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Claude Germain
Managing Partner

Mr. Germain is Founder and Managing Partner of Rouge River Capital, a merchant bank focused on acquiring controlling stakes in private midmarket transportation and manufacturing companies, and whose portfolio currently includes a dozen operating businesses in Canada and the USA.

Mr. Germain has extensive governance experience, and is currently a Board Director or Chairman on various public and private corporate Boards, including Canada Post Corporation, Triton International (NYSE:TRTN), the worldwide market leader in global ocean shipping container leasing, and Fleet Complete, a global leader in telematics and connected vehicle technology. As part of a Rouge River investment, Mr. Germain has also held the position of Board Director, and co-CEO, of SMTC Corporation (NASD: SMTX), a $300 million global electronics contract manufacturer.

Prior to Rouge River, and from 2004 to 2009, Mr. Germain was Managing Director (EVP/COO) of Schenker of Canada Ltd., one of Canada’s largest transportation and logistics companies with over $1B in gross revenues. Mr Germain started his career as a management consultant for The Boston Consulting Group. In 2002 and 2007, Mr. Germain won Canadian Executive of the Year in Logistics. Mr. Germain holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Engineering Physics (Nuclear) from Queen’s University.

Alex Walker
Managing Partner

Mr. Walker is a founder and managing partner at Rouge River Capital. At Rouge River Capital, Alex’s primary focus is on providing hands-on executive stewardship to portfolio businesses. Alex has extensive board and C-Level operating experience, and specializes in growing, restructuring and exiting businesses with an emphasis on strategic M&A.

Prior to Rouge River Capital, Mr. Walker was Founder and Managing Director of Blackmore Partners, a financial advisory firm based in Chicago and Toronto where he led successful transactions in manufacturing, and fulfillment services. Over the past 20 years, Mr. Walker has served as chairman, president and CEO of public and private technology and manufacturing businesses. These include electronics manufacturer SMTC (NASD: SMTX), where he initiated several acquisitions and drove record results. He was President and CEO of Ecosystem, Kili Technologies and Cube Route where he spearheaded the growth, financing and exits for each business. He has served as CFO and COO for several other businesses, leading successful turnarounds and exits. Alex currently serves on the boards of Seaport Intermodal and Dream Payments. Alex began his career in investment banking and management consulting in New York and Chicago.

Mr. Walker received his MBA from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago, and his engineering degree from Queen’s University.