Investing for Growth in Ontario Farmlands

AGinvest acquires and manages Ontario farmland and is also a provider of financing for farmers in the region.

We invest only in high quality farm properties, primarily in Southwestern Ontario, where we find the best combination of soil and water quality, crop variety and productivity, and access to markets.

Rooted in Ontario

AGinvest founders come from a farm background. Our company is led by people who have spent a lifetime working on and servicing Ontario farms. Our local knowledge and a sharp focus gives us a strong advantage for achieving a better return for our investors, more responsive service to farm families and more productive partnerships with farm operators.

OUR TEAM

Kent Willmore
Kent F Willmore BEd, BEnvs, CAFA, President

Kent has over 29 years of experience in the agricultural field. He grew up in a farm family and has been buying and operating farms for his own account since 2001. In addition to his role at AGinvest, Kent is a shareholder of WR Detasseling Ltd. and Willmore Farms Ltd. Kent developed WR Detasseling Ltd. into Canada’s largest contract seed corn service provider, with its customer list including DuPont Pioneer, Monsanto, Pride Seeds, Maizex Seeds, Horizon Seeds, CL Seeds, Glenn Seeds and Syngenta Canada. Kent also established Willmore Farms Ltd., a farming company that produces crops on his personal portfolio of Ontario farmland. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science from the University of Waterloo and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Windsor with an all-Canadian academic athlete designation.

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William Loucks
William J Loucks BSc (Agr), CPA, CA, Chairman

William received his Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from the University of Guelph in 1978. William then qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1981 and joined Collins Barrow public accounting in 1989. William recently retired from his position there as the Managing Partner of the Chatham-Kent practice. William is an active investor in privately held manufacturing companies. William is also a Director of a publicly traded Canadian company. In 2007, the Chatham-Kent Chamber of Commerce awarded William their Business Professional of the Year award.

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Alysson Storey, VP of Investor Relations and Corporate Communication

Alysson was born and raised in Chatham-Kent and returned to CK in 2007 after working in the private and public sectors across Canada and Europe. Alysson has a double major in History & Art History (Hons) graduating with distinction from Queen’s University, working for the Management Board Secretariat in the Government of Ontario, then overseas for several years, at the federal Department of Foreign Affairs. After returning to Chatham-Kent, she worked at RM Auctions as a Communications Specialist, assisting with the global auction business around North America and Europe. She then moved to the Municipality of Chatham-Kent for close to a decade as Manager of Culture and Special Events. Drawing on twenty years of experience in public relations and communications, she founded ADS Consulting providing communication and project management services to a variety of clients across Canada. Alysson is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Chatham, a fiddler, flautist and vocalist, part of the 100 Women Who Care charitable giving organization and a member of the Royal Canadian Legion. She also founded the grassroots advocacy group Build the Barrier in 2017 lobbying for improved safety standards on Highway 401 in southwestern Ontario.

Keith Graham
Keith Graham B.A. Business Administration, MBA, CFA, Part Owner and Director of AGinvest Properties

Keith resides in Chatham-Kent having recently retired from a long Bay Street career as a Portfolio Manager and Senior Executive in the Investment Industry. He is the Founder and President of Rondeau Capital Inc., a private investment and advisory firm. He has broad investment, management, and governance experience. He is currently a Director of Element Fleet Management (EFN on TSX), advises the Board of the Saskatchewan Public Employees’ Pension Plan (PEPP), and sits on the Investment Committee of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Toronto where he was also a Board Member and Board Chair for a number of years. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and has an MBA from the Ivey Business School at Western University.

The leadership team at AGinvest is supported by a network of consulting specialists with expert knowledge in diverse fields from agronomy and crop processing to agricultural securities.

The Investment Committee

The Investment Committee (IC) chaired by Keith Graham (bio above) is comprised of three advisors, whose background and experience are listed below. The Committee’s mandate is to provide guidance with respect to any farmland purchase or sale proposed by the General Manager of AGinvest Farmland One Inc., based on investment criteria that are designed to maximize longer-term, risk-adjusted rates of return.

Horst Hueniken
Horst Hueniken B.Science, Mechanical Engineering, MBA, CFA

Horst resides in Toronto, has launched a private investment and advisory firm recently — Hueniken Asset Management Inc. — following a long career on Bay Street as Research Analyst, Portfolio Manager, and Senior Executive in the investment industry. He has a broad range of investment, management, and governance experience. In addition to being a member of the Investment Committee at AGinvest Farmland One Inc., he is currently a member of the Advisory Committee of YieldBridge Fund Management SaRL, as well as a Non-Executive Director of TerraFarma Inc. and Muskoka Condominium Corporation No. 41. His prior experience includes serving as the Chairman of the Board of AgriMarine Holdings Inc. and Urban Barns Foods Inc. and as Independent Director of Xylitol Canada Inc., Liberty Resources Limited, and Blue Goose Capital Corp. (a Dundee Corporation company). He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation, has an MBA from the Ivey Business School at Western University, and a BASc (Mechanical Engineering) from the University of Waterloo.

Michael Lindley B.Science, Information Technology and Mathematics

Mike resides in Chatham Kent where he is currently a Delivery Manager at Enbridge Gas in the Technology and Information Systems department. Over his career, he has been responsible for the delivery of technology services across Canada and provided leadership to vendor contract negotiations, business unit acquisitions, and complex software development projects. Mike has a Bachelor of Science degree (Information Technology and Mathematics) from the University of Western Ontario. While at Western Mike excelled on the Varsity Football team contributing to a National Championship. He was recognized as an All-Canadian and was drafted into the Canadian Football League.

Our Mission

Our goal is to work with farm families and investors to create solutions that benefit all parties. We believe that the combination of benefits for both sides of the equation will create a long-term structure that protects the integrity of Ontario farmland for future generations.

Investing to help farmers succeed

AGinvest helps farm families grow their business, reduce debt, finance retirements and plan for succession to the next generation. The capital we provide also improves the productivity of the farm properties, reduces interest rate exposure and helps them to make effective long-term plans on matters such as land usage and equipment purchases. AGinvest’s landshare exchange program provides flexible retirement and succession planning options for farm families.

Investing to enhance farmland value

Improving and protecting the productivity of a farm is essential for long-term sustainability and value. Hence this is the cornerstone of our farmland strategy using proven farming optimization tactics.

Investing in for future gains

Ontario farmland has historically provided respectable returns with less volatility than the S&P500 and other widely followed indexes. As of December 2016, Ontario farmland has delivered an annual total return of 10.8% over a 25 year period.

Asset Return Characteristics (25 years)

A chart of Farmland Asset Return Characteristics

Returns on farmland have been compared to various index returns for general information purposes only. Past, actual or relative performance may not be representative of future returns. Comparing farmland to other indexes may not be a fair comparison, because the risk, liquidity and other key features of the different asset classes are materially different.