Our Team
The Goldbear team is comprised of passionate former CEOs, CFOs and COOs of private and public companies.

Leadership

Our team of accomplished leaders worked in a wide range of industries and have deep expertise in M&A, transformation & turnarounds, capital raises and more.

Lori Abittan
Lori Abittan is Director, Client Engagement at Goldbear Capital. Lori has first-hand experience in what it takes to build and run businesses. She brings over 25 years of entrepreneurial experience in a variety of areas such as start-ups, turnaround and restructuring, joint ventures, go-to-market strategies, financing and mergers and acquisitions. Lori was also the CEO of a publicly traded organization. She excels in leading teams with a relentless pursuit of innovation and excellence. Lori is a skilled negotiator and passionate about working with entrepreneurs on identifying opportunities in the marketplace on exit strategies, capital raise and growth expansion. She enjoys developing and executing strategies that align with our clients’ vision for maximum value.
Declan French
Declan French is the Founding Managing Partner at Goldbear Capital. With a life-long track record in entrepreneurial leadership and executive management, he founded and grew Thinkpath Inc. and took the company from an idea to a formidable player within five years. For Thinkpath Inc., Declan personally raised several rounds of capital and eventually took it public, through an IPO on the NASDAQ. As part of the journey of successfully building solid enterprises, Declan bought and sold several businesses throughout his career. He knows what it is like to be an entrepreneurial business owner -- to persevere, build a business and ultimately succeed. Declan is passionate about driving results for our clients at Goldbear with successful exits and enabling them to fully realize the value of what they have built with sweat and equity.
Peter Pigott
Peter Pigott, CPA, CA, is a Principal at Goldbear Capital. Pete has extensive background in delivering shareholder value for high growth businesses which have reached an inflection point. Throughout his career, Pete led organizations through transformation and rapid growth. He served as President & CEO of Financial Executives International (Canada) as well Boreal Laboratories and as COO of West 49. In addition, he held several CFO roles throughout career, including Northern Green Canada, Entertainment One, Sleep Country Canada and TSC Stores. Peter has extensive experience in strategic finance initiatives, executing a successful IPO with Sleep Country Canada, a reverse takeover (RTO) with West 49 and a transition from the TSX, to the London Stock Exchange with Entertainment One. Pete has also worked extensively with Private Equity Firms including, Bain Capital and Birch Hill Equity Partners as well as several Venture Capital Firms. Pete is passionate about Greentech. He was the Executive Director and CFO of Green Centre Canada, a government-financed start-up hub for academic cleantech discoveries. Here, Pete worked on the commercialization of entrepreneurial technology projects in partnership with McMaster University and the University of Toronto and Queen’s University.
Shane Siva
Shane Siva, CPA, CA, CPA (IL), is a Managing Partner at Goldbear Capital. Shane brings 25 years of experience in business leadership and mergers and acquisitions in Silicon Valley, CA as well as across Canada. After learning best practices hands on at large organizations including KPMG, Ernst & Young and GE, Shane is excited to be leveraging his broad experience to benefit our clients at Goldbear. Shane works hands-on with our clients to remove obstacles and position their businesses to succeed. Shane is passionate about increasing return on investments by leveraging his experience as well as engaging specialists to unlock opportunities that ultimately result in substantial appreciation of the client's business and enterprise value.
Lori Abittan
Lori Abittan is Director, Client Engagement at Goldbear Capital. Lori has first-hand experience in what it takes to build and run businesses. She brings over 25 years of entrepreneurial experience in a variety of areas such as start-ups, turnaround and restructuring, joint ventures, go-to-market strategies, financing and mergers and acquisitions. Lori was also the CEO of a publicly traded organization. She excels in leading teams with a relentless pursuit of innovation and excellence. Lori is a skilled negotiator and passionate about working with entrepreneurs on identifying opportunities in the marketplace on exit strategies, capital raise and growth expansion. She enjoys developing and executing strategies that align with our clients’ vision for maximum value.
Declan French
Declan French is the Founding Managing Partner at Goldbear Capital. With a life-long track record in entrepreneurial leadership and executive management, he founded and grew Thinkpath Inc. and took the company from an idea to a formidable player within five years. For Thinkpath Inc., Declan personally raised several rounds of capital and eventually took it public, through an IPO on the NASDAQ. As part of the journey of successfully building solid enterprises, Declan bought and sold several businesses throughout his career. He knows what it is like to be an entrepreneurial business owner -- to persevere, build a business and ultimately succeed. Declan is passionate about driving results for our clients at Goldbear with successful exits and enabling them to fully realize the value of what they have built with sweat and equity.
Peter Pigott
Peter Pigott, CPA, CA, is a Principal at Goldbear Capital. Pete has extensive background in delivering shareholder value for high growth businesses which have reached an inflection point. Throughout his career, Pete led organizations through transformation and rapid growth. He served as President & CEO of Financial Executives International (Canada) as well Boreal Laboratories and as COO of West 49. In addition, he held several CFO roles throughout career, including Northern Green Canada, Entertainment One, Sleep Country Canada and TSC Stores. Peter has extensive experience in strategic finance initiatives, executing a successful IPO with Sleep Country Canada, a reverse takeover (RTO) with West 49 and a transition from the TSX, to the London Stock Exchange with Entertainment One. Pete has also worked extensively with Private Equity Firms including, Bain Capital and Birch Hill Equity Partners as well as several Venture Capital Firms. Pete is passionate about Greentech. He was the Executive Director and CFO of Green Centre Canada, a government-financed start-up hub for academic cleantech discoveries. Here, Pete worked on the commercialization of entrepreneurial technology projects in partnership with McMaster University and the University of Toronto and Queen’s University.
Shane Siva
Shane Siva, CPA, CA, CPA (IL), is a Managing Partner at Goldbear Capital. Shane brings 25 years of experience in business leadership and mergers and acquisitions in Silicon Valley, CA as well as across Canada. After learning best practices hands on at large organizations including KPMG, Ernst & Young and GE, Shane is excited to be leveraging his broad experience to benefit our clients at Goldbear. Shane works hands-on with our clients to remove obstacles and position their businesses to succeed. Shane is passionate about increasing return on investments by leveraging his experience as well as engaging specialists to unlock opportunities that ultimately result in substantial appreciation of the client's business and enterprise value.

Executive Advisors

This selected group of distinguished business leaders engage with Goldbear clients to share their recipes for success and to make what may look like impossible, possible.

Christine Hrudka
Christine Hrudka, BSP, ICD.D, BSP, ICD.D, is a passionate advocate for advancing healthcare through innovation and technology. Christine has been a pharmacist for over 30 years and a leader in her community. She has served the profession in many capacities over the last 10 years. Christine is the past Chairperson of the Board of Canadian Pharmacists Association and currently serves as a Board member. She is also a Board member and President of the Saskatchewan College of Pharmacy, she sits on the Board of the Pharmacy Association of Saskatchewan and served as Board Chair for two years. Christine is a Board member for a variety of other pharmacy and community organizations and sits on the University of Saskatchewan Senate since her appointment in October 2016. At present she serves as Board member for publicly traded and private companies in the healthcare sector. Christine is a true innovator and is passionate about working with technology companies to advance patient care activities within the healthcare industry.
Roy Trivett
Roy Trivett Roy is a founding member of Vancouver’s Angel Investor network and brings decades of experience in entrepreneurship and growth strategy to the Goldbear team. Roy is recognized as a successful business leader for his track record building and commercializing companies in both the computer software and hardware sectors. Roy co-founded Architel Systems Corporation and served as its President, Chief Technology Officer and a Director of the Board. Architel completed an IPO in 1996 and was subsequently sold to Nortel Network in 2000 for more than $500 million.  

Roy enjoys working with Goldbear clients on growth advisory, capital raising as well as exit strategies.

Executive Advisors

This selected group of distinguished business leaders engage with Goldbear clients to share their recipes for success and to make what may look like impossible, possible.

Christine Hrudka
Christine Hrudka, BSP, ICD.D, BSP, ICD.D, is a passionate advocate for advancing healthcare through innovation and technology. Christine has been a pharmacist for over 30 years and a leader in her community. She has served the profession in many capacities over the last 10 years. Christine is the past Chairperson of the Board of Canadian Pharmacists Association and currently serves as a Board member. She is also a Board member and President of the Saskatchewan College of Pharmacy, she sits on the Board of the Pharmacy Association of Saskatchewan and served as Board Chair for two years. Christine is a Board member for a variety of other pharmacy and community organizations and sits on the University of Saskatchewan Senate since her appointment in October 2016. At present she serves as Board member for publicly traded and private companies in the healthcare sector. Christine is a true innovator and is passionate about working with technology companies to advance patient care activities within the healthcare industry.
Roy Trivett
Roy Trivett Roy is a founding member of Vancouver’s Angel Investor network and brings decades of experience in entrepreneurship and growth strategy to the Goldbear team. Roy is recognized as a successful business leader for his track record building and commercializing companies in both the computer software and hardware sectors. Roy co-founded Architel Systems Corporation and served as its President, Chief Technology Officer and a Director of the Board. Architel completed an IPO in 1996 and was subsequently sold to Nortel Network in 2000 for more than $500 million.  

Roy enjoys working with Goldbear clients on growth advisory, capital raising as well as exit strategies.
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