• Seizing the Opportunities: Doug Putman & Claude Germain, Two Great Canadian Leaders on Mastering Acquisitions, Growth & Leadership

    PEO Leadership's Eye of the Executive In-Person Series
    June 18th at 5:00PM EST- 181 Bay St, Toronto, Ontario

Why attend?

Join us on June 18th at 5:00PM in downtown Toronto for an evening dedicated to exploring the frontiers of growth leadership, successful acquisitions, and strategic risk management. Claude Germain, the Founder and Managing Partner of Rouge River Capital Holdings, and Doug Putman, founder of Putman Investments, whose portfolio includes Toys "R" Us Canada, HMV, Sunrise Records, Everest Toys, and a variety of businesses across North America and Europe; will discuss their paths to triumph, imparting invaluable lessons and actionable success strategies. Don't miss the opportunity to engage in a lively discussion with these great Canadian Leaders. Partnered with Aird & Berlis LLP, this is a summer kickoff event that promises not only to enlighten but also to inspire.

What you will discover:

1. Strategies for Successful Acquisitions
Gain insights into the critical strategies these leaders utilize to identify, evaluate, and successfully complete acquisitions. You'll learn about their approaches to conducting thorough due diligence, employing savvy valuation techniques, mastering negotiation tactics, and understanding the pivotal role of timing in acquisitions.


2. Risk Management and Mitigation
Discover how to effectively assess and mitigate the myriad risks associated with business acquisitions. This encompasses a broad spectrum from financial and operational to market risks. The session will delve into the moguls’ real-world experiences, sharing how they structure and finance deals to minimize exposure while building a robust risk management framework that safeguards and advances their business interests.


3. Leveraging Core Strengths for Growth and Leadership
Understand the importance of recognizing and focusing on your core strengths, both as a leader and within your business operations. The moguls will share their philosophy on leveraging these strengths to fuel growth, drive innovation, and maintain a competitive edge in the market. This segment will explore how aligning your business strategy with your core competencies can lead to more effective decision-making and leadership.


Our in-person event, tailored specifically for CEOs and senior executives, will begin with a captivating panel discussion with Claude Germain and Doug Putman, followed by a networking reception, providing an opportunity to connect with the PEO Leadership community. Reserve your seat today and step into a summer of growth, leadership, and transformation. RSVP now to secure your spot!

Registration closes at 11:00PM EST on June 16th. Space is limited and only those who register will be able to attend. For more information, contact our head of marketing and events, Joanna Thommee at jthommee@peo-leadership.com


Join us for an evening of strategy, collaboration, connection and empowerment specifically designed for CEOs and senior executives.

5:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Check in & Registration
 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Panel Discussion with Doug Putman & Claude Germain
 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Networking Reception

Our Speakers

Claude Germain
Doug Putman
Leon Goren
Claude Germain

Claude Germain

Claude Germain is the Founder and Managing Partner of Rouge River Capital Holdings (since 2009). Mr. Germain is a business owner, using his own capital to acquire controlling interests in mid-market companies, and controls a diversified portfolio of strong operating businesses generating over $500 million in revenues. Mr. Germain has extensive governance experience in both private and public firms, and non-profit organizations. Mr. Germain serves on the Boards of Triton International (NYSE: TRTN), The Canada Post Corporation, SCI Group, Fleet Complete, as well as a number of other private firms controlled by Rouge River. Prior to Rouge River, Mr. Germain served as President and CEO of large transportation related businesses. Mr. Germain started his career as a management consultant for The Boston Consulting Group. Mr. Germain holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Engineering Physics (Nuclear) from Queen’s University. Mr. Germain lives in Oakville with his wife and 5 children.


Doug Putman

Doug Putman

As the founder and driving force of Putman Investments, a family-owned holding company, Doug Putman’s passion and transformative thinking shapes his approach to revitalizing businesses in a variety of sectors, including retail, manufacturing and hospitality. Through a lens of consumer’s desire and appreciation for physical experiences, Doug and his leadership team seek out brands with future upside, engineering profitable growth while building valuable synergies across the portfolio that includes ToysRUs Canada, HMV (UK), FYE (US) and a variety of restaurant formats in North America.

Leon Goren

Leon Goren

Leon Goren believes in purposeful leadership – the type that requires us to challenge the status quo, anticipate the future and be confident enough to step outside of our comfort zone to inspire and help those around us excel. His 25 years of leadership experience underscores his unique impact on the way leaders lead, learn and live, and his ability to understand their needs and challenges.

As the owner and CEO of PEO Leadership, Leon is dedicated to building communities of knowledgeable and respected business leaders by developing opportunities for shared insights and experience. Under his leadership, PEO is recognized as a premier executive leadership advisory community that positively influences the way leaders lead, learn and live.

Leon is also Toronto Chair of TIGER 21, where he leverages his experience to develop exceptional leaders working with high net worth individuals and families.

As founder and CEO of www.justwhiteshirts.com in 1997, Leon became one of Canada’s first online success stories, recognized for bringing the dot com retail experience to Canadians through a combination of online, catalog, and bricks and mortar channels.

Leon is an authority on leadership and business strategy as he is consistently invited to address various business audiences, including the graduating classes of Chartered Accountants. His thought leadership is published in the CA Magazine, The National Post and The Globe and Mail.

Leon is a current member of the Umbra and IHHP Advisory Boards. He is a former member of the North York Aquatic Club Board of Directors. Leon is a CPA, CA. He is married with children and is active in sports, including triathlons and skiing.

To connect with Leon, you can find him on Twitter and LinkedIn.


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