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.
BEd, BEnvs, CAFA, President
MBA, CFA, CPA (II), Senior Vice President
William J. Loucks
BSc (Agr), CPA, CA, Chairman
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.
Kyle grew up 20 minutes from downtown Toronto but from a young age spent every opportunity possible working on his family farm in eastern Ontario. After receiving his Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Computer Science from the University of Ottawa in 2013, he began working full time on his family’s century farm. In 2015 Kyle started his own independent agronomy consulting company with Agri-Trend where he helped farmers in eastern Ontario and western Quebec grow high quality crops while focusing on managing their inputs to make them as profitable as possible. In 2019 Kyle received his Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) designation and uses that to coach his growers to use the best 4R nutrient stewardship possible. One of Kyle’s primary passions in agriculture is using technology and agronomy together to help farmers maximize their profits and quality while growing environmentally sustainable products. When Kyle is not working, he loves spending time with his wife and two kids.
In her role as a staff accountant, Barb directly supports the operations team at AGinvest and manages the day today accounting functions. Prior to joining AGinvest, Barb has been involved in public accounting and has operated her own accounting business, servicing clients with bookkeeping, income tax, estate and retirement consulting. Barb enjoys spending time with her family and serves as the treasurer for various music ministries in the community along with her community church. Education: Business Administration – St. Clair College
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Karen founded Introduction Capital in 2004, after recognizing that Canadian alternative investment managers had an essential need for capital introduction services. The firm is registered as an Exempt Market Dealer and was created with the vision to provide sophisticated investors with access to niche alternative investment opportunities. Since the firm’s inception Karen has created and led each of Introduction Capital’s business lines.
In 2008, Karen established Introduction Capital’s Canadian Dealer Business and its clientele of high-pedigree managers from around the world continues to grow. In 2011, Karen launched the Canadian Alternative Investment Forum (CAIF) and it continues to be a highly regarded and influential conference that attracts expert speakers, industry professionals and sophisticated investor attendees. For over 20 years, Karen has been building longstanding and purposeful relationships with alternative investment managers, industry professionals, individual investors, family offices, wealth advisors and institutions. She also coined the phrase “relationship broker” from which the trademarked “the art of relationship brokering” came to be Introduction Capital’s tag line.
In 2014, Brian and his partners founded Algonquin Capital; a boutique specializing in alternative fixed income. Since then, Brian has been involved in the alternative industry, speaking at conferences, appearing on BNN and being a Member of the Canadian Association of Alternative Strategies & Assets (CAASA) Advisory Panel.
Prior to starting Algonquin Capital, Brian was the Global Head of Fixed Income and Rates for CIBC where he was responsible for the bank’s entire bond and rate trading business, overseeing 40 traders globally.
Before that, Brian spent 11 years with TD Securities, where he was the Global Head of Vanilla Interest Rate Derivatives, managing trading teams in Toronto, London, Tokyo and Sydney. Before building a career in trading, Brian spent seven years in the Canadian Armed Forces where he served as a Captain in the Airborne Regiment and participated in a peacekeeping tour in Iraq.