About the Event
On Thursday, October 12th at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Calgary, the Fraser Institute will hold its annual Founders’ Award tribute dinner honouring Canada’s greatest business and philanthropic leaders. We are extremely pleased to announce that this year the award will be presented to Mr. Mac Van Wielingen, Founder and Director, ARC Financial Corp., Founder and Former Chairman, ARC Resources Ltd., Chairman, Alberta Investment Management Corporation, and Founder and Chairman, Canadian Centre for Advanced Leadership at the Haskayne School of Business.
The Fraser Institute Founders’ Award, in recognition of its founders T. Patrick Boyle and Michael A. Walker, is the Institute’s highest honour. The award is presented annually to individuals in recognition of their exceptional entrepreneurial achievements, generous philanthropic endeavors and dedication to competitive markets. Past recipients include exemplary Canadians such as The Honourable Brad Wall, Fred Mannix, Ron Mannix, Clive Beddoe, Nancy Southern, Clay Riddell, Hal Kvisle, Allan Markin, Gwyn Morgan, and the late Harley Hotchkiss.
Please join the Fraser Institute in celebrating Mr. Van Wielingen's contributions to Alberta and Canadian business. In previous years, Albertans have been very generous with their support which has been instrumental in ensuring each honouree is celebrated in a manner fitting of their contribution. We hope that this year you will help us continue that tradition.
Registration and Reception: 5:30 - 6:30 PM
Dinner and Presentation: 6:30 - 9:30 PM
Dress Code: Business / Cocktail
To purchase tickets and tables please register or download the purchase form (PDF).
Mac Van Wielingen is a veteran energy executive, private equity investor, director, and philanthropist. Van Wielingen’s unconventional corporate idealism has been developed through extensive experience in building businesses and by his knowledge as a self-described “student of business”.
Van Wielingen is a founder and director of ARC Financial Corp., a founder and former Chair of ARC Resources Ltd., and is Chair and an original director (2007) of the Board of Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo), the fifth largest investment management company in Canada. He is also Founder and Chairman of Viewpoint Capital Corporation, a private family-owned investment company, and President of Viewpoint Foundation, a private charitable foundation. He is a past director of numerous companies in the energy sector, and is active in various capacities in the community and the not-for-profit sector.
Van Wielingen is a strong advocate for advancing business leadership and corporate governance. He has always been a visionary and forceful thinker with an interest in leadership studies, but his efforts became more prominent in response to the 2008-09 financial crisis. This led to his co-founding of the Canadian Centre for Advanced Leadership (CCAL) at the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary in 2012, 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.
Mr. Van Wielingen is an honours graduate of the Ivey School of Business in finance and has also studied post-graduate economics at Harvard University.