21 Jun 2017

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton celebrated 60 years of history in Matane on June 4, 2017, with a special dinner attended by employees, professionals and current partners to honour founder, Gérard Lavoie, and builders and former partner, Réal Bélanger, Hugues Dion and Jacques Gendron.

Emilio B. Imbriglio, President and CEO, and the Regional Vice-President, spoke about Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s leading position in the Matane region’s business community. Michel Proulx stated, “We stay in the lead thanks to our people, our talent and our founders who opened an accounting firm in Matane in 1957. I’m proud of my fellow partners, René Gauthier, Yves Gauthier, Guy Lemieux and Gino Gosselin, for their professionalism and community involvement.”

“There are four generations of workers in this room, and our greatest strength is that each one brings it own contribution and its own solutions to the challenges it faces,” he added. His words were a reflection of Emilio B. Imbriglio’s speech that described the firm’s new leading-edge services Taxō and Operiō.

Paying homage to Gérard Lavoie, Matane office founder

A business is only as good as the sum of its talent

During dinner, Mr René Gauthier made a point of recognizing the importance of team work and the quality and dedication of the staff in the Matane office (which also includes Amqui and Sainte-Anne-des-Monts). “It is, first and foremost, thanks to our talent that we have been able to maintain our leading position in the Matane region. We are proud to count on a team of dedicated and loyal professionals, some of whom have been with us for over forty years.”

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton in Matane, the Lower St. Lawrence, the Gaspé and Edmundston

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s history in Matane began in January 1957 with the opening of Caron, Corriveau, Renaud et associés. By 1984, that firm had offices in Montmagny, La Pocatière, Matane, Rivière-du-Loup, Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, Chandler and New Richmond. With lots of plans to expand and in order to meet his clients’ needs, founder Gérald Lavoie negotiated the merger of these seven offices with Raymond Chabot Martin Paré, which would become Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton in 1998.

This signaled the start of new era for the Lower St. Lawrence offices, Matane and their clients. The traditional accounting firm was transformed and businesses could now count on numerous specialists and assurance, tax and advisory services to evolve in a structured, competitive business environment.

Today, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton boasts a network of 14 offices and four service outlets throughout the Lower St. Lawrence, Gaspé and Edmundston region and is part of a large national and international network.

Left to right: Michel Proulx, Regional Vice-President, Yves Gauthier, René Gauthier and Guy Lemieux, Matane office partners, Jacques Gendron, former partner, Emilio B. Imbriglio, Gérard Lavoie, founder, Gino Gosselin, Matane office partner, and Réal Bélanger, former partner. Missing: Hughes Dion, former partner.

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20 Jun 2017

Sherbrooke, June 20th, 2017 — Committed to supporting the region’s art community, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s Sherbrooke office and La Grande Virée Artistique de Sherbrooke are honouring a fresh new talent with the Claude Métras Award (Prix Claude Métras).

The art show will be held from June 21st to September 1st, 2017 at the firm’s offices. We are welcoming the public to attend and view an artwork display from 19 up and coming artists and vote for their favourite pieces.

“We are thrilled to be associated with this art show hosted in our office and to welcome the public for a viewing. We have been hosting these events for more than 30 years in order to promote the emergence of young local artists. We are proud to support the arts and young talents.” stated Mr. Guy Fauteux, Vice President of the Eastern Townships of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton.

La Grande Virée Artistique de Sherbrooke is once again proud to partner  with the top accounting firm in Québec to help promote local artists’ art work within the community. Our artists’ talent deserve better recognition and partnering  with the business community demonstrates our commitment to provide them with the means to fulfill their goals and ambitions”, concluded Ms. Nancy Asselin,  President of the organization.

About Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton

Founded in 1948, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton has become a Canadian leader in the fields of assurance, taxation, consulting services, business recovery and insolvency. The strength of the firm lies in a team of over 2,300 people, including 200 partners. Together, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton and Grant Thornton LLP, another Canadian member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd, help the Canadian dynamic organizations unlock their maximum growth potential, with more than 4,200 people working in 140 offices across Canada. Grant Thornton International Ltd gives its clientele access to the expertise from member and correspondent firms located in more than 130 countries, with over 47,000 professionals.

About La Grande Virée Artistique de Sherbrooke

La Grande Virée Artistique de Sherbrooke was founded in 2002 under the initiative of a group of Sherbrooke artists, renowned on the provincial and national stages. This event is a summer road circuit, covering the six boroughs of Sherbrooke, and takes place over two long weekends, spreading from the end of June to the beginning of July. It highlights the local artistic talents, whether in visual arts or crafts. For the past 15 years, La Grande Virée Artistique de Sherbrooke has promoted more than a hundred artists in Sherbrooke’s cultural community. It’s a significant event offered to art-lovers interested in discovering different worlds, learn about various techniques and expertise, and have an opportunity to meet and talk with the artists.

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Source:
Sarah Ouannou
Media Consultant
Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton
Tél. : 514 878-2692 ext. 5717
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19 Jun 2017

Are you among the 25% of Canadian owners who are only paying interest or the bare minimum on their home equity line of credit? If so, be careful because even if the rate is better than that of a regular line of credit, with a home equity line of credit, you’re only paying back the interest without necessarily paying part of the capital. The Financial Consumer Agency of Canada is warning consumers of the potential indebtedness dangers of such a product.

Pier-Paul Belzil-Lacasse, Lead Senior Manager, Turnaround and Licensed Insolvency Trustee, comments on the situation and offers advice for properly managing a home equity line of credit during an interview with TVA Abitibi-Témiscamingue (go to 12 min 5 sec) on June 9, 2017.

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13 Jun 2017

In a Journal de Montréal article published on May 5th, Éric Lebel, Partner and Licensed Insolvent Trustee, analyzed the situation of a 79 year old divorced man with a gambling problem, low income, seven credit cards and over $30,000 in debt!

“Because of his low income, he’ll never be able to repay his credit card debt. Bankruptcy may be the only viable option. It’s a last resort, but in the circumstances, he should seriously consider this alternative in order to recover his financial health,” Lebel stated.

Over 40% of insolvency cases involve people 50 years of age and over

Lebel went on to say, “When people retire, they don’t change their spending habits and use their credit card to compensate. Over time, their debt increases and their situation becomes unmanageable.”

For more information, go to the May 5th article in the Journal de Montréal.

Five Tips to Help Seniors Reduce Their Debt

If you’d like to learn more about indebtedness over the age of 50, you can also listen to Éric Lebel’s interesting article on Salut Bonjour from May 12th, where he draws a portrait of over-indebtedness in this population segment and gives five debt reduction tips.