InstarAGF to acquire 50 pct stake in Creative Energy

InstarAGF Asset Management has agreed to acquire a 50 percent interest in Creative Energy, a Vancouver-based community energy solutions provider. No financial terms were disclosed for the deal, which will see InstarAGF partner with the company to develop, finance, renew and manage energy infrastructure in urban settings. Founded in 1968, Creative Energy owns and operates one of Canada’s largest district energy networks in downtown Vancouver, and is developing similar systems for additional neighbourhoods in the Greater Vancouver Area and Toronto. InstarAGF invested through InstarAGF Essential Infrastructure Fundwhich raised $740 million last year.

Update: The Globe and Mail reports InstarAGF will pay $50 million for the stake in Creative Energy.


InstarAGF Essential Infrastructure Fund Partners with Creative Energy

Partnership will establish a growing district energy platform

TORONTO, Feb. 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — InstarAGF Asset Management Inc. (“InstarAGF”) today announced that the InstarAGF Essential Infrastructure Fund has agreed to acquire a 50% equity interest in Creative Energy (“Creative Energy”), a leader in innovative community energy solutions, and form a partnership to develop, finance, renew and manage urban energy infrastructure. Creative Energy owns and operates one of the largest district energy networks in Canada in downtown Vancouver, and is currently developing similar systems for additional neighbourhoods in the Greater Vancouver Area and Toronto.

Creative Energy’s growing network has a 50-year operating history with 14 kilometres of distribution pipes serving more than 210 buildings in downtown Vancouver. Creative Energy’s development pipeline includes more than $150 million in new projects at Oakridge in Vancouver, Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver and Mirvish Village in Toronto, which incorporate a range of technologies, including cooling and cooling heat recovery, ocean exchange, geoexchange, and combined heat and power. Creative Energy is well positioned to grow and deliver similar energy solutions for communities elsewhere in Canada and the United States.

InstarAGF, which focuses on mid-sized infrastructure assets in North America in the energy, utilities, civil and social infrastructure sectors, manages a portfolio of high quality businesses that include the 30-megawatt Okanagan Wind power facility in British Columbia, and an interest in the passenger terminal at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, a vital transportation hub for the city of Toronto and surrounding region.

“We are delighted to partner with Creative Energy to provide efficient, reliable and sustainable energy to urban communities,” said Gregory J. Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer of InstarAGF. “District energy systems offer the potential for cities to localize and transform their energy infrastructure, which improves resiliency, lowers costs and reduces greenhouse gas emissions while helping to retain capital within the community. In our experience, critical infrastructure such as district energy is a vital driver of economic growth and long-term community prosperity.”

“Creative Energy strives to deliver innovative infrastructure solutions that address the energy and emissions challenges of a growing city,” said Trent Berry, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Creative Energy. “Working alongside the experienced InstarAGF team, we look forward to further modernizing and enhancing our current district energy footprint and to expanding our portfolio to other North American communities. Creative Energy is ideally positioned to help cities renew or build energy infrastructure that supports urban growth while enhancing sustainability and livability for citizens and future generations.”

InstarAGF’s investment in Creative Energy’s existing regulated district energy business is subject to approval by the British Columbia Utilities Commission.

About InstarAGF Asset Management
Launched in 2014, InstarAGF is an independent alternative asset management firm with an emphasis on North American middle-market opportunities in the infrastructure sector and other alternative real asset categories. InstarAGF, which makes direct investments and co-investments with like-minded investors and strategic partners, is a joint venture between Instar Group Inc., a company owned by Gregory J. Smith, and AGF Management Limited, one of Canada’s largest independent investment management firms. For more information:

About Creative Energy
Creative Energy is a Vancouver, British Columbia-based neighbourhood energy utility company made up of city builders, energy innovators and creative thinkers. With more than 50 years of operating experience, Creative Energy is creating flexible, low carbon neighbourhood energy systems across the Greater Vancouver Area and in Toronto, and is poised for growth elsewhere in North America. For more information about Creative Energy, visit

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For More Information:

Ashley Smith
Communications Manager
InstarAGF Asset Management Inc.
Tel: (416) 865-4181

Photo courtesy of Creative Energy