Founding Partners

  • John Sterling
    John SterlingBA, MBA
    Executive Chairman, Portfolio Manager & Founding Partner

    John Sterling is the Executive Chairman and Founding Partner of ROI Capital and leads the commercial lending team. Mr. Sterling co-founded the predecessor entities of ROI Capital in 2002. His significant experience in investment management extends across a broad range of industries using senior, junior and equity instruments. In previous positions, he served as director with the Bank of Montreal Capital Corporation from 1998 to 2001, where he was part of a group that structured and managed the $200-million Small Business Capital Fund; he also was Manager of subordinated debt at the Business Development Bank of Canada. Mr. Sterling has held positions in system engineering, sales and management in the technology sector. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from the University of Alberta and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario (Ivey). Mr. Sterling sits on the Board of Pinewood Toronto Studios, ROI Fund and CASCU Credit Union.

  • Fernando Cipriano
    Fernando CiprianoBA, B.Comm., B.Ed
    Founding Partner

    Fernando Cipriano is Founding Partner of ROI Capital and leads the sales and marketing team of the Manager. Mr. Cipriano served as Vice President of Institutional Asset Management of a venture capital fund manager and was responsible for marketing, brand awareness, strategic alliances and the development and structuring of institutional product offerings. From August 1998 to August 2001, he was employed with top-tier mutual fund company, Fidelity Investments, where he held senior positions in retail and institutional relationship management. In 2002, Mr. Cipriano co-founded the predecessor entities of ROI Capital. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Commerce as well as a Bachelor of Education from the University of Windsor.

  • Wilfred Vos
    Wilfred VosBcs, CFP, FMA, CIM, FCSI, DMS, CBV, MBA, CFA
    President, Portfolio Manager & Founding Partner

    Wilfred Vos is a Portfolio Manager, Founding Partner and President of ROI Capital and is responsible for the strategic direction and day-to-day operations of ROI Capital. Mr. Vos is responsible for product development and management of the Manager and the Fund. Before joining ROI Capital in 2006, he spent more than five years as Vice President of Product and Business Development at Fidelity Investments Canada, winning the Best New Initiative Award in 2002 awarded by Morningstar Research Inc. Mr. Vos was involved in creating products and services that raised more than $5.5 billion in assets under administration during his tenure. He holds the following designations: Derivatives Market Specialist (DMS), Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Chartered Business Valuator (CBV), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Bachelor’s degree in Christian Studies (Honours Business Administration) from Redeemer College University, Financial Management Advisor (FMA), Chartered Investment Manager (CIM) and a Master of Business Administration from York University. Mr. Vos is also a Fellow of Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI) and a member of the Canadian Institute of Business Valuators, Toronto Society of Financial Analysts and the CFA Institute.