Our team

  • Randy GargFounder & Managing Partner

    Randy has 25+ years experience in corporate finance, M&A, venture capital and private equity and debt investing across a broad spectrum of the technology industry.

    Prior to Vistara Capital, Randy co-founded and was Managing Partner of Beedie Capital Partners. During that time he completed numerous growth capital financings with emphasis on technology and technology enabled services sectors.

    Previously, Randy was with PwC Corporate Finance as Managing Director for the Western Canadian technology practice executing on numerous corporate finance, M&A and financing mandates.

    Post MBA, Randy spent a decade as a principal with Discovery Capital co-managing its family of technology venture capital funds, where he was responsible for structuring and managing direct equity investments.

    Randy received his BBA from York University, his MBA from University of British Columbia, and is a CFA Charterholder.

    What else?
    Randy has also been known to travel to various parts of the world in pursuit of great golf courses, music and sporting events, wine, yoga classes, and vegetarian food, when not in Vancouver trying to do exactly the same while enjoying family life with his wife and two children.

  • Noah ShipmanPartner

    Noah has 10+ years of experience in technology corporate finance, M&A, and strategic planning, having worked as an advisor to as well as in-house for both public and private companies.

    Prior to joining Vistara Capital Partners, Noah was Principal at Garibaldi Capital Advisors, a technology-exclusive boutique investment bank. While at Garibaldi, he successfully executed growth capital and secondary financings, as well as buy and sell side M&A mandates for a variety of technology and technology enabled service companies.

    He was previously in a corporate development role at Viterra, where he helped lead an active acquisition-focused growth strategy. During his tenure, the company financed and deployed approximately $2.5 billion in transactions across multiple continents.

    He began his career as an investment banker with Genuity Capital Markets’ Diversified Industries group, where he supported private equity related mandates for clients in technology, media and service sectors.

    Noah received his Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University, and is a CFA Charterholder.

    What else?
    Noah is an avid traveler to obscure destinations in search of high mountain peaks and deep sea dives. He can otherwise can be found enjoying live music, on a golf course, or exploring the local mountains by foot or ski.

  • John O’DonoghueSenior Associate

    John has 10+ years of experience in corporate development and private equity, having worked for a sovereign investment fund and a large international utility.

    Prior to joining Vistara Capital Partners John was a member of the private equity team of the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF), a sovereign investment fund. While at ISIF he was focused on investments in technology, small and medium business finance, and renewable energy companies.

    John was previously in corporate development at ESB, an international utility, where he led multiple renewable energy project developments, acquisitions and strategic partnerships both in Ireland and internationally.

    John received his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from University College Dublin, and is a CFA Charterholder.

    What else?
    Having moved from Ireland John tries to make the most of the local pistes, mountain trails and concert venues of Vancouver. When not spending time with his wife and son he also enjoys playing soccer, golf and discovering the local craft breweries.