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Officers and Board of Directors

Maurice

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.

 

Maurice

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., 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

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 WARKENTIN

Glenn is Corporate Secretary for Qwest Investment Management Corp.  Glenn is also a Partner at Shea Nerland LLP.

For over 25 years, Glenn has worked with public issuers, closely held corporations, limited partnerships and trusts providing advice and direction regarding corporate structure, corporate reorganizations, regulatory compliance and capital raising.

Glenn received his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Alberta and was called to the Bar in 1990. Glenn also received Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Western Washington University.

 

Daryl Gilbert

DARYL H. GILBERT, P.ENG

Daryl is a Director for Qwest Investment Management Corp. Daryl is a professional petroleum engineer and is the former President and CEO of Gilbert Laustsen Jung Associates Ltd, now GLJ Petroleum Consultants Ltd., a major independent petroleum evaluation consulting firm based in Calgary. After a 26 year career at GLJ, he retired from the professional consulting field in early 2005.

Daryl is currently a Managing Director of JOG Capital Inc., a private equity energy investment management firm. He also serves as a director of several energy related public entities including Penn West Petroleum Ltd. and AltaGas Ltd.

Daryl is a member of the Association of Petroleum Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta, the Society of Petroleum Engineering and the Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers.

 

Steve

STEPHEN P. MCCOACH, CPA, CA

Stephen is a Director for Qwest Investment Management Corp. Stephen is also the Chairman of Knightswood Financial Corp., a publicly traded merchant banking company. Stephen also holds the positions of Chairman and Director of Trilogy Bancorp. Ltd., a venture capital and merchant banking company formed in 1989. Additionally, Stephen is a founder and/or director of several private and publicly traded companies in a variety of industries.

Stephen received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Simon Fraser University and became a chartered accountant with KPMG. Stephen is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and the British Columbia Institute of Chartered Accountants.

In Stephen’s spare time he enjoys boating and travelling.