14 Nov 2018

We’re hearing more and more about artificial intelligence and how it’s changing our every day life.

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton recently completed an assignment for the Commission scolaire du Val-des-Cerfs (CSVDC) in the Granby region that demonstrates exactly this point.The goal? Identify Grade 6 students who represent a significant risk of dropping out in the next three years.

The solution? Our firm, through its artificial intelligence and advanced analytics advice service, has contributed to the development of a computer algorithm that can identify future drop-outs with a 92% accuracy rate! To do this, we compiled 300 different factors in the file of each of the 60,000 students who had studied at the CSVDC since 2002.

To learn more, read the article that was published in La Presse+ on November 1, 2018 (in French only). You can also read the English version of this article at National Newswatch.

Our world is evolving at lightning speed and is transforming business practices. Discover all of our digital and technology consulting services!

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07 Nov 2018

A recent article in the Journal de Québec on the personal finances of new Family Minister, Mathieu Lacombe, has caused a lot of reaction.

While the article included several details, basically, because of a family situation, he accrued considerable debt and made a proposal to his creditors to resolve the problem.

According to Pier-Paul Belzil-Lacasse, Lead Senior Manager and Licensed Insolvency Trustee, this situation is far from unique. He stated that in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region alone, each year, some 400 people make a proposal to their creditors.

For more information on this solution to indebtedness, you can view his October 25th interview on TVA Nouvelles.

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07 Nov 2018

What is the future of financial services? Which solutions and action plans must financial institutions put in place to face the challenges of open innovation and artificial intelligence?

In an ever-changing world, financial technologies are disrupting financial institutions’ usual business models by offering technological solutions that are better tailored to their clients. With the arrival of new technologies like open innovation and the emergence of artificial intelligence, their business model will have to adapt.

In light of these numerous challenges, Emilio B. Imbriglio, President and CEO of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, acted as the moderator of an international panel of speakers at the FinTech Forum on October 30, 2018.

The panel also included:

  • Kelly Peeler, CEO and Co-Founder of NextGenVest.com, which helps students manage student loans via text messages thanks to artificial intelligence and human advisors. She was named on the Forbes’ top 30 Under 30, Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business and Goldman Sachs’s 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs and named a White House’s #StartTheSpark Ambassador;
  • Christopher Oster, CEO and Co-Founder of CLARK, a digital platform that makes it easy to buy new insurance while managing existing contracts;
  • Sébastien Fiaux, CEO and Founder of SFJ Technologies, a business that helps clients manage significant returns thanks to sophisticated mathematical models and science;
  • David Souaid, President and Co-Founder of the Evolocity financial group, which proposes technology-based solutions to provide working capital to Canadian SMEs;
  • Kathryn Petralia, President and Co-Founder of Kabbage Inc., a completely automated platform that allows clients to benefit from cash resources for their small businesses in a matter of minutes;

This conference was an opportunity to highlight their activities and discuss the challenges facing the financial industry – in particular the search for technological innovation sources to ensure innovation and competitiveness in a market with fierce competition and numerous competitors.

Artificial intelligence represents new business opportunities while improving efficiency and client services. It’s essential for financial institutions to ensure that they have a competitive, cutting-edge organization while efficiently responding to market uncertainties, the needs and expectations of clients and rapidly growing competition.

Today we’re entering a new era of technological transformation where everything is possible. It’s up to us to seize the opportunities that present themselves!

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26 Oct 2018

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton advises MTL Grandé Camera on a refinancing transaction.

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is pleased to congratulate MTL Grandé Camera (“Grandé Camera”) on the successful closing of a refinancing with a new lender.

Grandé Camera is a leading provider of equipment and studio rental services for the television and movie production industries in Quebec and Ontario. Grandé Camera carries an extensive range of audio-visual, lighting, pre- and post-production equipment, and, combined with its multiuse studios, provides customers with the convenience of a one-stop shop for all their production requirements.

Grandé Camera will use the additional capital to support its growth plan with important investments in working capital and capital expenditures.

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton acted as exclusive financial advisor to Grandé Camera.

‘‘Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton played a significant role with respect to the development and execution of Grandé Camera’s refinancing strategy. The Corporate Finance team provided key advice and supported management on important decisions throughout the financing process. The time was short, and the pressure was high. Walid and Saki proved to be not only good advisors, but involved themselves like real partners would. Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton will definitely handle my next transaction,” says Iohann Martin, President and CEO, Grandé Camera.

To learn more about how Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton can help meet the needs of your business, please contact our deal team.