MAC VAN WIELINGEN
FOUNDER AND CHAIR, VIEWPOINT GROUP
Mac Van Wielingen is a veteran energy executive, private equity investor, corporate director, and philanthropist, and has been called “Calgary’s corporate radical” for his progressive thinking and unique grasp of corporate leadership, strategy and human behaviour. His visionary, yet unconventional corporate idealism has been developed through extensive experience in building and directing businesses and by his knowledge as a self-described “student of business leadership.” As the Founder and Chair of Viewpoint Group, his role is to oversee the entire team, and offer support, guidance, and thought leadership. He embodies the values that Viewpoint was built on, and his vision continues to underpin and guide the team. Within the office, Mac spends his time primarily in two areas: Viewpoint Investment Partners and Viewpoint Research Partners.
Mac is a Founding Partner of the Creative Destruction Lab and is the Vice Chair and Founding Member of the Business Council of Alberta. Currently Mac serves on the Board of Directors for the Institute for Corporate Directors (2018 - Present). In addition, Mac recently ended his term as Chair (2014 - 2017) of the Board of Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo), where he joined as an original director in 2007. AIMCo is the fifth largest investment management company in Canada managing approximately $100 billion on behalf of 32 endowment, pension and government funds in The Province of Alberta. Mac's role at AIMCo is supported by his longstanding reputation in the Alberta community as an entrepreneurial investor and company builder.
Mac’s knowledge, expertise, and primary experience is the product of over 35 years in the financial and energy sectors. He is a Founder, Director (1989 - 2018), and Partner (Present) of ARC Financial Corporation, the largest private equity investment management company in Canada focused on the energy sector with approximately $5.8 billion of capital under management. ARC Financial has invested in over 180 businesses, with ownership control in most, providing Mac with a unique foundation of experience and understanding relating to the challenges and realities of building businesses.
Mac is also a Founder and former Chair (1996-2016) of ARC Resources Ltd., a leading company in Canada’s oil and gas sector which has a current market capitalization of approximately $5 billion. In 2015 and 2016, while Mac was Chairman of the Board, ARC Resources was ranked #1 in Brendan Wood International’s Shareholder Confidence Index in the Energy and Power Group, and was selected as the TopGun Board of the Year. ARC Resources remains recognized as a top Board, ranking among the top 1% of 1400 companies surveyed globally by Brendan Wood International in 2017. In addition, the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance selected ARC Resources as the 2016 recipient of the Governance Gavel Award, presented for the Best Disclosure of Corporate Governance and Executive Compensation Practices.
In addition to the above, Mac has served as a director for approximately 15 different companies in the energy sector and is active in various capacities in the community and not-for-profit sector.
While Mac has always been a visionary and forceful thinker with an interest in leadership studies, his efforts became more focused and prominent in response to the 2008-09 financial crisis. In 2010 Mac felt compelled to establish a centre (Viewpoint Research Partners) committed to exploring the challenges around long-term business success, and the reconceptualization of the role of the board in business leadership. In addition, in 2012, Van Wielingen co-founded the Canadian Centre for Advanced Leadership (CCAL) at the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary, where he continues to serve as Chair of the External Advisory Group. His lifelong passion for learning and sharing keeps him actively involved in speaking engagements, writing pursuits and community events, with the goal of advancing dialogue and catalyzing positive change among directors and business leaders. Van Wielingen has participated in over 70 speaking engagements, has published two articles with the Conference Board of Canada (2015; 2017) which explore “The Evolving Role of the Corporate Board”, and more recently, began hosting educational director roundtable sessions.
Mac is an honours graduate of the Ivey School of Business in finance and has studied post-graduate economics at Harvard University. While Mac is as busy as ever, when he is not working, he is spending time with his wife, Susan, and their children and grandchildren. He also enjoys travelling, golfing, and reading.