Building Up Canada’s ‘Innovative Economy’

It's not just scientists who see the value in research. An investment expert shares her thoughts on how knowledge drives our economy.

 |  Transcript [PDF]

Canada’s strength is in its knowledge, according to Judy Goldring, Executive Vice-President & Chief Operating Officer at AGF Management Limited.

“Where we add our strength and where we are competitive is in our knowledge-based society,” says Goldring. “We need to make sure we stay ahead of the curve on that, and the way to do that is to invest in research, to ensure that we have innovation.”

And Goldring happens to be an expert in investment. AGF is a global asset management firm, and they work closely with PhD students and other academics to better understand and predict how the market will behave.

“In the case, for example, of understanding and predicting where the market might perform and how the market might perform, whether it be fixed income or equities, incredibly innovative techniques are being used, and it really is about taking data and creating information,” says Goldring.

Goldring advocates for investing in basic research, creating new technological advances, and driving them all the way through to commercial solutions. But the basic seed for all of it remains the basic research that expands our knowledge base.

“The innovative economy is absolutely linked to research and research investment,” says Goldring. “It is going to be driven off of data, converting that data to information. It’s going to be looking at technological innovations and how can you leverage it for investment decisions and investment solutions. And it’s going to be about understanding the markets in a much more fundamental way, but driving that through the technological applications.”

‹ Previous post
Next post ›

Judy G. Goldring is Executive Vice-President (EVP) and Chief Operating Officer (COO) and a member of the Board of Directors of AGF Management Limited (AGF), a global asset management company trading on the TSX.  She is also a member of the Board for the AGF Group of Funds.  

Goldring is a key member of the senior executive team, providing strategic leadership and vision that promotes operational effectiveness for the long-term growth of the firm.    

She is responsible for the firm’s Operations, IT, Legal, Compliance and Human Resources at an enterprise-wide level, supporting AGF’s Canadian and global offices. She also oversees AGF’s private client business with assets under management of approximately $4 billion.   

Goldring received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Toronto and earned her LL.B from Queen’s University. She was called to the Bar in 1993 in the Province of Ontario.  She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, and the Canadian Bar Association. 

Goldring is a member of the Board of Directors of Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC), the investment funds industry advocacy association.  She currently sits on the Boards of the Nature Conservancy of Canada, and the Toronto French School, an independent bilingual school.     

Previously, Goldring has been an active fundraiser with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and with the University of Toronto having been appointed to the Governing Council in 2007.  In 2013, Goldring was elected as the Chair of Governing Council, a position which she held through to 2016.   

In 2015, Goldring was inducted into the Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women Hall of Fame having been recognized in 2012, 2013 and 2014 by the Women’s Executive Network. In 2010, she was honoured as one of the Women’s Post Top 20 Women of 2010.

Research2Reality is a groundbreaking initiative that shines a spotlight on world-class scientists engaged in innovative and leading edge research in Canada. Our video series is continually updated to celebrate the success of researchers who are establishing the new frontiers of science and to share the impact of their discoveries with the public.