04 Feb 2015
Réal Létourneau
Advisory Partner | FCPA, FCA, M. Fisc. | Tax

Sherbrooke, February 4, 2015 – It is with pride that the Vice-president of the Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s Eastern Townships region, Mr. Réal Létourneau, launched yesterday the webseries called Dîner d’affaires : vitrine sur la vocation entrepreneuriale (in French only) at La Maison du Cinéma in Sherbrooke. Nearly a hundred people from the business community of the Eastern Townships gathered to celebrate the entrepreneurial dynamism of the region’s wealth creators.

Réal Létourneau

Réal Létourneau

The episodes of the webseries feature successful entrepreneurs and managers from Sherbrooke, Windsor, Granby, Magog and Bromont who are known for their business acumen, vision, perseverance and audacity. It is in the context of a both professional and friendly business lunch shared with a Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s expert that we learn to discover these experienced and ambitious entrepreneurs. They share the keys to their success while passing on to us their entrepreneurial passion and instinct for growth.

The original idea for the webseries emerged in the office of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Eastern Townships. “As privileged business advisors to many entrepreneurs who are dynamic, inspiring and passionate about the region, we wanted them to be heard and to pass on to us their entrepreneurial passion and energy to always want to go further, a key condition for our economic growth”, said Mr. Réal Létourneau.

“Entrepreneurship is a key issue. For our Firm, it is important to communicate the successes of our entrepreneurs and learn from their determination and passion for business. Ensuring entrepreneurial succession is essential for the sustainability of our wealth creators, and the webseries is a tool to encourage future managers to realize their entrepreneurial dreams and promote wealth creation”, added Mr. Létourneau.

Produced by Lacasse/Riendeau, a Sherbrooke company, series will be from now on webcasted (rcgt.com/en/business-lunch-2015/) on the basis of a brief per week until March 25, 2015.

2015 Winter Programming (rcgt.com/en/business-lunch-2015/)

February 4
Boulangerie Georges with Denis and Luc Fortier

February 11
Serres St-Élie with Mélanie Grégoire

February 18
Zoo de Granby with Paul Gosselin

February 25
Papiers Couchés d’Atlantic with Sylvain Jutras

March 4
Forages Technic-Eau with Yanic Bernier

March 11
Odessa with Danielle Gagnon

March 18
Club de Golf Longchamp with Marc Viens

March 25
Avizo with Germain Thibault and Charles Duguay

Dîner d'affaires

About Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton

Founded in 1948, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton has become one of the leaders in the areas of assurance, taxation, consulting services, business recovery and insolvency. Its strength relies on a team of about 2,400 people, including some 230 partners, in more than 100 offices in Quebec, Eastern Ontario and New Brunswick. It should also be pointed out that, for more than 30 years, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton has been a member of Grant Thornton International Ltd, which provides its customers with an access to the expertise of member and representative firms in more than 100 countries.

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Sources and information:

Marie-Josée Demers
Consultant – Communications
Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton
Tel.: 819 822-4004, ext. 7263
[email protected]

Francis Letendre
Senior consultant – Public relations
Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton
Tel.: 514 390-4201
[email protected]

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03 Feb 2015
Réal Létourneau
Advisory Partner | FCPA, FCA, M. Fisc. | Tax
Éric Dufour

Éric Dufour

In business, there are many opportunities. Seizing these opportunities and making strategic choices is not always easy. With this objective in mind, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton has the pleasure of announcing the appointment of Éric Dufour as Vice-President of the Saguenay—Lac-Saint-Jean / Chibougamau / Côte-Nord region.

Over 25 years of experience serving entrepreneurs

A partner with Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton for the past 15 years, Éric Dufour is the firm’s National Business Transfer Leader and has over 25 years of expertise acquired in strategic consulting and assurance. He is recognized for his ability to listen to managers and understand their concerns, and to establish a relationship of trust with his clients.

Always there for their clients, Éric Dufour and his team can propel them to new heights and help them achieve their full growth potential!

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30 Jan 2015
Réal Létourneau
Advisory Partner | FCPA, FCA, M. Fisc. | Tax

Overindebtedness and debt management after the holiday period are the sources of several ills for many consumers. Three Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton experts collaborated actively with TVA and LCN to report on these difficult financial situations faced by Quebec and Canadian households.

In two days, Eric Lebel, Stéphane Gauvin and Martine Robitaille, respectively Trustee Partners and Trustee Senior Manager, shared advice and suggested various recommendations so that you can afford your financial ambitions.

Mr. Lebel’s comments were the subject of two different reports on the Thursday, January 22 newscasts at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. (including the Argent channel). In particular, the reports show the major call centre in Brossard, where consumers from all over Quebec and the Ottawa and Edmundston regions can receive sound advice and personalized support regarding their personal financial situation.

Mr. Gauvin also participated, on Thursday, January 22, in a report on TVA Est-du-Québec regarding overindebtedness and the stress that can result from it. Don’t forget that a trustee is a privileged advisor, the only professional approved in Canada to negotiate possible bankruptcy options with creditors, including the consumer proposal.

Finally, Ms. Robitaille gave some key advice on Friday, January 23, while answering questions from the public on the 100 % Nouvelles show of the LCN news channel (Part 1 | Part 2)

The experts repeatedly raised the importance of making a budget and, above all, sticking to it. This is the key to sound financial planning. To achieve this, Raymond Chabot inc., a subsidiary of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, has developed a practical and user-friendly Web tool: the online budget. Don’t hesitate to refer to it!

This is outreach worthy of the professionalism of the firm’s experienced team of financial recovery advisors!

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28 Jan 2015
Réal Létourneau
Advisory Partner | FCPA, FCA, M. Fisc. | Tax

2015-01-14 - Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Laval

President and CEO Emilio B. Imbriglio continues his regional tour with the aim of meeting dynamic business owners. On January 14, 2015, he was the guest of the Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Laval’s forum, an event which he leveraged to present the firm’s main ideas for stimulating economic growth and creating jobs before an audience of 200 business people.

Emilio spoke optimistically about the region and Quebec’s future, highlighting the strong points but emphasizing that much remains to be done to stimulate our growth and foster our prosperity.

He stated, “Sometimes we forget that Quebec has very strong potential. Our society is marked by talented people, a trained and highly bilingual workforce, experienced business owners, ambitious decision-makers, natural resources and energy, and a strategic geographical and cultural position […] But despite these strengths, a major shift needs to take place so that Quebec may take its rightful place among the most competitive, innovative and production regions in the world.”

The President described several measures to stimulate growth, which rest upon four main economic development pillars—entrepreneurship, education, employment and the sustainable development of our resources.*

He also underscored the firm’s pride in serving the Laval community for over 30 years. He took the opportunity to commend the work of the Laval office’s professionals “who have supported Laval business owners and helped them unlock their full potential,” and highlight the contribution of the Laval office partners and office manager, Marco Berretta, for the breakfast conference’s success.

2015-01-14 - Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Laval

Pictured at centre, Emilio B. Imbriglio, President and CEO of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, along with Pierre-Luc Girard and Chantal Provost, Chair of the Board and General Manager of the Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Laval, respectively, Yan Leclair, Assurance Partner at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton and Chambre Board member, along with other members of the President’s table.

* Emilio’s four main ideas with specific measures are summarized as follows:

 1. Encourage entrepreneurship through tax incentives

Make it fair from a tax point of view to sell a business, whether selling to family or foreign interests.

Hold a public consultation to measure the impact of reducing or eliminating corporate taxes for SMEs, and define clear rules without reducing the government’s tax base

2. Take advantage of export opportunities

Take advantage of the soon-to-be official free trade agreement with Europe to develop new markets. Canada will be the only country in the world with free access, baring a few exceptions, to the two largest markets on the planet. Including North American consumers, Quebec has a potential market of over 900 million people!

3. Train and attract talent more effectively

Start teaching basic concepts at the high school level about credit, public debt, the cost of public services, and the importance of creating a budget.

Improve the process for selecting and integrating immigrants by creating other agreements, such as the France-Quebec agreement, to recognize the qualifications of professionals from other regions.

4. Exploit natural resources respectfully and sustainably

Develop a framework that supports long-term investments and infrastructures, specifically in terms of ports and railways.

04 Feb 2015  |  Written by :

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