07 Mar 2012

Americas Deals of the Year Awards : The CHUM Collectif Consortium Awarded the 2011 North American Project Bond Deal of the Year and the Prestigious 2011 Overall North American Deal of the Year Awards

 “Having been involved with the project since 2006, our entire team is very proud of this distinction.”
– Emilio Imbriglio, Partner and Chairman of the Board of Directors

MONTREAL, Québec, March 7, 2012 – Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is proud to highlight the international recognition received by the Université de Montréal Hospital Centre (CHUM) financing project in New York on March 1, 2012. Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton participated in this project as a financing, procurement and process consultant for Infrastructure Québec.

They key stakeholders in the CHUM financing project were awarded the 2011 North American Project Bond Deal of the Year Award and the 2011 Overall North American Deal of the Year Awards during the 13th Annual Americas Deals of the Year Ceremony organized by Project Finance Magazine, Euromoney Publications’ flagship international infrastructure finance title.

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is very proud to share the honours with representatives from other public partners behind this large-scale project including Infrastructure Québec and Clermont Gignac, Executive Director of the CHUM, the McGill University Health Centre and the Sainte-Justine Hospital Mother-Child University Hospital Centre projects.

“Having been involved with the project since 2006, our entire team is very proud of this distinction. This project is extremely complex due to its urban morphology and various phases. Consortiums must come up with financial solutions in a situation where construction and demolition sites are one and the same. The financial risks of a package like this have never been managed on such a large scale. We are very pleased that the CHUM has received this important recognition and proud of the important role Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton played in the project, which was the largest 2011 public-private partnership project in the world,” notes Emilio Imbriglio, Chairman of RCGT’s Board of Directors, Partner in Charge of its Corporate Finance Consulting Group and President of Grant Thornton Raymond Chabot Infrastructure Inc.

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is pleased to be associated with this prestigious international distinction that recognizes the expertise of know-how of its experts in a promising sector and to have contributed to this project.

“We are proud to have supported the Quebec government in all steps of this prestigious project. Stakeholders from both the public and private sectors played a determining role in the success of the project’s financing. I congratulate them on this major contribution and thank them for trusting us at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton. We are proud of this project’s results and the international outreach gained for Quebec,” adds Samuel Pickering, Partner and finance consulting specialist at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton.

About Emilio Imbriglio, CA, MBA, CFE, Partner
Emilio Imbriglio is Chairman of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s Board of Directors and Partner in Charge of the Firm’s Corporate Finance Consulting Group. A creative individual, he has built an enviable reputation as both a skilled negotiator and consultant. He is a key government infrastructure and financing advisor. Moreover, he has taken part in large-scale merger and acquisition, securitization and financing transactions. Mr. Imbriglio is also President of Grant Thornton Raymond Chabot Infrastructure Inc., which has operations throughout Canada and is headquartered in Montréal. His leadership and ability to build consensus and gain a quick understanding of the major issues at hand make him an essential, credible, recognized player who is highly-respected and appreciated by business decision makers and departmental and government authorities alike.

About Samuel John Pickering, CIPFA (UK), Partner
A financial consulting specialist, particularly on large-scale projects such as the university hospital centers in Quebec, Sam Pickering joined the Firm in September 2007 and has been a Partner since January 2009. Before immigrating to Canada, he held several leadership positions in the field of finance within the National Healthcare Service, and, in his role of as financial consultant, was responsible for the procurement processes in the PPP sector. He has contributed to 35 PPP projects in the hospital sector, both in the United Kingdom and Canada. The majority of these projects are ongoing or at the development phase.

About Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton
Founded in 1948, today Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is a leader in the fields of assurance, taxation, consulting services, business recovery and reorganization. Its strength is based on a team of over 2,200 people including over 230 partners in more than 90 offices in Québec, eastern Ontario and New Brunswick. The scope of its network makes it the leader in its business segment. 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. Grant Thornton Raymond Chabot Infrastructure Inc. has operations throughout Canada and is headquartered in Montréal.

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For more information:
Marie-Eve Carignan
Senior Communications Consultant
Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton
514 668-9187
carignan.marie-eve@rcgt.com