Our Team


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
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, and Ontario.

A born and raised Calgarian, Rob is an avid Flames fan. He has travelled 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
Managing Partner 

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 form the University of Victoria and is a CFA charterholder.

Scott grew up in Victoria, B.C. and enjoys the proximity of Calgary to the Rocky Mountains as an avid snowboarder.  Scott has travelled extensively through 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
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.


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.


Amin Haji
Manager, Investment Research & Analytics

Amin joined Viewpoint Investment Partners in early 2016 and is responsible for the development and maintenance of Viewpoint's value and momentum factor models, as well as new idea generation, strategy testing, fund manager evaluation, and performance reporting. Being immersed in financial market data and fund manager performance on a daily basis, Amin strongly believes that markets are micro-efficient but macro-inefficient, and he takes pride in moving conceptual ideas and robust research into actionable portfolios for Viewpoint's investors.

Amin graduated from the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Finance. 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 has passed all three levels in the CFA program.

Amin is a born and raised Calgarian who has a passion for investment and finance and is intrigued by the ways in which investor behaviour affect markets. He hopes to travel the world and experience all that its different cultures have to offer - especially through their architecture and cuisine. In his spare time, Amin loves watching and playing soccer. He is also a recreational martial arts practitioner.


Ben reeves
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.


Bretton Stamler
Investment Analyst

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 Sullivan
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.

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
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, and Ontario.

A born and raised Calgarian, Rob is an avid Flames fan. He has travelled 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
Managing Partner 

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 form the University of Victoria and is a CFA charterholder.

Scott grew up in Victoria, B.C. and enjoys the proximity of Calgary to the Rocky Mountains as an avid snowboarder.  Scott has travelled extensively through 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
Director

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 most recently graduated from the Family Enterprise Advisor program.

Karen grew up in Edmonton surrounded by entrepreneurs and has always had a keen interest in helping families manage their financial and human capital. Karen loves to be involved in her community and is a past and current volunteer for various not-for-profit organizations. She is currently a director and secretary for the Fernie Alpine Ski Team and was a past director of Westside Recreation Centre. Karen loves to stay active, enjoying the outdoors and spending as much time as possible skiing, cycling, and hiking with her husband and three sons.


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.


Amin Haji
Manager, Investment Research & Analytics

Amin joined Viewpoint Investment Partners in early 2016 and is responsible for the development and maintenance of Viewpoint's value and momentum factor models, as well as new idea generation, strategy testing, fund manager evaluation, and performance reporting. Being immersed in financial market data and fund manager performance on a daily basis, Amin strongly believes that markets are micro-efficient but macro-inefficient, and he takes pride in moving conceptual ideas and robust research into actionable portfolios for Viewpoint's investors.

Amin graduated from the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Finance. 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 has passed all three levels in the CFA program.

Amin is a born and raised Calgarian who has a passion for investment and finance and is intrigued by the ways in which investor behaviour affect markets. He hopes to travel the world and experience all that its different cultures have to offer - especially through their architecture and cuisine. In his spare time, Amin loves watching and playing soccer. He is also a recreational martial arts practitioner.


Ben reeves
Manager, Data Science & Engineering

As a Manager, Data Science & Engineering for Viewpoint Investment Partners, Ben creates internal automation systems and financial modelling software.  His additional roles include performing statistical and quantitative analysis for the research side and developing data-driven and machine learning trading algorithms.

Before joining Viewpoint, Ben managed and developed cloud SCADA software systems after obtaining his engineering degree from the University of Alberta. When he's away from the office, you can find Ben on the slopes, on the river, or engaging with the local tech community through meetups and hackathons.