a talent-based merchant bank

a talent-based merchant bank

COMPANY

Hill & Gertner Capital Corporation (Hill & Gertner) is a talent-based merchant bank headquartered in Toronto. We invest our own capital and that of third parties, and form partnerships with proven creative entrepreneurs and corporate leaders who have extensive expertise in their respective fields. We are an agile organization driven by our belief in the entrepreneurial spirit, our ability to recognize new opportunities, and our long-standing personal relationships across industries. 

At Hill & Gertner, we embrace change and disruption, seeing it as a natural by-product of progress that gives rise to new and exciting opportunities. Through our extensive knowledge, know-how and financial resources, we capitalize on the ever-evolving business environment. We work with retailers, manufacturers, distributors and service providers whose businesses are being affected by expansion, re-tooling, a business climate in flux, and mergers or acquisitions. In the face of financial distress, we find strength in our ability to act quickly and deploy our expertise and capital to maximum effect. 

 

a talent-based merchant bank

LORNE GERTNER

A serial entrepreneur, Mr. Gertner has vast experience in start-ups, going public transactions, fashion, retail, architecture, real estate and finance.

In addition to his role as Chairman and CEO of Hill & Gertner Capital Corporation, Mr. Gertner is also the co-founder and former Chairman of PharmaCan Capital Corporation (MJN.V), Canada’s first publicly traded merchant bank in the medical marijuana sector with investments in five legal licenced producers (LPs) in Canada. Mr. Gertner is often referred to as the godfather of the Canadian cannabis industry having been a co-founder and director of Cannasat Pharmaceuticals Inc. (CYNA). Cannasat was the first medical marijuana company to be listed on the Toronto stock exchange in 2002 with an investment in the first government contracted facility growing medical marijuana in Canada, namely, Prairie Plant Systems.

A graduate of The John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, University of Toronto, Mr. Gertner has completed the ICD.D designation at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. Lorne Gertner is a world-class creative director and visionary, as well as shareholder in Quadrangle Architects.  He is also an adjunct lecturer at the University of Toronto teaching a course in Architecture as an Entrepreneurial Practice. 

Armed with his degree in Architecture, Lorne Gertner grew up in the Canadian apparel industry, being the third generation doing business with Holt Renfrew, Eaton’s and the Hudson Bay Co.  Lorne spent 20 years working in the family business, Mister Leonard Inc., which was one of the largest women's clothing companies in Canada.  

Remaining in the garment industry, Lorne, together with then partner, Joe Mimran,  invested in high-end womenswear label, Pink Tartan.  He also served as Vice Chair of the FDCC (Fashion Design Council of Canada) which founded World MasterCard Fashion Week (WMCFW) and is currently on the Board of the Design Exchange.

Concurrent with his fashion and retail entities, Mr. Gertner, along with Hullmark Stafford, began acquiring and building a portfolio of old brick and beam buildings in urban Toronto.  Combining his partnership in Quadrangle and WMCFW has allowed Lorne to be regarded as a true city builder.

For the past 15 years Mr. Gertner has been a merchant and investment banker involved in excess of over $1 billion in transactions in the fashion, retail, cannabis and real estate sectors.  Mr. Gertner is also the Chairman and co-founder of, and major investor in, Tokyo Smoke, an award-winning lifestyle cannabis brand and member of the Hiku brand family.  He is also the current Chairman of Midori Capital, an investment, merchant bank in the cannabis sector with investments in over a dozen cannabis companies amongst others.  The Company’s current investments include Quadrangle Architects Ltd., Seven Continents (visual merchandising manufacturer), Hullmark Stafford (“brick and beam” real estate investment company), Green Acre Capital (venture capital fund), and Emblem Corp. (Canadian LP).  Lorne Gertner’s entrepreneurial and personal relationships are the key to his success; he has the knowledge, know-how and financial resources to capitalize on the ever-evolving business environment.  

 

a talent-based merchant bank

CORE INVESTMENTS

Hill & Gernter Retail Partners 

Quadrangle Architects Limited

SBG Captial

Seven Continents

Midori Capital

Toronto Fashion Week

Hullmark Stafford 

 

 

a talent-based merchant bank

Hill & Gertner Retail Partners

Hill & Gertner Retail Partners (HGRP) is an investment banking and advisory firm specializing in the merchandising sector, including retail and consumer goods. HGRP are also principals and equity investors in successful retail and consumer product companies. HGRP’s services include branding and rebranding mergers and acquisitions, capital solutions, consolidations, restructuring, real estate solutions, and advisory services.

HGRP’s expertise in branding, merchandising, consolidations, restructuring and banking means that it understands a company’s potential and can maximize that value in any kind of transaction. More than any other company in Canada, HGRP knows what it takes to be a successful retailer. Since 1996, HGRP has been involved in retail consumer product transactions totaling well over $1 billion.

HGRP’s principals have visionary, branding, strategic, merchandising and operational skills that are unmatched in the Canadian market. These skills are complemented by an expertise in financial engineering, all of which enables HGRP to provide creative turnkey solutions.

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SBG Capital

SBG Captial provides retail consulting services in the areas of retail and wholesale purchases, as well as manufacturing operations. An affiliate of Schottenstein Stores Corporation, SB performs specialized services for fellow retailers in the areas of management consulting, inventory valuation/liquidation and retail acquisitions, auctions and dispositions. With a heritage of 85 years, SB operates throughout North America, South America and Europe with offices in Columbus, Ohio, New York, Toronto, and Birmingham, England. SB’s clients have included Eaton’s Adventure Electronics, White Rose, BiWay, Holt Renfrew and Montgomery Ward.

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QUADRANGLE

Since its formation in 1986, Quadrangle Architects Limited has established itself as one of Canada’s most dynamic architectural firms. The practice was formed by the merger of Klein Taylor Goldsmith Limited (established in 1978) and Curtner Brown Architects (established in 1981). Wide-ranging in its scope and abilities, Quadrangle has assembled a portfolio of projects that illustrates a diverse client list and expertise in a wide variety of building types from corporate to commercial to residential. In addition to its many large-scale projects, Quadrangle is highly regarded for its corporate and commercial interiors carried out by its in-house interior design group.

 

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SEVEN CONTINENTS

Seven Continents is a boutique design resource specializing in the manufacture, delivery and installation of high-quality custom wood and metal fixtures. Offering a diverse and aesthetically refined selection of mannequins, fixtures and accessories, proprietary and custom upholstered forms, fabrics, and furniture, our products display a uniquely thorough and flexible design aesthetic. 

Customers include well-known North American retailers such as Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Marshall Fields, Tommy Bahama, Disney, Fossil, Abercrombie & Fitch and Holt Renfrew. 

 

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MIDORI CAPITAL

Midori Capital is a leading merchant and investment bank in the global cannabis industry. Founded in 2018 by father-son duo, Lorne and Alan Gertner, Midori Capital is committed to making the world a better place through cannabis and design excellence. Built on principles of integrity and led by President Raymond Harari Mizrachi, Midori Capital is the merchant bank of choice for creating business that globally inspires. 

Hiku Brands Company Ltd. CNSX: HIKU.CN

Tokyo Smoke Vanderpop Doja Maitri

Cronos / Pharmacan CNSX: MJM.V

Emblem CNSX: EMC.V

Green Acre

Kaya | Jamaica

European Cannabis Fund

Latin American Cannabis Fund

Green Tank Technologies

MoCanna 

 

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Toronto Fashion Week

Hosted in one of North America’s most diverse cities, Toronto Fashion Week (TFW) is a bi-annual production connecting national and international designers, entertainers, media and the community in celebration of fashion. A catalyst for engagement, retail activity and global connectivity, TFW connects designers with international markets through digital media integration. 

Partners

Yorkville Village

The Hazelton Hotel

Freed Developments

Hiku 

 

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HULLMARK STAFFORD

Hullmark is a real estate and investment team of urban entrepreneurs dedicated to growing a vibrant urban Toronto. Working with tenants, citizens and city builders, Hullmark creates developments that speak to the geographical and cultural clusters that define Toronto and show the world the potential of well-designed spaces. 

 

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CONTACT


162 Cumberland St #300
Toronto, ON M5R 3N5