Kent F Willmore BEd, BEnvs, 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.
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.
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 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)
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.