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Portfolio Managers &
Management Team

Qwest Investment Fund Management Ltd.

 

Don Short

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.

Don holds two bachelor degrees (with distinction) from the University of Calgary in Commerce and Computer Science, and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

 

GLENN MACNEILL

Glenn is a Portfolio Manager of Qwest Investment Fund Management Ltd.

Glenn has more than 35 years of investment management experience.  This experience comprises managing a number of mining, resource and flow through limited partnerships including managing mining and resource funds for Sentry Investments and nine years as portfolio manager for Sentry Investments’ NCE flow through limited partnerships.

Glenn recently joined Qwest Investment Fund Management Ltd. (QIFM) as Portfolio Manager for the Probity Mining 2016 Short Duration Flow-Through Limited Partnership.  Prior to joining QIFM, Glenn served as a portfolio manager for Pangaea Asset Management Inc., and as a Managing Director and portfolio manager for Bennington Investment Management.  Glenn has also been Chief Investment Officer and senior portfolio manager at Lawrence Asset Management Inc. (LAMI) where he managed two income and growth funds as well as a global resource fund. Glenn spent several years at Sentry Investments where he was responsible for Sentry’s Investment Group and the portfolio manager of mining and resource funds.  While at Sentry Investment Glenn spent nine years managing and investing the NCE flow through limited partnerships. Further experience includes being an Energy Equity Analyst with Scotia Capital Markets and HSBC Securities, where he covered integrated oil companies and a selection of petroleum companies, and six years as a portfolio manager with Imperial Life / Laurentian Financial Inc. where he managed several mineral and mining royalty positions.

Glenn is a Professional Engineer and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Glenn has been a regular contributor to BNN, GlobeinvestorGold and various other media about trends in the resource industry and investment issues in general.

 

MESSALINA LAU, CPA, CGA

Messalina is the Chief Financial Officer, Qwest Funds Corp., Director, Finance, Qwest Investment Fund Management Ltd. and Controller for Qwest Investment Management Corp. and Heritage Bancorp Ltd.,  and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of finance, operations and tax reporting.
In the past, Messalina worked in a number of accounting roles for both private businesses and in public practice.
Messalina is a Certified General Accountant and a graduate of the British Columbia Institute of Technology (Bachelor of Technology in Accounting). Messalina is a member of Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia.

 

STEPHEN J. KANGAS, CPA, CA, CFA, CAIA

Steve is Executive Vice-President, Product and Distribution Specialist at Qwest Investment Management Corp. and Qwest Investment Fund Management Ltd. and is responsible for new product initiatives including due diligence on investment managers and structuring of investment offerings.

With Almost 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, including public accounting, banking and asset management, Steve has developed and marketed investment products including hedge funds and closed-end funds.

After completing his MBA, Steve began his tenure in the Canadian investment industry with Midland Walwyn Capital (now CIBC Wood Gundy) where he was the firm’s investment fund analyst responsible for due diligence and recommendation on all investment funds offered by the firm.  As a subject matter expert, Steve was often quoted in the Canadian financial press and appeared on BNN.  Steve was also an investment fund analyst at BMO Nesbitt Burns and TD Canada Trust.

Steve was also President & CEO of hedge fund manager, BluMont Capital Inc. a publicly-listed company that structured hedge fund offerings.  Blumont had over $750 million of assets under management when Steve left to work with Manulife Financial.

At Manulife, Steve worked as head of Products Management for Manulife Asset Management and then for Manulife Capital Markets, designed and launched three listed closed-end funds raising almost $500 million.

Steve is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant, Chartered Financial Analyst and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst. He is also a graduate of the University of Waterloo (Bachelor of Economics) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Master of Business Administration).

 

GREG OWTTRIM

Greg is Vice-President Product Specialist at Qwest Investment Management Corp. and Qwest Investment Fund Management Ltd.  His responsibilities include product due diligence, brand awareness and the distribution of non-correlated investment product with specialized emphasis in real estate and other uncorrelated wealth diversification strategies.  Greg has more than 25 years of combined private and public sector experience. He is an alumnus of Athol Murray College of Notre Dame and Concordia University. In 2000 he was awarded the Registered Financial Consultant designation and in 2010 Greg earned a certificate in value investing from the Ben Graham Centre for Value Investing at the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. Greg has previously held senior management, executive and director positions within the distribution and asset management segments of the investment and financial services industries in Canada. Past professional experience includes the co-founding and executive management of a Venture Capital Corporation based in Ontario, Canada and subsequently co-establishing a publicly listed Capital Corporation with the Venture Exchange of the Toronto Stock Exchange. A background in law enforcement, securities regulation, compliance and corporate governance continues to assist Greg in his present capacity.