12 Sep 2019

MONTRÉAL, September 12, 2019 – Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is proud to partner again with Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business for the second edition of the Person of the Year Awards.

Candidate applications will be received from September 11, 2019 to November 30, 2019 and the contest is open to leaders from across Quebec. Nominations can be recommended or submitted directly online.

The Person of the Year Awards celebrate business people who are actively involved in the development of local visionary companies and the emergence of tomorrow’s talent.

Emilio B. Imbriglio, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton President and CEO said: “The Person of the Year Awards are an opportunity to celebrate trailblazing Quebec leaders who bring local and international exposure to Quebec. The first edition was an undeniable success and we encourage other business leaders to submit their candidacy for this contest.”

A productive collaboration between academia and business

Anne-Marie Croteau, Dean of the John Molson School of Business stated: “The Person of the Year Awards are unique in that they help inspire students at the John Molson School of Business. Our goal is to make our teaching as rigorous and practical as possible, so that our graduates are ready to contribute to Quebec’s economy and social development. The association between Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton and the John Molson School of Business makes this all the more tangible and relevant for our future leaders.”

Award categories

The Person of the Year Awards contest recognizes both established and up-and-coming leaders and those working in the background who make a difference, be it through innovation, international development, strategic transactions or strong leadership.

  • Eclipse: Entrepreneur or executive who eclipses the competition and transforms the industry through a culture of innovation. A leader who moves the market or creates a brand new one.
  • Glocal: Entrepreneur or executive who has contributed to the international advancement of a Quebec-based company while creating jobs locally.
  • Instinct: Leader of an investment team who carried out a transaction that ensures the growth of a local leading-edge business.
  • Person of the Year: Entrepreneur or executive whose vision and leadership have carried the organization to a new level.

A multifaceted selection committee

The Selection Committee is composed of John Molson School of Business professors and inspiring leaders from the world of business in Quebec:

  • Hubert Bolduc, President and CEO, Montréal International
  • Étienne Borgeat, President and CEO and Co-Founder, PsyXnovation
  • Ingrid Chadwick, Ph. D., Associate Professor, John-Molson School of Business
  • Stéphane Brutus, Professor, John Molson School of Business
  • Alexandra Panaccio, Ph. D., Vice-Rector and Associate Professor, John Molson School of Business
  • Bastien Poulain, President and CEO and Founder, 1642

Important dates

Candidacies will be received between September 11, 2019 and November 30, 2019. The 16 finalists will be announced in March 2020 and the four winners will be revealed at the Gala event in May 2020 in Montréal.

A look back at the first edition

During the inaugural Person of the Year Awards Gala, more than 500 people gathered at the Salle des pas perdus in Windsor Station to recognize leaders who dared to dream. The first Person of the Year cohort showcased four leaders who, in their own way, contributed to the success of their business and Quebec as a whole: Dominic Gagnon, Co-Founder, Connect&Go, Patrice Marin, Co-Founder, district m and Marie-Claude Boisvert, Partner, Clearspring Capital Partners. Lino A. Saputo, Jr., President and CEO, Saputo Inc. received the Person of the Year award. Lastly, Nathalie Lehoux, Happy President of Pacini, received the “Jury’s Choice” award.

To find out more about the selection criteria and process and important dates to submit or recommend a candidate, visit www.rcgt.com/en/awards.

About Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton
Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is a professional services firm dedicated to the success of organizations and their leaders since 1948. The firm‘s advisors are committed to helping clients thrive by obtaining a deep understanding of what is important to them, their business and their industry. This knowledge, combined with a team of motivated and talented professionals help accelerate growth. A Quebec and Canadian leader in the areas of assurance, tax, advisory services and business recovery and reorganization, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton boasts more than 2,600 professionals, including approximately 200 partners, working in over 100 offices across the province of Quebec and in the Ottawa and Edmundston regions.

Together with Grant Thornton LLP, another Canadian firm, and the Grant Thornton global organization, our global footprint spans across more than 135 countries with over 53,000 people who provide real insight, a fresh perspective and agility to keep clients moving ahead.

About John Molson School of Business
Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business is one of the largest business schools in the world. Focused on academic excellence, John Molson School of Business provides an engaging learning and research environment that inspires us to go beyond the commonplace for the development of business and society. Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business since 1997, John Molson School of Business offers programs at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels. John Molson School of Business’s internationally renowned faculty members are constantly pushing the boundaries of business research, and its experiential learning activities provide students with hands-on training that complements classroom instruction. The school’s state-of-the-art facilities are housed in the LEED Silver-certified John Molson School of Business Building, the vibrant green centre of Concordia University’s Sir George Williams Campus in downtown Montréal.

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Francis Letendre
Head – Public Affairs
Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton
Tel.: 514-390-4201
[email protected]

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19 Aug 2019

With more than twenty-five years of professional experience in North America and Europe, Vincent Cartier joins Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s management consulting team.

Vincent Cartier’s arrival in our Management Consulting team will solidify the firm’s risk management and internal audit expertise thanks to the 25 years of professional experience in North America and Europe.

Vincent is motivated by the practical assistance he provides his clients. He supports organizations in various sectors in setting business risk priorities and developing efficient and effective risk management methods. He believes “that there is nothing more rewarding than hearing ‘Thank you!’ from a satisfied client.”

A stronger service offering

In his new role, Vincent will be working with Nicolas Plante, Partner and Leader of the Management Consulting Group and his team.

“We are very pleased to welcome Vincent to our team. His wide-ranging experience with large corporations and extensive business network will help further expand our group’s significant service offering,” says Nicolas Plante.

Vincent Cartier

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13 Aug 2019

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is proud to join forces with CCH Tagetik to offer a new automated performance management solution across Canada.

This tool supports the finance department’s consolidation, analysis and reporting processes as well as the finance and operations departments’ planning and budgeting process.

Thanks to the new partnership, one of the only ones between CCH Tagetik and a Canadian firm, the firm can offer its clients the opportunity to lower the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). This solution streamlines and modernizes budgeting and planning processes, shortens close and consolidation cycles, accelerates the financial reporting process and easily generates in-depth analyses. It has an easy to integrate open, unified and multiplatform architecture.

David Mayrand, Partner, Management Consulting, stated: “In practical terms, this tool serves to simplify up to 70% of the planning cycle, accelerates the closing processes by 50% and reduces reporting time by 40%. These are substantial benefits that we are pleased to offer our clients.”

The new association between Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton and CCH Tagetik expands the EPM solutions offering, which also includes IBM Planning Analytics and SAP BPC.

Our certified experts can help you find the best technology solution for your business. Contact us today to find out how to optimize your financial performance.

To learn more about the CCH Tagetik performance management solution, go to www.tagetik.com.

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07 Aug 2019

The inclusion of every person in his or her workplace, regardless of gender expression or sexual orientation is key for employees’ wellness and any organization’s long-term prosperity.

Four members of the Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton family showed great generosity, conviction and open-mindedness in agreeing to tell us a bit about their personal history in order to help remove the taboos that may affect LGBT individuals in their personal and professional lives.

Joëlle Bélanger – Marketing Advisor

Being a lesbian is not something I brag about, it’s just who I am. Is it easy to respect who you are? It takes time! In my old job, when someone first asked me that infamous question, “Do you have a boyfriend?” I didn’t respect who I was and said no. That much was true, I didn’t have one. On the other hand, nobody asked if I had a girlfriend!

For three years, because of that “No”, my colleagues thought I was a single heterosexual. For three years, I continued to live a lie, without talking about my girlfriend and our daily lives.

When I started at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, I swore to myself that I would respect who I am. I didn’t waste any time. On my first day, I think it might have been one of the first things I said to my colleagues. I didn’t want to live a lie anymore. I quickly realized from my team’s reaction that they didn’t really care about my sexual orientation. It was an open-mindedness that makes me feel good and lets me be who I am.

Many people still suffer in silence and freeze when asked a trivial question that causes them discomfort. For a heterosexual, it’s simple, for someone who’s gay, it’s a whole different story.

Joëlle Bélanger

Sylvain Prince – Partner – Regional Director of Professional Standards

How can you be true to your homosexuality at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton? I’d never asked myself that before, because I never felt different from my heterosexual colleagues, or felt that I was treated differently or labelled.

My career at the firm started when I did my university training here almost 20 years ago, the same year I “came out” to my university friends and met my partner. Never did I feel judged or that my career was hampered because of my sexual orientation. On the contrary, I was recognized for my skills and given the opportunity to take on several professional challenges, such as being named partner recently.

Because I accept who I am, my colleagues and clients know all about it and I think it’s easier for everyone. I don’t feel uneasy talking about my personal life with clients or colleagues or when my spouse joins me for activities.

When I announced to my colleagues that my spouse and I were going to have a child this fall with a surrogate mother, you should have seen how happy they were, there may even have been a few tears of joy!

In short, I truly believe that you can be quite comfortable in your homosexuality at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton and pursue your career freely.

Sylvain Prince

Christine Régimbal – Partner

I’ve been a proud member of the Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton family for more than 28 years, as well as partner of the firm for almost 18 now. This firm has provided me with many opportunities as well as the tools to strive to achieve my full potential.

It has always offered me a positive work environment and over the years, just like society, our business has evolved into a very accepting work place. As a partner involved in student recruitment, I proudly speak of my wife to the potential candidates. It’s important they understand that Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton offers an environment of inclusiveness and acceptance, and that everyone is encouraged to be themselves.

I’ve recently had the honor of being reelected to the firm’s partnership Board by my peers for a second term. I’m very grateful to my partners for the trust they have shown me and I’m honored to be representing them on the Board.

Christine Regimbal

Patrick Danis – Senior Marketing Advisor

Have you ever had to make a “big announcement” to people around you, whether it was positive or negative? As members of the LGBT community, we often have to make an “announcement” about who we are, which, to me, has often seemed somewhat unfair. So, imagine now that you’re arriving in a new work environment and you have to reveal something about your personal history to people you barely know.

When I started at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, I came from a company where, for almost 10 years, I was very open about myself. Now I had to start all over… At the same time, someone I knew once told me, “If you act like it’s not normal, then that’s the message you’ll be sending”.

So, I decided to be totally up front with my new colleagues and my “news” barely had any impact. We just kept talking about our lives, like anyone else would, regardless of their sexual orientation. It’s important to feel good about yourself at work. And thanks to you, dear colleagues, that’s how I feel every day. Thank you!

Patrick Danis

Message from Emilio B. Imbriglio – President and Chief Executive Officer

As I read these words, I felt extremely proud of my colleagues. Their words were moving and they have shown great generosity and courage in telling us their stories.

What I realized when I read the stories was their comfort in being themselves at work but also, a desire that all of our employees, regardless of their background, be able to thrive and be true to themselves at work, like these four inspiring people. Thank you Joëlle, Sylvain, Christine and Patrick.

Since August 1, 2019, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is proud to be a member of Pride at Work, an organization that is working towards bringing down barriers to employment for LGBT individuals.