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Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is proud to partner with Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business for the launch of the second edition of the Person of the Year Awards. This innovative contest aims to celebrate business people who are actively involved in the development of leading-edge companies and the emergence of tomorrow’s talent, while creating real collaboration opportunities between academia and business world.

Contest Rules

The Person of the Year Awards are presented by Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton LLP. (“RCGT”) in association with the John Molson School of Business (“JMSB”) (collectively the “Organizers”). The contest will take place from September 11, 2019 at midnight (eastern daylight time EDT)) to November 30, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. (eastern standard time (EST)).

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Selection Criteria

During the evaluation and selection process, the selection committee will focus on:

  • Scope of their accomplishments (risks taken, dedication, perseverance, etc.);
  • Leadership style;
  • Vision;
  • Innovation;
  • Social and community involvement;
  • Contribution to the company’s financial growth.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the contest eligibility criteria?

    This contest is open to entrepreneurs and C-Suite executives (“C-suite”), anywhere in Quebec, of a public or private corporation.

    The Instinct award is also open to leaders of an investment team that is part of an investment management company or a financial institution providing capital, including, but not limited to: private equity group, venture capital fund, family office, pension fund, or labour-sponsored fund. For greater clarity, the Instinct prize will be awarded to the investment team leader and to the main executive of the company for which the transaction was performed, and together, they will be considered a single winner.

    The candidate’s business must be growing and must be registered and have been operating in Quebec since January 1, 2016. Businesses headquartered outside Quebec are also eligible.

    See the rules for all details.

When I submit my candidacy online, do I have to include financial information on my business?

    Yes. The information will be treated confidentially and will only be seen by Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, the John Molson School of Business (JMSB) and their agents and the selection committee and JMSB graduates involved in the selection process.

Who are the selection committee members and how were they selected?

    The Selection Committee members are experts from the academic and business communities. Governance will be provided by Anne-Marie Croteau, Dean of the John Molson School of Business. The Committee members are:

    Alexandra Panaccio, - Vice-Rector and Associate Professor, John Molson School of Business
    Stéphane Brutus, RBC Professor of Motivation and Employee Performance, John Molson School of Business
    Ingrid Chadwick – Associate Professor, John Molson School of Business
    Étienne Borgeat – Serial Entrepreneur - CEO and Co-Founder, PsyXnovation
    Hubert Bolduc – President and CEO, Montréal International
    Bastien Poulain – Founding President, 1642

What is the procedure for submitting an application?

    Registration forms are available at and have to be submitted directly online.

    A candidate may submit his/her nomination in up to two categories and must meet the criteria for each of them.

    You can submit your application or recommend a candidate. First, complete the statement of interest form on If the candidate is eligible, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton will email the candidate to provide instructions on completing the registration form and submitting the candidacy online for review.

How are finalists selected and what are the dates to remember?

    Applications will be received from September 11, 2019 to November 30, 2019. However, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton (RCGT) will accept registration forms up until December 13, 2019, only for those who will have expressed their interest to RCGT in taking part in the contest before November 30, 2019.

    A review committee composed of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton professionals and John Molson School of Business MBA and Executive MBA program graduates will review and evaluate the candidacies to select four finalists per category for the second selection round. Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton may contact candidates to obtain additional information. The finalists will be announced in March 2020.

    All contest applicants will be invited to a networking event at the end of January 2020. This veritable forum of agents of change will be an opportunity for all candidates to get to know each other and discuss the factors that make Quebec businesses grow and flourish.

    The second selection round will be held in April 2020 and will allow the Selection Committee to determine the winners in the four categories.

    The awards will be presented in May 2020, in Montréal. This event, which promises to be innovative and very colourful, will be an opportunity to celebrate business people, talent and the next generation from across Quebec!

    See the rules for all details.

What will the winners receive?

    Winners will become known in the business community, the university community and the general public in Quebec. They will also benefit from media and preferred advertising visibility, providing them with an opportunity to showcase their business.

    They will also be awarded with the Disruption trophy, designed by Protocole, as a recognition of their professional journey.

    They will also be able to benefit from numerous business opportunities and new contacts and will be able to meet inspiring and visionary entrepreneurs who shape the future of Quebec entrepreneurship.

    The winners will also be entitled to five (5) hours of executive coaching offered by the John Molson Executive Centre. The Person of the Year category winner will be invited to participate in the John Molson Executive MBA Class Champion program as guest champion of the 2020-2022 cohort.

What are the selection criteria?

    In assessing the candidates, the Selection Committee will focus on:

    • Scope of their accomplishments (risks taken, dedication, perseverance, etc.);
    • Leadership style;
    • Vision;
    • Innovation;
    • Social and community involvement;
    • Contribution to the company’s financial growth.

    Refer to the rules for more information.

Are there registration fees?

    No, registration is free.

Where did the idea of a collaboration between both partners come from?

    Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is a leading firm operating across the province that is constantly innovating its practices, while the John Molson School of Business sets the tone for the new generation of business schools in Quebec and is firmly connected to the community.

    The contest was inaugurated in 2018 as a result of the desire to leverage the strength of the respective organizations’ networks to celebrate known or soon to be known business people who participate in the development of local visionary businesses and the emergence of tomorrow’s talent.

Where can I get more information about the contest?

    You can email us at or call 514-878-2692, extension 5761.

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