RealCanna is a real estate investment trust focused on the acquisition, ownership, and management of specialized industrial properties.
We provide cannabis operators the opportunity to capitalize on their real estate assets to fund their growth by acquisition or expansion plans.
RealCanna expects to obtain both geographical and operational diversification in the new, vibrant, Global cannabis industry. From vertically integrated operations with LPs and point of sale, to the emerging edibles and derivatives markets across North America, RealCanna anticipates increased investment in real estate across the cannabis sector.
Dean Parmar - Chief Executive Officer & Chair of the Board
Dean has over 30 years of experience managing all aspects of real estate from acquisition, financing, restructuring and asset managing over $1 billion. In 2000, Dean founded Kingsway Asset Management, which focused on acquisitions, financing and management of approximately $750 million of assets until 2008. He is the co-founder and president of Group 3 Property Management Ltd, which currently manages over 2 million square feet of commercial real estate and 10,000 residential units in Alberta. Dean is also the co-founder and has for over 20 years been president of Simplex Investment Corp., which is a private investment company that acquires, finances and develops commercial and residential real estate.
Scott Bartholomew - Chief Financial Officer
Scott is a senior finance and investment professional with over 20 years of experience working in the Canadian investment industry. Scott is one of the founding partners of Purpose Investments, where he held multiple executive roles including Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Compliance Officer until November 2018. Over the course of his career Scott has served on several investment fund and private company boards as directors and was CFO of Ether Capital Corp., a TSX listed company, Prior to Purpose Investments, Scott was with Claymore Investments as its Vice President of Operations and Chief Compliance Officer. Scott holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Ryerson University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst
Gopi Pillai - Chief Operating Officer
Gopi brings to the table over 20 years of real estate industry experience with over $3 billion in transactions. Gopi spent approx. 10 years at GE Capital Real Estate managing and mitigating financial, legal and operational risk. Gopi also underwrote commercial real estate financing and acquisitions transactions. Some of his career highlights include: Underwriting and financing $400 million of Hudson Bay’s real estate portfolio – portion of which was subsequently sold to Target Canada, underwriting and performance due-diligence for the acquisition of Bank of America’s $540 million Canadian loan book, headed GE’s post acquisition implementation of compliance and operational strategies of Dundee REIT. Gopi holds a L.L.M from University of Toronto, Canada and L.L.B from University of Madras, India.
Chad Gemmell - VP of Finance
Chad has over 15 years of real estate transaction and advisory experience across all asset classes totaling over $2 billion in capital, Chad co-founded Canada’s first online real estate private equity tech firm. Previously, Chad was a Vice President at JLL, where he helped lead the Canadian Investment Banking team. Chad has an HBA majoring in Finance from Lakehead University and an MBA from NSYSU (National Sun Yat Sen University).