  • AGF Management Limited