You miss one hundred percent of the shots you don't take.Wayne Gretzky
Even though there is only a 1-5% probably of scoring
Mr. Roustan has a deep admiration for the employees at the Company, and believes that he has the best long-term interests of all stakeholders at heart. Mr. Roustan has a unique knowledge of and passion for the Company, having been its Chairman since the acquisition of Bauer from Nike in 2008, through the IPO on the Toronto Stock Exchange on March 10, 2011, and serving as its Chairman through 2102. Read MoreMar. 25, 2016 - Press Release Mar. 27, 2016 - Media Story
W. Graeme Roustan, as Chairman and CEO of Roustan Capital, was invited by Nike's executives to enter the Nike Bauer sale process in the Fall of 2007. Mr. Roustan engaged a Wall Street firm who scheduled interviews with private equity firms that wanted to be Mr. Roustan’s partner in the process.
Mr. Roustan had deep relationships in place with Nike and the industry that put him in an advantageous position to acquire Nike Bauer. After meeting with several Managing Partners at several Private Equity firms, he decided to choose Kohlberg and Company based solely upon his meeting with then Co-Managing Partner Christopher Lacovara and would have rejected outright Kohlberg and Company as his partner otherwise. Read MoreNike Press Release Toronto Star Story
W. Graeme Roustan as Chairman and CEO of GTA Sports & Entertainment (GTASE) began investing capital in 2010 in the venture to build the GTA Centre in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
Mr. Roustan assembled a team of professionals to study the concept of building a 20,000-seat arena in Markham. After many months and a great deal of at-risk capital was invested, the determination was made that it would only be feasible if an outside group paid half the cost. Read More
W. Graeme Roustan as Chairman and CEO of Roustan Capital launched a fund dedicated to investing in community ice rinks and related companies in the USA previously struggling to stay open or had closed its doors. The intention was to give them a second chance for success.
One trait the investment criteria contained was that the community ice rink or operation would have to be the only one in a given community, and that its demise would cause its hockey players and figure skaters to hang up their skates for good. Investments were not made if one ice rink was to close and the users could go to another ice rink close by, having the effect of making the surviving one a more financially viable operation as opposed to two financially weak operations. Read More
The odds of W. Graeme Roustan scoring the Montreal Canadiens in the 2009 sales process was less than 10% at the outset at best. Although taking the shot and not scoring, being invited into the Habs sale process, let alone making it to the final round as a finalist, was a shot this kid from Sherbrooke was thrilled to take.
Mr. Roustan is eternally grateful to the Canadiens family and the NHL for providing him this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity he will never forget.Media Story