Board of Directors
Qwest Investment Fund Management Ltd.
Mr. Levesque has over 30 years of experience in the Canadian financial industry. Under his leadership, he continues to lead his team in identifying product development and business partnering opportunities. In his career, Mr. Levesque has directly and indirectly facilitated transactions of approximately $1 billion.
Mr. Levesque is a founder, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Qwest Investment Management Corp. (“QIM”), a Canadian financial services and asset management company which continues to attract key leadership to the team to continue the company’s successful business growth. He is also the Chairman, CEO and Chief Compliance Officer of Qwest Investment Fund Management Ltd. (“QIFM”), a 100% wholly owned subsidiary of QIM. Mr. Levesque leads QIFM’s corporate governance operations and the company is registered as an investment fund manager, a portfolio manager and an exempt market dealer. Currently, these companies provide services and products which include mutual funds, limited partnerships, income trusts, REITs and alternative yield products.
Mr. Levesque is a founder and/or a director of several private companies which operate in a wide variety of industries. He is a director and an officer of Imperial Ginseng Products Ltd., Canada’s only publicly traded ginseng farming company with operations in Ontario. He is also a director and President of Knightswood Financial Corp., a specialized financial service company providing private companies with a solution to raise capital from registered plans. Most recently, Mr. Levesque was appointed Chairman of the board of directors for Associated National Brokerage Inc./Griffin Skye Corporation.
Mr. Levesque is driven by his entrepreneurial spirit and desire to build a winning team of valued people. He continues to seek knowledge and understanding and graduated from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology with a diploma in Administration Management. He is a member of the Private Capital Markets Association of Canada.
John is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Qwest Investment Management Corp., Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Qwest Investment Fund Management Ltd. and is Executive Vice President and Director of Qwest Funds Corp. and is responsible for overseeing all the aspects of operations, finance and tax reporting. John will also be providing leadership for the continuation of the growth of the company through strategic business development.
John brings over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, ranging from public accounting to finance and operations with multi-national corporations to finance and sales and marketing and strategic planning with a number of investment management firms.
John started his investment industry tenure at Fidelity Investments where he became Chief Financial Officer before starting his own business specializing in assisting companies launch themselves into the mutual fund market.
Prior to Qwest John was a partner and head of the Private Client Division at Hillsdale Investment Management, responsible for Sales & Marketing to investment advisors and high net worth individuals. During his time at Hillsdale the firm assets grew from $12 million to over $500 million.
John is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified General Accountant and a graduate of the University of Waterloo (Bachelor of Mathematics).
DON SHORT, CFA
Don is the Senior Vice-President and Portfolio Manager and a Director of Qwest Investment Fund Management Ltd.
As portfolio manager, Don is responsible for leading his Calgary-based portfolio management team in the research, analysis and selection of oil and gas investment opportunities for our natural resource sector focused flow-through offerings and mutual funds.
Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Don has focused his professional investment career on Calgary’s oil and gas industry since the early 1990’s.
Prior to joining Qwest, Don managed his oil and gas sector investment funds at Origin Capital Management Ltd., a company he founded in 2006. Don’s other positions included: a principal of Core Partners Inc., a business advisory services company; an oil and gas research analyst at Raymond James Ltd; an institutional sales and investment analyst at FirstEnergy; and an oil and gas business analyst at Northridge Canada Inc.
Victor is Senior Vice-President, Mutual Funds and a Director of Qwest Investment Fund Management Ltd., a 100% wholly owned subsidiary of Qwest Investment Management Corp.
Victor is also the Chief Executive Officer of AlphaDelta Management Corp., an affiliate partner of Qwest Investment Fund Management Ltd.
Victor has been involved in the financial services industry since 1988 holding executive roles in some of the largest investment management firms in the world. He served as Vice President, Director for AGF / 2020 Group of Funds (Canada’s third largest mutual fund company), Executive Vice-President, Canada and Director Global Institutional Group for Brandes Investment Partners Ltd. (a global investment management firm), President and CEO Therrien Wood & Co. (an investment council portfolio manager and limited market dealer) and Vice President (Ontario) Richardson Partners Financial (Canada’s sixth largest brokerage firm).
Victor has held positions on several executive committees, investment oversight committee and long-term strategic planning and product development committees. During his tenure, Victor has launched over twenty mutual funds and investment unit trusts. In addition, Victor is a board member of AlphaDelta Management Corp., Qwest Investment Funds Management Ltd. and Qwest Funds Corp.