Blake Goldring, AGF, Wins CIA 2007 Person of Influence Award



    Committed to a strong vision, Goldring grows AGF to a global powerhouse

    TORONTO, Nov. 29 /CNW/ - The Canadian Investment Awards, Canada's premier
awards program, recognizing excellence in the Financial Services industry, and
AGF, one of Canada's premier investment management companies are proud to
announce that AGF Management Limited Chairman and CEO Blake C. Goldring, has
been named 2007's Person of Influence of the Year.
    AGF has experienced tremendous growth and success in 2007, due to
Goldring's vision and commitment to supporting investment advisors and growing
the business to become an international wealth management firm. The award was
presented last night at the annual Gala held at the Direct Energy Centre.
    "I am honoured to accept this award on behalf of the phenomenal team at
AGF," said Blake. "As an organization we set out an ambitious and strategic
plan to become a premier investment management firm. We planted the seeds for
future growth and, with this vision and the hard work of a committed group of
many individuals we are starting to realize the results of our efforts. We
kicked off our 50th anniversary year by being selected the Advisors' Choice
Favourite Fund Company of the Year and going on to have a banner year."
    "We are committed to continuing to serve investment advisors by providing
them with the products they need, the value-added services they expect and the
world-class investment management expertise they demand now and into the
future."
    Qualifying candidates for the Person of Influence award were chosen from
any area of financial services in Canada including fund management, banking,
distribution, media, analysts and suppliers. The award is presented to an
individual who has proven superior performance and an outstanding contribution
to the financial community during the previous 12 months. AGF Management
Limited is one of the few independent investment management firms in Canada
with a global reach, with operations across Canada and subsidiaries in Europe
and Asia.
    Responsible for developing and overseeing the company's strategic
direction, Blake has played a critical role in turning AGF into a diversified
investment management firm by leading the company into new directions in
wealth management. During his senior management tenure, AGF has grown its
retail and institutional assets substantially in Canada and internationally.
The company has also expanded into new business lines, sold and acquired new
businesses, recruited top management and seen its revenues rise significantly.
    "Blake was an obvious choice for this award this year," said Sabine
Steinbrecher, CIA President and Founder of the Canadian Investment Awards. "He
has driven excellence throughout his organization and had a tremendous impact
on this industry as a whole. Under Blake's guidance, AGF has experienced an
inspiring turnaround that has resulted in incredible sales and fund
performance, as well as high praise from advisors."
    In addition to his contributions at AGF, Blake is actively involved in
numerous community initiatives in Canada and around the globe. He believes
that business leaders have a responsibility to show leadership and contribute
within the community at large. That includes investing in the future business
leaders of tomorrow through leadership in education, as well as stimulating
debate and discussion about important policy issues that shape our communities
- at the local, national and international levels. Blake has spearheaded a
number of philanthropic initiatives over the years, established Canada Company
and is actively promoting the first ever Canadian International Council.
    The Canadian International Council is a policy think tank that will
foster public discussion about foreign policy issues from a Canadian
perspective. Canada Company is an apolitical organization that serves as a
bridge between Canada's business community and the military, bringing together
influential business and community leaders to support the men and women who
serve our country. Among the organization's major initiatives is the creation
of a $2 million Scholarship Fund for the children of Canadian soldiers killed
on missions in Canada or abroad.
    Blake's contributions to the community extend to numerous causes,
campaigns and charities - everything from supporting the Canadian Film Centre
and the United Way to over two decades of involvement in the WWF-Canada to
promoting a sustainable environment.
    Last night, AGF was also recognized for excellence in the following
categories:

    
    -   Emerging Markets Equity Fund - AGF Emerging Markets

    -   European Equity Fund - AGF European Equity

    -   Precious Metals Equity Fund - AGF Precious Metals
    

    "Congratulations to Blake and all our winners at this year's Gala,"
continued Steinbrecher. "This industry's commitment to excellence continues to
inspire me as we work towards the 14th Annual Gala."
    Awards were presented at the 13th Annual Gala held on November 29th, 2007
and winners will be posted online at www.InvestmentAwards.com on November
30th, 2007.

    Key sponsors and partners:

    Platinum: CGI / Morningstar

    Gold: Canadian Business / MoneySense

    Silver: Fundata Canada Inc. / Informco / Investment Executive / Learning
Library Inc. / Satyam Computer Services Ltd.

    Strategic Partners: CCR Solutions / Imagine Canada / Kaleidoscope
Marketing and Communications / Prestige Glass International Inc. / VAULT
Solutions / YMCA Investment in Values

    Partners: Broadridge / Bullfrog Power / Business News Network / CNW Group
/ Data on the Spot / Elemente Magazine / Investment Fund Institute of Canada /
John Wiley & Sons Canada Ltd. / Matrix Search Group / RPM Technologies /
Tiffany & Co. / Vincor Canada

    About AGF Management Limited

    AGF Management Limited is one of Canada's premier investment management
companies with offices across Canada and subsidiaries around the world. 2007
marks AGF's 50th anniversary of providing Canadians with innovative investment
solutions across the wealth continuum. AGF's products and services include a
diversified family of more than 50 mutual funds, the evolutionary AGF Elements
portfolios, the Harmony asset management program, AGF Institutional Account
Services, private client products, and AGF Trust GICs, loans and mortgages.
With approximately $55 billion in total assets under management, AGF serves
more than one million investors. AGF trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange
under the symbol "AGF.B".

    About the Canadian Investment Awards

    The Canadian Investment Awards and Gala recognizes leading investment
products and firms illustrating an enduring commitment to excellence within
the Canadian financial services industry overall. It is the only time each
year in Canada, that the industry, investors and advisors come together to
select top performers. The event attracts over 600 guests annually and
represents the year long work of over 30 firms, 40 senior analysts and expert
jury members researching and ranking 50 categories and is supported by over 20
principal sponsors.
    The unusual nature of this collaborative structure provides an unbiased
and objective outcome that is completely unique to these awards and to Canada.
No other analysis process, nor any other resource, provides this broad
industry representation via "collaborative results" and the top performers
have become a valuable annual reference guide for Canadian investors and
advisors.
    This is the event of the season celebrating financial service excellence.
For more information about the Canadian Investment Awards, please visit
www.InvestmentAwards.com.





For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Sabine Steinbrecher, Canadian
Investment Awards Inc., Tel: (416) 703-8674 x 229, Email:
sabine@learninglibrary.com; Kate Taylor, Kaleidoscope Marketing and
Communications, Tel: (416) 271-9078, Email: ktaylor@kaleidoscoperesults.com;
Lucy Becker, Vice President, Corporate Communications, AGF Management Limited,
Tel: (416) 865-4284, Email: lucy.becker@AGF.com

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