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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 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.

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Contest Rules

The Person of the Year Awards are presented by Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton L.L.P. (“RCGT”) in partnership with the Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business (“JMSB”) (collectively “the Organizers”). The contest will run from midnight September 26, 2018 to 11:59 p.m. EST on December 20, 2018. No nominations will be accepted after 00:00 AM on December 21, 2018.

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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.);
  • Financial performance;
  • Involvement in mentoring activities;

 

  • Community involvement;
  • Vision;
  • Innovation.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the eligibility criteria to enter the contest?

    All candidates must meet all of the eligibility criteria in order to be nominated. This contest is open to entrepreneurs, owners and C-suite executives, anywhere in Quebec, of a public or private corporation.

    The “Instinct” award is also open to a team 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” award will be awarded to a team of people, which will be considered a single winner.

    The candidate’s organization must be profitable, can be from any business sector and must be registered and have been operating in Quebec since January 1, 2015. Businesses headquartered outside Quebec are also eligible.

Will financial information be required from me when I submit my application online?

    The financial information will be treated as confidential and will be viewed only by Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, the John Molson School of Business (JMSB) and their representatives, as well as the students of JMSB that will take part in the selection process of the 16 finalists and 4 winners.

Who composes the selection committee and how were they selected?

    The selection committee is composed of members from academia and the business world. Governance will be provided by Anne-Marie Croteau, Ph. D., Dean of the John Molson School of Business. Here are the members :

    Barbara Henchey, MBA – Director, Office of the Dean, John Molson School of Business
    Alexandra Panaccio Ph.D. – Associate Professor, John Molson School of Business
    Ingrid Chadwick, Ph.D. – Associate Professor, John Molson School of Business
    Étienne Borgeat, CEO and Co-Founder of PsyXnovation
    Hubert Bolduc, President and CEO, Montréal International
    Bastien Poulain, Founder and CEO, 1642

How can candidates submit an application?

    Candidates can either submit their own application or be recommended by someone. To submit your own application, simply fill in the complete online form. If the application qualifies, a Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton representative will contact the candidate to complete the file and fill in the questionnaire for the category for which the person has applied.

    The 16 finalists will be revealed in February 2019 and the four winners will be announced at the awards Gala on May 9, 2019.

    It is also possible to quickly recommend a candidate by completing the short online form. Simply enter the candidate’s contact information and your own contact information. Once the form is submitted, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton will contact the candidate to inform them that their nomination has been submitted and provide them with instructions to complete and submit their nomination for consideration.

What are the selection process and key dates to remember?

    Reception of nomination documents will be held from September 26, 2018 to December 20, 2018.

    A Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton representative will meet with all candidates between October 2018 and January 2019 to collect additional information based on the award category and obtain key performance indicators to complete their nomination.

    Only candidates that have passed steps 1 and 2 will move on to the first round of selection, which will take place from January 1 to February 8, 2019. A review committee, composed of professionals from Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton and students from the MBA and Executive MBA programs of the John Molson School of Business, will review and evaluate the nominations to select four finalists per category for the second round of selection. The 16 finalists will go through the Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s due diligence process and must be available in February 2019.

    All candidates who have completed steps 1 and 2 will be invited to an event in late January 2019. This forum of agents of change will be an opportunity for all candidates and management students to get to know each other and discuss the factors that make Quebec businesses grow and flourish. The 16 finalists will be announced in February 2019.

    The second round of selection will be held in April 2019 and will allow the selection committee to determine the winners in the four categories.

    The awards will be presented on May 9, 2019, in Montreal. 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!

What are the benefits of participation?

    Winners will enhance their reputation within the business community, the university community and the general public in Quebec. They will also enjoy privileged media and promotional visibility.

    Participants will take advantage of numerous business opportunities and new contacts, while getting to meet inspiring people and discover the agents of change who are shaping the future of Quebec entrepreneurship.

What are the selection criteria?

    The contest is open to all professionals, who take part in the development of businesses throughout Quebec, regardless of the business sector and the type of organization in which they evolve. A candidate for the Person of the Year Awards may submit his or her nomination in up to two categories and must meet the criteria for each of them. During the evaluation and selection process, the selection committee will focus on:

    • Scope of their accomplishments (risks taken, dedication, perseverance, etc.);
    • Financial performance;
    • Involvement in mentoring activities;
    • Community involvement;
    • Vision;
    • Innovation.


    Please refer to the rules section for more information.

Are there fees to register or submit a nomination?

    No. Submitting a nomination is totally free of charge.

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

    Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is a leading firm present throughout Quebec that is constantly innovating, while the John Molson School of Business is setting the tone for the new generation of business schools in Quebec with a strong connection to the community.

    The objective is to capitalize on the strength of the two organizations’ networks to celebrate known or soon-to-be-known business people who are actively involved in the development of visionary local businesses and the emergence of tomorrow’s talent.

    Additionally, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton has ties to Concordia University and the John Molson School of Business due in part to the many graduates from this establishment within our firm.

Where can I find more information on the contest?

    To learn more, you can also contact us by email at [email protected] or by phone at 514-878-2692, extension 5761.


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