Lorne is an active community leader with deep multigenerational roots in Simcoe-Grey. Currently, he and his wife, Susan, own and operate a successful promotional products and corporate apparel business in Collingwood.
Lorne is an active Rotarian and former President of the Rotary Club of South Georgian Bay. He is an Honorary Paul Harris Fellow and has served as the District 7010 Chair of Indigenous Affairs.
A lifelong educator, Lorne is a long-time supporter and former Board Member of Elephant Thoughts Educational Outreach, an award-winning charitable organization headquartered in Collingwood which provides education programs in First Nations and Inuit communities in Canada. Under its auspices, Lorne has participated in on-site teaching programs in such far northern communities as Attawapiskat.
At the height of his public service career, Lorne was a senior official at the Premier’s Council, a consultative body of leaders from all key sectors of Ontario society and economy.
Prior to his work in the Ontario Public Service, he was a senior official at Labour Canada where he led the Bureau of Labour Information, judged by the Auditor General to be one of the six “well-performing organizations” in the federal service.
Before entering public service, Lorne was in the private sector and was responsible for negotiating major collective agreements in the food industry.
His career began as a Professor of Economics and Canadian Studies at Seneca College where he initiated a unique mobile learning program. Over the years he has taught at Carleton University and developed a special consulting program for graduating MBA students at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.
Lorne has a B.A. in Political Science and Economics and an M.A. in Economics (Labour and Industrial Relations). Both degrees were earned at the University of Toronto.
Lorne and Susan have been married 44 years. They are the parents of two children and three grandchildren.