Our Team


MAC VAN WIELINGEN
Chairman

Mac is a founder and director of ARC Financial Corp., a founder and former Chair of ARC Resources Ltd, and former Chairman of Alberta Investment Management Corporation. He is also founder and Chairman of Viewpoint Group, a private family-owned company, as well as Chairman of Viewpoint Investment Partners, and President of Viewpoint Foundation, a private charitable foundation. In addition, he is a past director of numerous other companies within the energy sector, and is active in various capacities in the community and the not-for-profit sector. Mac is a co-founder and Chair of the Canadian Centre for Advanced Leadership at the Haskayne School of Business. He is an Honours’ graduate of the Ivey School of Business in finance and has also studied post graduate economics at Harvard University.

To learn more about Mac, visit his website at www.macvw.ca


ROB VAN WIELINGEN, CFA
President & CEO

Rob Van Wielingen is President & CEO of Viewpoint Investment Partners Corporation (VIP). With deep knowledge of systematic investment strategies, Rob manages VIP’s flagship global multi-asset strategy on behalf of institutions, family offices, and UHNW families across Canada and the United States. Rob is passionate about increasing transparency and accessibility for all investors.

Rob has extensive experience in the portfolio management and technology sectors. He has been with Viewpoint Group since 2010, where he manages multi-asset, real estate, energy, alternative, and public market portfolios. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce with Distinction from the University of Victoria, is a CFA Charterholder, and is a registered Portfolio Manager in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, and Saskatchewan.

A born and raised Calgarian, Rob is an avid Flames fan. He has traveled extensively, including a term in Norway in which he studied their renewable energy and oil & gas industries. He also sits on various investee companies and non-profit boards. In his spare time, Rob enjoys running, playing hockey, working on his car, and spending time with his family.


KAREN MACDONALD, CPA, CA, FEA
Director

Karen is a Director of Viewpoint Investment Partners Corporation and provides advisory oversight for all compliance and financial management activities. She is also the Chief Operating Officer of Viewpoint Family Office where she provides management and strategic oversight and leads a team of dedicated professionals who ensure stewardship of private capital.

Karen has been with Viewpoint since 1997, after holding various financial related positions with private equity, manufacturing and accounting firms. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting from the University of Alberta, is a Chartered Accountant, and a Family Enterprise Advisor.

Karen grew up surrounded by entrepreneurs and has always had a keen interest in helping business families. She is a director of various private entities and enjoys being involved in the community. Along with her involvement on the Canadian Family Office Forum steering committee, she is a member of the Management Advisory Committee at the University of Calgary Haskayne School of Business, and volunteers at the Calgary Distress Centre. She has worked as a volunteer and a director of various not-for-profit organizations such as the DI Centre, Inn from the Cold, Fernie Alpine Ski Team and Westside Recreation Centre. Karen loves the outdoors and enjoys her time skiing, cycling and hiking with family and friends.


Scott Smith, CFA
Chief Operating Officer & Chief Compliance Officer 

Scott is Chief Operating Officer & Chief Compliance Officer at Viewpoint Investment Partners. He is responsible for leading the development of the macro research behind the Firm's models as it relates to Viewpoint’s relative value and momentum factors. As a regular contributor to news and media outlets such as Reuters, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, BNN, CTV, and the Canadian Press, Scott’s deep expertise in foreign exchange and global financial markets is instrumental in developing disciplined, rules-based, innovative portfolios that deliver value for Viewpoint’s investors.

Prior to joining the Viewpoint team in the winter of 2016, Scott worked in the foreign exchange risk management industry, focusing on risk mitigation strategies for corporations. Scott holds a Bachelor of Commerce with Distinction from the University of Victoria, is a CFA charterholder, and is a registered Portfolio Manager in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, and Saskatchewan.

Scott grew up in Victoria, B.C. and enjoys the proximity of Calgary to the Rocky Mountains as an avid snowboarder.  Scott has traveled extensively throughout his career, including studying abroad in Austria for a portion of his university education. Scott is passionate about investment management, particularly in regards to behavioural economics, as well as increasing transparency and enhancing investor education. 


KEITH MCLEAN, CFA, MBA
Executive Vice-President

Keith is Executive Vice-President of Viewpoint Investment Partners Corporation (VIP). He brings over 25 years of investment management, strategy development, and entrepreneurial experience to VIP. Keith uses his varied skills to drive business development at VIP, while supporting other aspects of the business. He is passionate about building and delivering innovative and valuable investment management solutions.

Keith has held senior investment and executive positions with several leading Canadian investment management businesses. His direct investment expertise across several asset classes supports the development of investment solutions and strategies. He holds a BA from Western University, an MBA from Dalhousie University, is a CFA Charterholder, and is a registered Portfolio Manager across Canada.

Despite building a career on Bay Street, Keith remains a proud New Brunswicker who spends much of his free time with friends and family in the Maritimes. His love of travel was reinforced by many years travelling globally as an investment analyst that took him to every corner of the globe. When he is not enjoying time with his wife and sons or walking his dog, he enjoys reading, golf, skiing, and playing almost any team sport. 


DJ FRENCH
Senior Vice-President

DJ is Senior Vice-President of Viewpoint Investment Partners Corporation (VIP). He brings 25 years of financial services sales and marketing experience and is responsible for leading the distribution effort across Canada.

Prior to joining VIP, DJ held senior sales positions with leading investment management firms in both Canada and the United States. DJ attended UNB (First Class Honours, International Relations), Dalhousie University’s MPA program, and McGill University Executive Institute’s Mini MBA program. Additionally, he holds the following industry designations: CSC, PFP, CPH and FINRA Series 7, 6, 63 licenses.

DJ is a proud Maritimer and for the past 20 years, he and his talented pastry chef wife, Leslie, have spent time living and working in Halifax, Toronto, Philadelphia, and New York. He has a passion for family and friends, unique investment ideas, travel, real-estate investing, golf, the Boston Redsox, and the New England Patriots.


Amin Haji, CFA
Senior Vice-President, Investment Research

As the Senior VP, Investment Research, Amin is responsible for combining fundamental investment principles with quantitative methods to develop and improve VIP's systematic investment strategies. His roles include directing VIP’s investment process, identifying new opportunities for innovation and improvement, and applying a risk-centric, holistic approach to portfolio management. Amin is passionate about transparency and alignment in capital markets and takes pride in moving conceptual ideas and robust research into actionable portfolios for VIP’s investors.

Amin has been part of the Viewpoint team since 2016 and has gained experience in a variety of roles within the organization. He graduated from the Haskayne School of Business with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Finance. Amin is also a CFA Charterholder and a registered Portfolio Manager in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, and Saskatchewan. During his time in university, he gained experience in investment analysis and portfolio management as a member of the Calgary Portfolio Management Trust (CPMT).

Amin is a born and raised Calgarian and has many areas of interest including personal finance, exercise science and nutrition, and behavioural psychology. He hopes to travel the world and experience all that its different cultures have to offer – especially through sport and cuisine.


Ben reeves
Senior Vice-President, Data Science & Engineering

Ben leads VIP’s computer engineering team and is responsible for bringing technological innovations in the data science and fintech spaces into our R&D division. He leverages the modern advancements in the fields of machine learning and AI to continually strengthen the performance and robustness of VIP’s quantitative models and execution platforms.

Ben gained extensive experience building and managing distributed software and data processing systems in the IoT space after graduating with distinction from the University of Alberta in Engineering. He transitioned to finance after deeply connecting with the philosophy and vision of Viewpoint to build a better investing experience.

As Co-Founder of the YYC Data Society, he is passionate about bringing his love of data science and analytics to Calgary’s technology ecosystem and strengthening the Alberta economy. When he’s not in the backcountry of the Canadian Rockies, you can find him in the Calgary community, organizing events and connecting data professionals, enthusiasts, and entrepreneurs.


Kari Lancaster
Manager, Investor Relations & Administration

Kari is the Manager, Investor Relations & Administration for Viewpoint Investment Partners, and is responsible for the investor-related communication, management, and administration for the office. As the main point of contact for Viewpoint’s clientele, she cultivates and strengthens client relationships by representing Viewpoint’s values of excellence and authenticity. Additionally, she oversees the day-to-day operations of the office, while developing and improving the administrative policies and procedures. She enjoys the collaborative and nurturing environment provided at Viewpoint, which has allowed her to work on projects in many areas of the company over the years.

Prior to joining Viewpoint in 2016, Kari developed her administrative skills in various industries, including the legal, human resources, and executive search fields. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Calgary, specializing in deviance and social control.

A native Calgarian, Kari loves spending time with her family and friends, and traveling to exotic places. She also enjoys hiking or snowshoeing in the mountains, depending on the season.


PAULA SEXSMITH, DMS
Manager, Investment Operations

Paula is the Manager of Investment Operations for Viewpoint Investment Partners and is responsible for trading, compliance, settlements, and maintaining counterparty relationships.  Additionally, Paula aids in oversight of portfolio accounting and reporting.

With over 20 years of investment industry experience after having worked in various roles at three local investment fund managers, and the last 15 years spent as a cross-asset Trader, Paula directed her strengths to found the Prairie Securities Traders Association in 2016 where she sits as President.  To ensure she can keep members current and for the Prairies to have a voice at a national level, Paula is presently sitting as Vice Chairman on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Security Traders Association.  In addition, Paula participates on the Security Traders Association (USA) Affiliate Member Committee and their Asset Management Working Group.

Born and raised in Calgary, when not networking or keeping current on capital markets, Paula has a broad selection of hobbies from quilting and gardening to cars and sporting clays.  She is slowly diversifying towards the cherished moniker of ‘Crazy Cat Lady’.


Andrew Sullivan
Software Engineer

saad taimoor
Full-Stack Software Engineer

Andrew is a full-stack Software Engineer for Viewpoint Investment Partners (VIP). He is an advocate of the transformative power of technology and the impact it will have on how VIP provides transparency to our investors. Positioned at the convergence of software and finance, Andrew works to drive operational efficiency and consistency through automation, while embracing data science to expose new methodologies for financial analysis.

Andrew graduated with distinction from the University of Calgary in Engineering. Prior to starting with VIP, he gained valuable experience working for a software company in the energy industry. During his time there, he was immersed in the development and support of cloud-based, multi-tenant SaaS software solutions, and consulted on projects that spanned across the entire systems development life cycle. With a lifelong passion for learning, Andrew constantly pushes to stay at the forefront of technological evolution. He strongly subscribes to the school of thought that innovation is fostered in environments that encourage collaboration and where communication is thought of as a dialogue, rather than a monologue. He enjoys opportunities to share knowledge and has presented at local software conferences.

Born in Winnipeg, Andrew moved to Calgary at a young age and now considers it home. He has travelled extensively around the world, including trips throughout South East Asia, Central America, and Europe. He also participated in a group study program in Shantou, China, working alongside local students in an entrepreneurial program with courses focusing on renewable energy and sustainable design. Andrew enjoys staying active, and spends his free time playing basketball, skiing, hiking, and mountain biking.


Saad is a Full-Stack Software Engineer for VIP, assisting in the development of cutting edge financial software for client use and research purposes. He graduated from the University of Alberta with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. After working in the oil fields for a few years, he began to research and advance his skills in development until fully transitioning into software engineering, where he assisted in the development of large-scale corporate software for two years prior to joining VIP.

Originally from Pakistan, Saad moved to Edmonton at age four, where he spent his formative years. He then moved to Saudi Arabia for his high school years, before returning to study at the University of Alberta. In his spare time, Saad enjoys playing video games, watching TV shows, reading, escape rooms, and hiking.


madi murray, mba
Analyst

Madi is an Analyst with Viewpoint Investment Partners. Her main function is to support Viewpoint’s research and investment teams, relating to macro research, quantitative investment strategies, policy, and the economy.

Prior to joining Viewpoint in the winter of 2020, Madi completed a six-month internship with ARC Financial Corp. She holds an MBA with a specialization in finance from the Haskayne School of Business and an undergraduate degree from Yale University, where she was a four-year member of the Varsity Women’s Ice Hockey team. She also gained leadership and entrepreneurial experience working for her family business in the automotive industry.

Born and raised in Alberta, Madi’s hobbies include golfing, reading, collecting vinyl, and spending time with her family.


STEVE LARGE, PhD
Data Scientist

As a Data Scientist with Viewpoint Investment Partners (VIP), Steve is involved in building and quantitatively evaluating investment strategies. Coming from a technical background, Steve is highly motivated to rigorously apply mathematical, data-centric methodologies to the financial technologies industry and, in his transition away from academia, ultimately found himself strongly aligned with the investment philosophies of VIP.

Steve recently completed his PhD in Physics from Simon Fraser University in B.C., where he worked in the field of nonequilibrium physics and stochastic processes as they apply to biology at the microscopic scale. Having gained a breadth of experience in wrangling noisy data, he made the transition to the financial sector due to his strong interest in understanding the fluctuations and complexity inherent in financial markets.

Steve grew up in Victoria, B.C. and enjoys spending time in the outdoors, running, rock climbing, and hiking. He is also passionate about science and, in his spare time, he can be found catching up with the cutting-edge developments in the world of physics.