Upon your arrival at our Firm as an intern, you will be assigned a coach whose role will be to support you throughout your internship period and for the duration of your career at our firm.
Your coach is a guide who will help you integrate your new team and support you while you perform the tasks assigned to you. You will benefit from your mentor’s experience while having the latitude and autonomy you need to develop professionally.
You can find out about two of these mentors in the videos below where they explain their crucial role in helping you shape your career. Enjoy!
When a Career Soars
Félix-Antoine Ste-Marie talks about his experience in our firm
A firm like ours plays host to people with different backgrounds, interests, personalities and expertise.
Félix-Antoine Ste-Marie, Tax Manager, talks about his career path and what drives him.
How is your career path unique?
I don’t know if I’d say that my career path is unique. There are many lawyers who decide to specialize in tax! But, in an accounting firm, I believe that this background gives me a certain perspective that has definitely helped me progress.
I have a Bachelor of Law, I studied common law, I’m a member of the Bar and I have a Master of Tax. It was a long process that eventually led me here. I was hired as a Consultant. After a year, I was appointed Senior Consultant and the following year, Manager.
If I was able to quickly take on more responsibility, I think it’s because I “landed” in a firm that doesn’t curb advancement. With the right attitude, the desire to learn and the necessary technical skills, you move forward quickly.
In your opinion, what’s the key to success?
If there’s one thing to remember in any job, but especially in tax, it’s this: no one expects you to have all the answers.
In school, we study the basics, but in the field, it’s something else entirely. The source of a problem is not always obvious, and the solution even less so. We’re usually in grey areas. Clients—often business leaders—have objectives in mind, and our team must find the best way to achieve them, taking many parameters into account.
Through all this, I serve as a kind of interpreter, a bridge between law firms, the authorities and accounting. This is where belonging to a multidisciplinary firm becomes a major asset. I have access to a wide range of expertise and points of view that allow me to delve into the problem and come up with a solution that I wouldn’t have considered otherwise.
By drawing on the wealth of our collective knowledge, we can help our clients more effectively. And that’s always our goal: to support people who are passionate about their business so they can grow and prosper. Their passion is contagious and motivates me to constantly develop my skills and always do better.
So, here’s my advice to succeed: ask questions, believe in yourself, never hesitate to ask for help and surround yourself with colleagues who want to see you progress.
In order to virtually transport potential recruits to the heart of their future work environment, robots have become loyal allies.
In fact, five robots baptized Julie, Ariane, Jessica, Antoine and Caroline have enabled future interns to connect to the work environment of several of our offices and exchange with the staff present.
Innovating to better adapt
When the virus disappears, it’s likely that telework will remain for many organizations. This exceptional situation is leading companies to innovate, with a view not only to remain agile in order to better weather this unprecedented crisis, but also to embark on the digital shift, a condition for successful competitiveness and to further ensure their prosperity.
Faced with this new reality, innovation must be at the heart of the talent recruiting process. In this regard, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton has shown originality by exploiting technologies for the benefit of young local talent.
During a virtual tour of eight of the firm’s offices (Brossard, Laval, Montréal, Val-d’Or, Rimouski, Québec City, Saint-Hyacinthe and Chicoutimi) reserved for university recruiting, more than 100 students were able to take an individual robot tour of the dynamic and friendly work environment of the office of their choice.
The robot tours were held from September 9 to 16, 2020 and a virtual fair also took place on September 17, 2020.
Technology at the service of recruiting
Macha Pohu, Vice-President, Talent & Culture, said: “Pandemic or not, recruiting talent remains a priority for all organizations, particularly in the context of labour shortages in many industries. Since Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton must continue its recruiting campaigns to attract and retain the best talent, these virtual robot tours of our offices, with the opportunity to chat live with colleagues from the firm, have made a valuable contribution. This technological initiative should continue to be used as a recruiting tool in the years to come, as the experience has proven to be a great success.”
This talent recruiting innovation showcases new techniques that are likely to be used by many employers.
Consult our human resource tips in the context of the “new” normal, particularly with regard to recruiting and telework.
The new social and professional landscape is driving people to broaden their horizons. The regions are gaining in popularity, particularly in eastern Quebec.
Periods of social upheaval are conducive to challenging one’s lifestyle. In June 2020, after a turbulent quarter, 41% of Quebecers said they were ready to change employers (Angus Reid survey). Greater openness to the new teleworking lifestyle also allows professionals to expand their options.
The appeal of wide-open spaces, combined with technological accessibility, are contributing to a resurgence of interest in settling in the regions, particularly in the territory covering the Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie and Edmundston.
Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton has positioned itself as a major employer that adapts to the needs of its environment and context in order to meet its people’s expectations.
What does it mean to work with us?
The regional experience aligns with the firm’s global vision and is based on the following principles:
Despite the distance, we are together virtually
Long before the pandemic, our teams were connected and equipped with state-of-the-art technology to respond to their clientele’s geographic and strategic context and regional, provincial and international networks.
For us, enjoyment and collaboration are essential
We are a united group. Our employees are known for their ability to listen to their clients, colleagues and collaborators. The team spirit that characterizes us is an important asset that contributes to successfully supporting our clients in the recovery of their business, safely and with agility.
Our successors are involved in the decision-making process
We believe that to see further as a professional also means having the opportunity to contribute to the development of the regional economic fabric, to participate in something greater. Our team makes room for young people, allowing them to get involved in various committees and progress quickly within their team.
We leverage differences
Within our firm, our service diversity and an appreciation for expertise make it possible for our staff to work on a wide range of files and client profiles and even explore career opportunities. The multitude of activity sectors in the territory is certainly reflected in the variety of our projects. Eligibility for subsidies means we have been able to help a significant number of companies from sectors particularly affected by the crisis.
Quality of life on a daily basis is our mantra
Flexible working hours, proximity to home, a long-standing absence of traffic, abundant nature, breathtaking scenery and teleworking are distinctive and valuable assets today.
Our regional signature is now part of a new setting, reflecting a whole new social and professional dimension. Our people convey the employer brand, discover them in our video clip and learn about their Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton experience. This unique moment illustrates the regional closeness that symbolizes the very essence of who we are: a firm with a human dimension.