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Ayrshire (“Air-Shire”) meaning “Watercourse” or “Strong River”

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Get to Know Us

We are an Alberta based investment management firm that has a focused strategy of investing in real property and related venture capital. Our firm originated in the late 1990’s as a family office for our Executive Chairman Phil Swift who is a co-founder of ARC Financial – Canada’s largest energy focused private equity firm.

Our family office heritage combined with career experience, acting as fiduciaries to large institutions, pension funds and endowments; enables a disciplined and well-informed perspective for allocating capital. We endeavour to bring institutional quality diligence, research, governance, and reporting to our stakeholders.

Our firm has a strong appetite for creating positive impact in our communities and underwrites investment opportunities relative to tangible economic, social, and environmental criteria.

Our History

1999 - 2009


Passive LP

highly successful opportunistic growth strategy supporting local real estate managers

2009 - 2013


Active GP

successfully worked out a distressed portfolio of real assets

2013 - 2018


Value-add Strategy

leveraged workout experience and expertise to pursue value-add acquisitions

2017 - Current


Venture Investing

active positions in property or construction related venture companies

2019 - Current


Growing assets

under management with thematic, carefully researched acquisitions and developments

Our Heritage

Ayrshire is a historic county in south-west Scotland, located on the shores of the Firth of Clyde.
Phil Swift (Hopkirk and Wallace Clans) was born in Ayrshire and Ayrshire is also the founding homeland of the Kennedy clan.
All members of our firm have some “special” connection to Scotland. As historians, we appreciate the rich history of Ayrshire and its people. This history captures many values, principles and character traits that we admire and that have influenced our growth as an organization. Here’s just a few that we’d like to share:

We know the value of a dollar.

We’re careful about spending and expect value for money.

Forthright and honest.

We’ll say what we mean, without malice.

Bold.

Scots are brave and courageous.

Practical and down-to-earth.

One side of our personality is very grounded and matter-of-fact. We don’t like pretenses or ‘fake-ness’.

Appreciate the arts.

Scotland has produced more than its fair share of artists, poets, writers & musicians. Scots especially love music, dancing, story-telling and literature.

Hard-working.

Historically this is a country founded and grown on hard work. First farmers and crofters, then heavy industrial plants and shipyards, today it’s finance and service industries.

Know how to have a good time.

Celebrations, dancing, drinking, singing…. we’re expert at these.

Our Logo

The shield and sword

The shield and sword capture our philosophy that the best business practices are focused on growth while carefully managing risk.

The diamonds and fleur-de-lis

The diamonds and fleur-de-lis on top of the shield tie to our five Cultural Elements and Operating Principles. They are also symbolic of perfection, light and life.

The chevron

The chevron captures our belief in discipline – disciplined people, disciplined thought and disciplined action.

The shield and sword

The shield and sword capture our philosophy that the best business practices are focused on growth while carefully managing risk.

The diamonds and fleur-de-lis

The diamonds and fleur-de-lis on top of the shield tie to our five Cultural Elements and Operating Principles. They are also symbolic of perfection, light and life.

The chevron

The chevron captures our belief in discipline – disciplined people, disciplined thought and disciplined action.