Our team

  • Randy GargFounder & Managing Partner

    Randy has passionately worked with dozens of emerging technology companies over the past 25+ years in various capacities as an investor, advisor, and board member.

    In the early 90’s and 2000’s he worked closely with numerous earlier stage technology companies through their growth trajectories as a Principal in a venture capital fund. His experience also includes a number of years in the mid-2000’s on the sell–side as a Managing Director with PwC Corporate Finance leading M&A and financing mandates.

    Rekindling his passion for investing in growing technology companies, he co-founded a family office fund in 2010 focused on providing flexible growth capital in the form of growth debt and growth equity to mid-later stage technology companies across North America. In early 2015, these efforts led to his founding of Vistara Capital Partners carrying on the same investment strategy and approach where he currently serves as its Managing Partner.

    Randy has led a number of community initiatives including establishment of the Vistara Elevate Awards, to provide opportunities to underrepresented students from ethnic and racial minority groups in the areas of STEM and finance. He is also a long-standing member of Social Venture Partners (Vancouver) focused on vulnerable children and youth initiatives where he serves on the Development Committee, and where Vistara acts as a Community Business Partner.

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

    What else?
    Randy has been known to travel to various parts of the world in pursuit of memorable golf, music sporting, wine and culinary experiences (now becoming easier as a lifelong vegetarian), when not in Vancouver doing the same and enjoying family life. 

    Current Investments: Alida (Observer), Blueprint, FinCAD, Kentik (Observer), Kore.ai (Director), Zafin (Director)

    Exited Investments: Backstop, Getaround, Guestlogix, InvestEdge, You.iTV

  • 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.

    Current Investments: BitTitan (Observer), Kurtosys (Observer), Martello, Vyopta (Observer)

    Exited Investments: CoolIT, Mobify, Syscon

  • John O’DonoghueDirector, Investments

    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.

    Current Investments: Blueprint (Observer), FinCAD (Observer), Kentik, Kore.ai

    Exited Investments: Backstop, CoolIT

  • Kathleen KaulinsDirector, Investments

    Kathleen has 10+ years of experience scaling high growth companies in various industries. She has worked as both an advisor and operator across functions including Finance, Strategy, Operations and Product.

    Prior to joining Vistara, Kathleen was Chief Strategy Officer at MealPal, a food tech startup in New York. She was responsible for leading strategic planning and growth initiatives at the company, including driving expansion across seven countries.

    She previously served as the Director of Finance & Strategy at Zocdoc, a healthcare tech company in New York. She oversaw various expansion efforts, including the company’s rollout to all 50 US states. She also helped raised over $130 million of growth capital for Zocdoc.

    She began her career as an investment banker at UBS in the firm’s global Consumer Products & Retail group, advising clients on capital offerings, M&A and strategic alternatives.

    Kathleen received her Master of Business Administration from Columbia University as well as her Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Michigan.

    What else?
    Kathleen is an enthusiastic cyclist who enjoys exploring other countries by bike. She also practices karate and is currently working towards earning her orange belt.

    Current Investments: Alida (Observer), Kurtosys, Martello, Vyopta

  • Neil KenleyDirector, Investments
    Neil has ten years of experience in strategy and corporate development, private equity and investment banking.

    Prior to joining Vistara Capital Partners, Neil worked in Strategy and Corporate Development at Element AI, an Artificial Intelligence start-up building AI products for enterprise customers. While at Element, he helped develop product roadmaps, negotiate partnerships and raise over $200M in venture financing.

    Prior to Element AI, Neil worked as an Investment Associate at Penfund where he focused on analyzing credit and equity investment opportunities in retail, consumer, healthcare, insurance and financial services. Neil has also worked as an investment banking analyst at RBC Capital Markets where he was part of the Consumer and Industrial products team, advising on M&A transactions as well as equity and debt fundraises.

    Neil holds an Honours of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business.

    What Else?
    Neil is always up for an adventure and jumps at every opportunity to travel as he loves experiencing new cultures and picking up a recipe or two along the way. When Neil is at home in Toronto, he spends his time cooking, attending local art events, and discussing comics or the latest Marvel movie with friends, family – really, anyone that will listen.

    Current Investments: Zafin

  • Sean LindoverAssociate, Investments
    Sean has over 6 years of investment experience across a wide range of asset classes.

    Prior to joining Vistara Capital Partners, Sean worked at Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP) where he worked in a number of departments including: Infrastructure & Natural Resources Private Equity, Strategy & Risk and Total Fund Management (Portfolio Strategy). While at OTPP, Sean evaluated global investment opportunities across multiple private asset classes, worked on asset management initiatives for OTPP portfolio assets and contributed to key research projects used to inform the organization’s portfolio strategy.

    Sean received his Bachelor of Management and Organization Studies from the University of Western Ontario, and is a CFA Charterholder.

    What else?
    Sean is an avid sports fan and in his spare time enjoys playing basketball, hockey, golf and cycling. He enjoys travelling and experiencing new cultures and cuisines.

  • Tracy ZhangAnalyst
    Tracy honed her talents at KPMG, where she provided financial audit services to both public and private enterprise clients across a diverse range of companies and industries. Most recently, she worked in the Transaction Services practice at KPMG, where she provided financial advisory services related to M&A deals. 

    Tracy received her Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant. 

    What else?
    When not at work, you’ll find Tracy experimenting with the latest and greatest in cooking techniques to create new and fantastic dishes. You might also find Tracy on the road to a new country or on a hiking trail followed closely by her toy poodle. 

  • Charmaine HonAdministrative & Operations Assistant
    Charmaine plays an important role in supporting the investment team, assisting with firm-wide administration and operations, keeping the office and various Vistara projects running smoothly and in concert.

     

    What else?
    In the spring or summer, you’ll find Charmaine at the Grouse Grind bright and early, or partaking in other activities designed to get her blood pumping and heart rate up. Charmaine dedicates most of the winter season to ski lessons, recovering from a past life as a snowboarding addict. Tasting the latest and greatest in sour beers and baking are activities that Charmaine enjoys year-round.

  • Stephen TanManager, Finance & Operations
    Stephen has extensive experience working in financial services and investment management, having previously worked for an institutional fund and professional services firm.

    Prior to joining Vistara Capital Partners, Stephen was a member of the investment team at UBC Investment Management Trust (UBC IMANT), managing operations and analyzing investment opportunities for the University Endowment and Pension fund.

    Most recently, he was a manager in the business operations team at Grant Thornton LLP where he provided financial and operational oversight of the firm practice in Western Canada.

    Stephen holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of British Columbia and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.

    What else?
    Stephen enjoys staying active and exploring the outdoors during his free time. You can usually find him hiking the local mountains, running the seawall or playing beach volleyball during the weekend.