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.