MAC VAN WIELINGEN
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
Managing Partner & President
Rob Van Wielingen is President 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.
Scott Smith, CFA
Scott is Managing Partner 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.
KAREN MACDONALD, CPA, CA, FEA
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.
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.
Amin Haji, CFA
Manager, Investment Research & Analytics
As the Manager, Investment Research & Analytics, 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.
Manager, Data Science & Engineering
As Manager, Data Science & Engineering for Viewpoint Investment Partners, Ben is responsible for bringing technological innovations in the data and automation spaces into VIP’s R&D division. His roles include leveraging modern statistical and machine learning techniques to continually strengthen the performance and robustness of VIP’s quantitative models, as well as developing internal automation systems and financial modelling software.
Ben graduated with distinction from the University of Alberta in Engineering and earned the APEGA Past Presidents’ medal. After graduation, Ben gained extensive Cloud development experience managing distributed SCADA systems as the engineering lead for an oil and gas software company. His passion for data science and mathematics led him to Viewpoint, where his foundational beliefs in Bayesian thinking and data driven processes could be applied to create meaningful value in an industry too often plagued by anecdotal evidence and undue risk taking.
Ben is extensively engaged with the local Calgary data communities and cares deeply about transforming Calgary into a globally recognized first class data community. He is co-organizer of Calgary’s python data science community and on the advisory board for Calgary’s R data science community. Ben’s other areas of interest include physics, behavioural science, and history. He takes full advantage of the Rockies, spending his winters backcountry snowboarding and his summers hiking, mountain biking and fly fishing.
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’.
Bretton joined Viewpoint Investment Partners in 2019 and is involved in portfolio and macroeconomic modelling, performance reporting, trading strategy and reconciliation, and macroeconomic research. His interest in financial markets began through exposure to professional athletes earning large sums at young ages, often with little knowledge of capital growth and preservation. With significant data and noise surrounding investors, he is passionate about uncovering patterns and the relationships between assets within portfolios.
Prior to his time at Viewpoint, Bretton was a part of a corporate finance team with a Big 4 accounting firm. His experience included divestiture and capital raising mandates across various sectors, including upstream oil and gas, renewables, technology, and logistics. He also founded his own youth hockey and training company in 2014, which provides instruction to young athletes in both Alberta and Nova Scotia. Bretton is a former professional hockey player, spending five seasons throughout North America and Europe.
Bretton has completed all three levels of the CFA program and graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, majoring in finance. Born in Calgary, but having lived throughout North America and central Europe, he enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, reading, and playing a wide variety of sports.
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.