Meet Our Team

About us

The Fund is managed by Investment Partners Fund Inc., an independent money management firm based in Ottawa with clients across Canada.  Using a fundamental, value-based approach to equity investment with a dynamic risk management overlay, we seek to build and protect the wealth of our investors.

Since launching in October 2009, we have produced solid returns while reducing risk and avoiding extreme swings due to market volatility. 

We have put together a strong team of highly skilled professionals who work with our portfolio managers, providing executive leadership, sales support and marketing.

Our teams' sole focus is our clients and helping them build a better financial future.

We are a passionate, energetic group

TWe have a strong team of highly skilled professionals who work with our portfolio manager, providing executive leadership, sales support and marketing.

We only work with good people.

Philip Smith

Portfolio Manager

Philip has been active in global financial markets for almost 25 years. He spent over a decade with J.P.Morgan & Co., structuring and trading risk management products across a variety of asset classes.  He subsequently managed macro and commodities strategies as an asset manager and fund-of-funds manager. 

Philip was also a founding investor in BetaPro Management, which eventually became Horizons Exchange-Traded Funds and grew to over $5 billion in assets under management. 

Philip earned a Bachelor of Economics from Mount Allison University in 1989 and a graduate degree from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, in Washington, DC, in 1991. 613-688-3857

Chris Tester

Vice President, Business Development

Chris is responsible for managing the firm's relationships. Prior to joining the IP Fund, Chris founded Coffee Booster, where he is still actively President.  He has an accomplished career in Sales & Marketing, helping businesses from startups to big business.

Chris earned a Bachelor of International Business from Carleton University (2010).  587-888-2685

James Maxwell


James brings an impressive business and entrepreneurial background to Investment Partners Fund Inc. (IPF), including successfully building a large automotive distributor in Central and Southern Ontario. James retired as Chairman of Max Auto in April 2014.

James has spent his career assisting business owners in achieving their financial goals.

He is also active in the community with a number of philanthropic interests. James earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Bishops University (1985). 613-800-8969

Leslie Wittenberg

Fund Administrator

Leslie is an accomplished manager and director with over 20 years' experience in the defense, transportation, and financial services industries.

Leslie has two bachelor degrees from the University of Ottawa, in Business Administration and Commerce/Marketing  613-688-3858 x276

Alex Singh


Alex Singh is a senior investment professional with a multifaceted legal background experienced in alternatives asset management. Alex has led, co-led, or managed the build of alternative asset management businesses in private equity, hedge, and private credit while with Acasta Enterprises, Acasta Capital, and West Face Capital. These roles have spanned investing, legal, tax, and operations, While at West Face, Alex was chosen by his peers as “Tomorrow’s Leader” at the Canadian General Counsel Awards in 2013.

Alex previously practiced corporate and securities law at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, has a J.D. from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University, and a B.Comm. from McGill University. Alex is a board member of the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, the Global Experts Panel at McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management, and of Upper Canada College’s Association Council. 416-268-6454

Cyril Leeder


Cyril Leeder, FCAP, FCA – Cyril was one of the original founders of the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club and was with the team for 27 years in various capacities including COO and President.

He is well known in Ottawa business circles and received the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce 2008 Business Person of the Year Award and Tourism Leader of the Year Award in 2006. In 2017, he has also bestowed The Order of Ottawa from Mayor Jim Watson and the City of Ottawa.

Cyril is a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario and earned his Bachelor of Commerce degree, Summa Cum Laude, from McMaster University. He sits on the Boards of The Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, Hydro Ottawa, Ottawa Community Foundation, and McMaster University. 

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