07 Jul 2011

Montréal, July 7, 2011 – Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton applauds the Québec government’s announcement to implement the Western Climate Initiative’s (WCI) cap-and-trade credit system for greenhouse gas emissions. The system targets companies generating 25,000 tons and more of greenhouse gases (GHG) per year.

This announcement will allow Québec companies to start preparing now for the implementation of the cap-and-trade system and the transition period that will lead to enforcing the GHG regulations as of January 2013. The initiative will enable Québec to establish a schedule based on that of major WCI partners, such as California, Ontario and British Columbia,” said Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, Lead Senior Manager, Environment, Greenhouse Gases, Roger Fournier.

In our view, the gas emission allowance market, which is now being created in cooperation with the states of California and New Mexico and the provinces of Ontario and British Columbia, is excellent news for Québec companies. Once it is regulated, this market will benefit our entrepreneurs, who can capitalize on the advantages of a regulated market. The proposed system accepts up to 8% in offset credits for regulated entity emissions. We see this as a business opportunity for other Québec enterprises that will have reduced their emissions and, consequently, will be able to sell those offset credits,” added Advisory Partner, Gérald Daly.

In addition, implementation of the regulation in various North American markets should significantly benefit Québec companies using renewable energy. Thanks to our locally produced hydroelectricity, Québec companies enjoy a very low carbon balance sheet compared to their competitors in the United States and other Canadian provinces, which must deal with much more polluting energy sources.

Such a distinctive factor constitutes a real positioning opportunity for our companies, particularly in a market where responsible supply linked to sustainable development are favoured. A small carbon footprint is a very real comparative advantage that can be used by enterprises to set themselves,” concluded Mr. Fournier.

About Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton
Founded in 1948, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is a leader in the fields of assurance, taxation, consulting, business recovery and reorganization services. The Firm owes its success to a team of over 2,000 people, including over 225 partners in more than 90 offices in Quebec, eastern Ontario and New Brunswick. The scope of its network has made the Firm the leader in its sector of activities. Additionally, for more than thirty years now, our Firm has also been a member of Grant Thornton International Ltd., providing its clientele with access to the expertise of member and correspondent firms in over 100 countries. 

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Information:

Francis Letendre
Public Relations Consultant
Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton
Tel. : 514 390-4201
Cell. : 514 554-1685
letendre.francis@rcgt.com
www.rcgt.com

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05 Jul 2011

The first edition of the Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Classic was held from June 29-July 1, 2011 at the Club de golf du Bic in the Lower-Saint-Lawrence region.

This second stage of theYamaha Cart Plus circuit of the Association des golfeurs professionnels du Québec (AGP) was an amazing success! And what’s more Dave Lévesque, a local, was the big winner thanks to his eight below-par score.

The winner, Dave Lévesque (on the left), being awarded a $6,000 cheque from Michel Proulx (on the right), Vice-President of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s Lower-Saint-Lawrence/Gaspésie region

We should mention that the tournament was preceded by the RCGT Pro-am Challenge, where many of our partners and clients were able to tee off against the crème de la crème of the Quebec golf circuit! Hats off to our Vice-president Michel Proulx and his entire team for having made the Classic a successful event that delighted all of the participants.

Prominent media visibility

Thanks to its association with the AGP, the Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton name was featured province-wide over the past few days. Uur Firm was mentioned in several weeklies (Le Soleil, Le Nouvelliste, Le Quotidien, L’Avantage, La Presse, Journal de Montréal, etc.), and on Web sites (Cyberpresse, Canoë, RDS, CKAC, etc.) in addition to various radio or TV sports segments. Moreover, since the event was picked up by The Canadian Press, quite a few local print and weeklies re-ran the story, providing RCGT with prominent visibility.

Yvan Beauchemin tees off against golf legends

While the Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Classic was underway, Yvan Beauchemin was taking part for a second year in a row in the Championnat de Montréal, a PGA Champions tour featuring a host of golf legends. Although he was facing some stiff competition, Yvan Beauchemin, sponsored by our Firm, did well under the circumstances, finishing with a six-under par to rank 52nd overall in the tournament, which was won by John Cook.

To view the 2011 AGP tour schedule so that you can come out and support the crème de la crème of the Québec pro golf scene, go to our Web site at: www.rcgt.com/en/sports.

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04 Jul 2011

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is pleased to announce the signing of an agreement worth 13 750 $ with École d’entrepreneurship de Beauce, founded by Marc Dutil, President and CEO of Canam Group Inc., under which we will grant a scholarship to one of our clients. The amount represents half of the registration fees for one year of study in a two-year skills development program designed to train the next generation of entrepreneurs.

This financial contribution will promote access to this school’s unique expertise by enabling an experienced entrepreneur to be among the 30 entrepreneurs-in-training to be coached by established entrepreneurs, such as Marc Dutil, Gregory Charles, Robert Dutton, Mario Girard and Alain Lemaire.

We will keep you informed of our Firm’s events in the coming year designed to provide our current and potential clients with preferred access to these established entrepreneurs.

École d'entrepreneurship de Beauce For more information on École d’entrepreneurship de Beauce,
go to www.eebeauce.com.

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28 Jun 2011

“In addition to presenting a number of tournaments, we are sponsoring the Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Classic and Challenge. This exceptional visibility lives up the talents of our home-grown professional golfers.”
Marc Bergeron, Vice-President, Marketing

Montréal, June 28, 2011 – Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is proud to be the major sponsor of the Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Classic, which will be taking place from June 29 to July 1, 2011 at the Bic Golf Club, a beautiful site in the Lower Saint-Lawrence region.

“For our region, this represents a major event, which showcases the Lower Saint-Lawrence while giving its residents the opportunity to watch the biggest names on the Quebec professional golf circuit faceoff in an activity that brings our business people and many of our clients together”, said Michel Proulx, Regional Vice-President, Lower Saint-Lawrence – Gaspésie.

In addition to the Classic, which is part of the Circuit Yamaha Cart Plus tour, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is sponsoring the Québec pro golf circuit Challenge, which will be taking place on August 10, 11 and 12 on the magnificent fairways of the St-Raphael Golf Club. “We have ensured that the Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Challenge will be yet another opportunity to support local talent. For a Quebec-based organization such as ours, the partnership with the Association des golfeurs professionnels du Québec (AGP) reflects our desire to promote home-grown sports talent and further the development of our golfers”, said Marc Bergeron, Vice-President, Marketing.

Marc went on to say that: “We are also very pleased to renew our financial support of golf pro Yvan Beauchemin, who is ranked among the top five in the province, for a second straight year, and we’d like to wish him and all of the other AGP circuit golfers a successful season”.

To view the 2011 AGP tour schedule so that you can come out and support the crème de la crème of the Québec pro golf scene, go to our Web site at: www.rcgt.com/en/sports.

About Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton

Founded in 1948, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton has become one of the international leaders in assurance, taxation, consulting, and recovery and reorganization services. The Firm owes its success to over 2,000 employees, including 225 partners in over 90 offices in Quebec, Eastern Ontario and New Brunswick. For over 30 years now, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton has also been a member of Grant Thornton International Ltd, offering its clients access to the expertise of member and representative firms in more than 100 countries.

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Information:

Francis Letendre
Public Relations Consultant
Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton
Tel.: 514-390-4201
Cell.: 514-554-1685
letendre.francis@rcgt.com
www.rcgt.com