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Management Team

Qwest Investment Management Corp.

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MAURICE LEVESQUE

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.

 

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JOHN LOEPRICH

John is the Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Qwest Investment Management Corp.,  Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Qwest Investment Fund Management Ltd. and 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).

 

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

Steve is Executive Vice-President, Product Development and Marketing 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.  Steve also does business development of our alternative investment products to family offices, portfolio managers and investment advisors.

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).

 

Don Short

DON SHORT, CFA

Don is the Senior Vice-President and Portfolio Manager for Qwest Investment Management Corp. As portfolio manager for Qwest Investment Fund Management Ltd. 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.

 

GREG OWTTRIM

Greg is Senior Vice-President Business Development 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. He is primarily focused upon family offices, portfolio managers and investment advisors.

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.