22 May 2014

MONTRÉAL, May 22, 2014 – Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton proudly acknowledges the success of two Quebec businesses, Lassonde Industries Inc. and Ultima Foods, recipients of 2014 Leadership Awards. These awards are presented by the Food in Canada food and beverage processing magazine and sponsored by Grant Thornton LLP.

“Recognizing the excellence, talent and passion of dynamic Quebec businesses and helping them grow are important to Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton. This is why we are proud to acknowledge the outstanding contribution of two Quebec agrifood businesses that are national and international success stories. Their accomplishments serve as an inspiration for all Quebec enterprises,” stated President and CEO, Emilio B. Imbriglio.

“Optimism in the food and beverage sector is high according to the A Hunger for Growth: Food and Beverage Looks to the Future report released in December 2013. The study indicates that an improved global economic outlook creates a favourable climate for the food and beverage sector. All the more reason for Quebec to have innovative, committed businesses that are able to capitalize on this opportunity,” concluded Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Partner Guy Barthell, from the Management Consulting Group and Agrifood specialist.

About the Quebec winners

Ultima Foods, Longueuil, Quebec, (Growth Award)

Ultima Foods took the bold decision to launch a full line of yogurt products under its own brand name, İÖGO, and brought it to market in only 16 months. The team was starting from scratch: with no brand name, product names, recipes, packaging or bar codes, and nothing in the stores. In an industry dominated by multinationals, the risks were extremely high. But thanks to the expertise of local employees, the launch was highly successful, and the company’s market share was already 12.3% within ten weeks.

Leadership Awards - Ultima

Growth Award (left to right) First row: Emilio B. Imbriglio, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton President and CEO, Gerry Doutre, Ultima Foods President and CEO and Guy Barthell, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Partner in the Management Consulting Group. Second row: Ultima Foods Management Committee members, Mario Proulx, Robert Bourbonnais, Alain David, Lucie Rémillard, Robert Rochon, Michel Cusson, Sylvain Dionne and Patrick Dumais.

Lassonde Industries Inc., Rougemont, Quebec, (Community & Industry Leadership Award)

For this Quebec juice producer, giving back to the community is fundamental to its business philosophy. Involvement in community-based programs that emphasize health, education and sport includes community programs like Start2Finish and Tel-Jeunes. The company also supports the health and wellness of employees and is active within their industry, including involvement in the founding of an organization of provincial food and beverage producers and allowing managers to donate three weeks of their time to counsel fledgling businesses in developing countries.

Leadership Awards - Lassonde inc.

Community & Industry Leadership Award (left to right), Guy Barthell, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Partner in the Management Consulting Group, Jean Gattuso, President and Chief Operating Officer and President and CEO of A. Lassonde Inc. and Bernard Grandmont, Assurance Partner and Managing Partner of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s Brossard office.

About Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton

Founded in 1948, today Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is a leader in the fields of assurance, tax, consulting services, business recovery & reorganization. Its strength is based on a team of more than 2,400 people including some 230 partners in more than 100 offices in Quebec, eastern Ontario and New Brunswick. For the past 30 years, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton has been a member of Grant Thornton International Ltd providing its clients with the expertise of the member and correspondent firms in more than 100 countries.



Marie-Eve Carignan
Manager, Communications and Public Relations
Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton
Tel: 514-954-4611
[email protected]

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20 May 2014

This May 6, the Sherbrooke office of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton launched a book to mark its 75-year presence in the Eastern Townships regional capital.

Entitled “De Charles-Émile Bélanger à Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton”, this unique work is the culmination of several years of effort and research by many people at the Sherbrooke office. We should specially mention the contribution of Claude Métras, public relations attaché for the Eastern Townships region, who assembled a strong team to carry out this masterful project.

Réal Létourneau, Peter Southam & Claude Métras
(From left to right) During the launch, Réal Létourneau, Vice-President of the Eastern Townships Region, was accompanied by Peter Southam, President of the Sherbrooke Historical Society, and Claude Métras, the project leader. Congratulations to everyone who contributed to this clear success!

Please note that the book cannot be purchased, but is available for consultation at the Bibliothèque nationale and at the reception desk of the Sherbrooke office. For more information on the creative process that led to the production of this magnificent document, enriched with archival photos, see the article published in La Tribune this May 8.

We also remind you that a grand event, bringing together over 500 clients, business partners and employees, was held on November 14, 2013 to celebrate the firm’s 75th anniversary in style.

You can also view the slide show to see the archiving images from the book “De Charles-Émile Bélanger à Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton”.

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20 May 2014

On May 9, 2014, the Partner in Charge of the Strategy & Performance Consulting Group and Municipal Sector Leader, Pierre Fortin, was the guest of TV host Gérald Fillion to discuss pension plans, along with the show’s panelists, former Minister Liza Frulla and former MNA Pierre Paquette.

In the context of an aging population, where workers work fewer years than in the past and where the retirement years last longer, pension funds are facing a major deficit. Pierre Fortin explained the ins and out of this current issue, especially the question of municipal defined benefit plans.

This new show, broadcast on RDI, seeks to explain, break down and decipher the issues.

Watch the show

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16 May 2014

Over 300 people from the community gathered this past May in “Le Rizz” reception hall in Saint-Léonard, for the Fondation de l’hôpital Marie-Clarac Benefit Cocktail.

$100,000 objective exceeded

Under the honorary co-chairmanship of the Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s President and CEO, Emilio B. Imbriglio, and the General Manager of Montreal’s Caisse Populaire Canadienne Italienne, Mariano A. De Carolis, the event raised $103,000 to benefit the Oasis de Paix project, the new palliative care pavilion of Hôpital Marie-Clarac, which will open its doors in 2014.
As Emilio B. Imbriglio told the guests during the activity:

Contributing to the development of this Oasis of Peace is a remarkable achievement, like all the other works of the Sisters of Charity of St. Mary.

The place where the centre is constructed is absolutely magnificent. The hospital’s environment is conducive to tranquillity and the surrounding landscape gives the impression that we are in a true haven of peace.

The 18 palliative care rooms and the 15 multipurpose care rooms will surely allow our loved ones to experience happy days, surrounded by an attentive and devoted team.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this evening and to the commitment of all the members of the campaign team, especially the Honorary Co-Chair, Sister Pierre Anne Mandato.


From left to right:

Mr. Raymond Paquin, Secretary-Treasurer and Founder of the Foundation
Mr. Michael Fratianni, Chairman of the Board of the Foundation, CEO of Montreal Gateway Terminals Partnership
Mr. Emilio B. Imbriglio, President and CEO, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton
Sister Pierre Anne Mandato, Director of Hôpital Marie-Clarac
Mr. Mariano De Carolis, General Manager of Montreal’s Caisse Populaire Canadienne Italienne
Ms. Danielle Poirier, Director of the Foundation

Read the article published in Le Guide de Montréal-Nord