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 shareholders, more responsive service to farm families and more productive partnerships with farm operators.


Kent F. Willmore BEd, BEnvs, CAFA, President

Kent has over 30 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.

Anthony Faiella MBA, CFA, CPA (II) , Senior VP, Business Development

Anthony has almost 30 years of experience in the investment industry with much of it spent in institutional equities at Merrill Lynch as well as the Canadian financial sector. He is a licensed portfolio manager, and has worked extensively with high net worth individuals. Anthony is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and member of the CFA Institute, earned an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University and a CPA from the State of Illinois. Anthony is a member of the Board of Directors for the Ronald McDonald House in Toronto, as well as Chair of the RMH Investment Committee. He sits as an Executive-in-Residence at the Schulich School of Business at York University, where he oversees the student-run Student Investment Fund, working with students to guide and mentor them as they manage actual investment portfolios. Outside of the office, Anthony enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters.

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.

Ron Stevens MMIE, BESc, Operations Manager

Ron began his career in the engineering space after receiving a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Western Ontario in 2016. After time spent as a Program Manager in the automotive sector, Ron completed his Masters in Entrepreneurship and Innovation (MMIE) from the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University where he also obtained a social impact certificate. Ron excels in building strong networks and new initiatives, with a passion for innovation. Born and raised in a small farming community in Chatham-Kent, Ron has always had a strong interest in entrepreneurship and the investment sector and remains actively involved with various small businesses in the area. Outside of his professional life, Ron enjoys woodworking, home building and taking on new projects with his partner.

Alysson Storey VP, 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. A graduate of Queen’s University, she spent several years in Toronto working for the Province of Ontario, and overseas at the federal Department of Foreign Affairs. After returning to Chatham-Kent, she worked at RM Auctions as a Communications Specialist, assisting with auction activities 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 more than 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 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 is comprised of advisors with extensive experience and background in the financial and investment sectors.
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.

Our Mission

Our goal is to work with farm families and shareholders 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.