03 Nov 2016
Rémi Fortin
Partner | FCPA, FCA | Assurance

The 18th Soirée des Sommets, organized by the Robert-Cliche RCM’s Centre local de développement (Beauce Region), was held on October 26, 2016 at the Hôtel Nationale in Tring-Jonction. During the event, eight Sommet awards were remitted to businesses or entrepreneurs in the RCM that have been highly visible in the past two years and have contributed to the region’s sense of community. Claude Cliche, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Advisory Partner, was awarded the prestigious Sommet Enracinement award in honour of his 45 years of commitment to the region’s economic and social development.


Bertrand Jacques, Partner, Claude Cliche, Advisory Partner, Rémi Fortin, Partner in charge of the Beauce region, and Raymond Fortin, Partner

An exceptional career

A pillar of our organization in Beauce, Claude began his career with Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton (Latulippe, Cliche, Bourque, Gilbert et Associés at the time) in 1971. Recognized for his professionalism and personal touch, he advised a loyal and diversified clientele for many years.

Claude made a name for himself in the region, not only through his quality relationships with his business partners, but also through his community involvement, as a board member for economic and community organizations, among others. A true mentor, he always considered it his duty to share his knowledge and passion with his colleagues. It was only natural then that Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton appointed him as a firm ambassador for the 50th anniversary of the firm’s presence in Beauce.

Claude’s outstanding contribution was further recognized earlier this year when he received the Quebec Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for his volunteering¾another well-earned award for this exemplary member of the Saint-Joseph community.

Watch the video paying tribute to Claude Cliche at the Sommet Enracinement award night

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, official partner of the Soirée des Sommets

Our firm had the privilege of being the official partner of this year’s event that showcased some of our core values: boldness, vision and persistence. “We’ve been involved with this special event since its inception, however, this year, we were honoured to take on this prestigious role. Events such as the Soirée des Sommets contribute to the region’s economic growth, something that is very important to Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton. Seeing one of the firm’s pioneers and ambassadors receive such an honour is particularly fitting within the celebrations marking our 50 years in the region,” stated Rémi Fortin, Partner in Charge of the Beauce offices.

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27 Oct 2016

On October 12, 2016, the President and CEO of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, Emilio B. Imbriglio, capitalized on his time at the Société de développement économique de Drummondville’s forum to speak about tax issues, entrepreneurship and innovation before an audience of 200 business people.

Under the theme Oser: pour un Québec plus compétitif (Dare to make Quebec more competitive), Emilio shared the firm’s ideas for making Quebec businesses more competitive and by extension, the province more prosperous.

According to Emilio, “The current challenge is daring to offer a more competitive tax framework and innovative and profitable economic measures to stimulate the development of dynamic local organizations. Quebec is chock full of talent and has all of the resources it needs to flourish. We need to give our wealth-generating businesses more ways to achieve their full growth potential.”


President and CEO of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, Emilio B. Imbriglio, flanked by regional leaders during the luncheon conference. From left to right: Daniel Dubois, Vice-President of Canimex, Roger Dubois, President of Canimex, Emilio B. Imbriglio, Alexandre Cusson, Mayor of Drummondville and President of the Société de développement économique, and Guy Fauteux, Regional Vice-President of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton.

Economy-boosting Ideas

Here are some of the measures discussed by Emilio, which have been the firm’s public position for several years:

  • Abolishing the business tax for SMEs on the first $500,000 of earnings, provided that equivalent amounts are invested in production, employment and innovation. The investments would be subject to an accelerated capital cost allowance and could possibly be enhanced during the same year.
  • Setting up a fund to assist businesses so they can call upon external professionals to support them in their transfer process and in developing a succession plan.
  • Applying tax equity regarding business transfers to companies in all of Quebec and Canada’s economic sectors. The federal government needs to act quickly in this respect.
  • Creating an ecosystem that is favourable to the public listing of our wealth-creating businesses to boost entrepreneurship and business growth. (Measures related to the June 15, 2016 public report by the expert group formed by Claude Désy, lawyer at Dunton Rainville.)
  • Introducing an innovation tax credit to help SMEs increase their technological investments and spur their growth.
  • Raising consumer awareness about savings and credit, through TV and radio ads, for example. (The Minister of Education, Sébastien Proulx is working on a mandatory financial and economic education course for September 2017. The firm asked that an economic education course be brought back to the secondary school curriculum. Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton applauds this initiative.)


Emilio also took advantage of his time in the heart of Quebec to visit two dynamic companies that are the pride of Drummondville—Canimex and Valmétal.

Congratulations to the entire Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Drummondville team and the Société de développement de Drummondville for contributing to the success of this enriching business event!

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25 Oct 2016
Eric Dufour
Vice-President, Partner | FCPA, FCA | Business Transformation

Éric Dufour, the Regional Vice-President and National Leader, Business Transfers, at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, participated in an in-depth interview on Radio-Canada on business transfer issues. As numerous entrepreneurs are retiring, they need information and help to carry out efficient and structured business transfers. A well-planned strategic transfer process should be established to ensure the longevity of wealth-creating businesses.

Éric comments on this major issue affecting entrepreneurs. Listen to the radio interview (in French) (October 23, 2016) on Désautels le dimanche or read the online article (in French) on this topic.

The firm maintains its claims

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton considers that federal and Quebec governments should adopt further measures for ensuring successful business transfers in Quebec and Canada. The tax policies relating to business transfers should be harmonized among the governments and tax fairness should apply to all businesses from all industries.

Read the firm’s reaction again concerning the tabling of the 2016 federal and Quebec budgets, as well as the letter sent to the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, in July 2016, about tax equity on intergenerational business transfers.


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24 Oct 2016
Eric Dufour
Vice-President, Partner | FCPA, FCA | Business Transformation

Transfert-entreprise-imagerie-445pxToday, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is proud to launch a diagnosis tool that business owners can use to get an overview of their current business transfer situation.

Available online, cell or tablet, the tool includes a series of questions to address the main issues of a business transfer, such as the owner’s intentions, succession, business value, transfer financing and underlying tax considerations.

“We’ve always considered succession a major issue for Quebec’s economy and since 2003, we’ve been working in the field, helping business owners plan,” states Éric Dufour, Partner, Regional Vice-President and National Business Transfer Leader. He continues, “It’s based on this expertise and our proximity to the market that we were able to create the diagnosis tool that we’re launching today. We want to provide business owners with a tangible tool that will help them begin strategizing methods to implement a succession plan.”

It takes anywhere from two to eight years to plan a business transfer, and only 9% of business owners have a formal written plan. The diagnosis is the first step in the right direction. Once the questionnaire is completed, the user will receive a diagnosis by email providing details about the business’s strengths and weaknesses, and recommendations for each of the areas analyzed.

The tool is available online now at: http://business-transfer.rcgt.com/.

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