Knowledgeable Industry Experts

Our roster of top industry experts, flavour connoisseurs and market influencers collectively built our portfolio up to over 15 globally-recognized brands.

Successful Business Development

Through strategic acquisitions and new brand development, Gilla quickly achieved market penetration in industry-leading geographic regions.

Entrepreneurial Approach

Our management team has extensive experience in identifying booming industry trends and building businesses that cater to those trends.

We are Gilla –  leaders in the vape industry

A global leader in providing consumers with the highest quality and most consistent user experience for nicotine E-liquids and cannabis concentrates.

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Our Key Management Team

Our team is constantly working to innovate and continue growth in the company, develop new brands and product offerings. We take the time to identify new opportunities and think about the ‘big idea’ to serve this forward moving industry. Contact our senior management team for more information.


Graham Simmonds

Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO

Mr. Simmonds has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors since May 14, 2015 and as Chief Executive Officer of the Company since November 15, 2012. Mr. Simmonds has over 18 years of experience in public company management and business development projects within both the gaming and technology sectors. Mr. Simmonds is licensed and/or has previously been licensed/registered with a number of horse racing and gaming commissions in the United States and Canada. Mr. Simmonds developed and launched the first in-home digital video horse racing service in North America and is a former director and partner in eBet Technologies Inc., a licensed ADW operator and software developer for the online horse racing industry in the United States. eBet Technologies Inc. was successfully sold to Sportech PLC in December of 2012. He is the former chairman and CEO of DealNet Capital Corp., a consumer finance company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange in Toronto, Canada.


Ashish Kapoor, CPA, CA, CFA

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Kapoor has served as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer since November 15, 2012. Mr. Kapoor has over 15 years of experience in providing capital markets advisory and assurance services as a finance professional. After obtaining his Chartered Accountant designation at Ernst & Young, Mr. Kapoor has gained over 10 years of experience in investment banking, advising client across various industries. As a senior vice president at Macquarie Capital Markets Canada Ltd., Mr. Kapoor was responsible for the Canadian telecom, media, entertainment and technology investment banking and principal investing group. During his 10 years at Macquarie, Mr. Kapoor completed in excess of $3B in successful principal investments and advised on a further $4B of mergers and acquisitions for third party clients. Mr. Kapoor was formerly the CFO of DealNet Capital Corp., a consumer finance company, and Transeastern Power Trust, an independent power producer focused on renewable energy sources. Mr. Kapoor obtained his Chartered Accountant designation as part of the Ernst & Young’s Toronto practice and was awarded the Gold Medal for first place in Ontario, and the Bronze Medal for third place in Canada on the 2000 Chartered Accountancy Uniform Final Examination. Mr. Kapoor is also a CFA Charter holder and holds a Masters of Accounting and a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Waterloo.


Management and Board of Directors

Graham Simmonds, Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO (bio above)
Ashish Kapoor, Chief Financial Officer
(bio above)

Danny Yuranyi, Director, Chief Procurement Officer

Mr. Yuranyi has served as a director of the Company since November 15, 2012. Prior to that, he was president of DY Consulting, a consulting firm. Mr. Yuranyi has over 30 years of experience in the transportation, logistics, and distribution businesses having successfully built and operated his own companies on a number of occasions. Mr. Yuranyi has held senior positions with Loomis and Gelco Express which was later sold to Air Canada. After helping build a division of Gelco Express from $1M to more than $12M in annualized sales, Mr. Yuranyi left to start a new business of his own called United Messengers which quickly grew to become the largest same-day messenger service in Canada. Most recently, Mr. Yuranyi has invested in building distribution relationships with European brands in the energy drink and bottled water businesses.


Gerald Goldberg, Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee

Mr. Goldberg has served as a director of the Company since June 29, 2016 and is currently the Chairman of the Audit Committee. Mr. Goldberg is a Chartered Professional Accountant and is a senior partner in the accounting firm of Schwartz Levitsky Feldman LLP, in Toronto. Mr. Goldberg was previously a partner in Grant Thornton and its predecessor firm for over 15 years. Mr. Goldberg has over 30 years of experience in the service, distribution, retail, mining, natural resources and oil & gas, real estate, not-for-profit entities and manufacturing industries, with a strong emphasis in taxation and business advisory services. He is also active in corporate finance and development and has been involved in the structure and design of numerous innovative financing instruments, tax shelters and syndications, both in Canada and the United States. He is actively involved with the audit of various publicly listed companies in both Canada and abroad. Mr. Goldberg also has tremendous experience as an independent director, chairman and member of the audit committee of publicly listed companies, non-for-profit companies, educational and other institutions, organizations and companies.


Dr. Blaise A. Aguirre, Director

Dr. Aguirre has served as a director of the Company since November 7, 2014. Dr. Aguirre, an internationally known expert, author and lecturer in child and adolescent psychiatry, is the founding medical director of 3East at McLean Hospital, and is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He served as an independent director of Investors Capital Holdings Ltd. from October 28, 2011 until its sale to RCS Capital Company (RCAP:NYSE) in 2014. Previously, Dr. Aguirre was a broker with Investors Capital Company having obtained his series 7 and 63 securities licenses. Dr. Aguirre sits on the board of directors that oversees the annual running of the Illinois Marathon in Champaign, IL. He was a member of the Medical Advisory Board of IVPCARE Inc. prior to their buyout by Walgreens. Dr. Aguirre has developed and maintains enduring relationships with institutional money managers and venture capitalists and has developed expertise as a small cap stock analyst.


Christopher Rich, Director

Mr. Rich has served as a director of the Company since November 7, 2014. Mr. Rich is a successful television, film and theater actor and producer. He studied acting at the University of Texas and later at Cornell University, where he received a master’s degree in theater arts. He began his performing career in New York performing on stage in many off-Broadway and regional productions. Mr. Rich has appeared in many television series, most notably on Murphy Brown and Reba. On the big screen, he starred in The Joy Luck Club, Flight of the Intruder, and the independent art film Prisoners of Inertia with Amanda Plummer. He has appeared in numerous television movies, with credits including Going Home opposite Jason Robards in one of his last performances.

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