20 Nov 2012
On November 1, 2010, our business partner and entrepreneurial supporter SAJE, held the second Cercle des Lauréats on accounting issues in collaboration with the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal.
This lunch-and-learn event provided young entrepreneurs with an opportunity to consult professionals about many of their concerns. All of them had asked that accounting experts be on hand to clarify a number of points about this often little-known subject.
Martin Lemay, Assurance Partner, Belkacem Berredjem, Tax Manager, and Éléane Côté, R&D Senior Manager answered the call and responded to the questions raised by the young entrepreneurs. Our experts struck the right chord with some SME managers when they informed them of their eligibility for some extensive tax credits.
Events such as these bring to light the significant needs of certain SME managers and their lack of tax and management knowledge. By assisting them with advance tax planning, we helped them achieve attractive savings, and our involvement made a few of them very happy (you could even say they were over the moon)!
Thanks to our Montréal office professionals who contributed to this successful event!

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19 Nov 2012

On Saturday November 10, 2012, RCGT presented the 2012 Dunsmore Cup at Université Laval’s PEPS Pavilion. The game winners, Université Laval’s Rouge & Or, were crowned champions of the Quebec football league for the tenth year in a row!

To underscore the event, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton and Raymond Chabot Inc. organized their traditional tailgate party. Nearly 150 people participated in the event, including many clients and business partners. Jean-François Poulin, International Tax Partner at the Québec City office, was honoured to present the Cup to the champions on behalf of the Firm, and was also interviewed by television chain Radio-Canada.

Jean-François Poulin (left), getting ready to present champions with the Dunsmore Cup

With the increasing interest in playing football across the country, RCGT is taking advantage of the opportunity to reiterate its support for student athletes in following their passion and wish the Rouge & Or the best on their journey to winning the Vanier Cup!

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of this event and be sure to attend in 2013 when Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton will again be the official presenter of the Dunsmore Cup, the iconic symbol of Quebec university football supremacy!

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19 Nov 2012

Pierre VallerandCongratulations to Pierre Vallerand, Assurance Partner out of our Montréal office, for his recent appointment to PROCURE’s Board of Directors.

The main goal of PROCURE is to provide science and humanity with means to help prevent and cure prostate cancer, a disease that strikes one in seven men of all ages.

Support PROCURE this November

In November, moustaches are all the rage, and PROCURE members are pleased with the success of this campaign to raise awareness about prostate cancer and men’s health. However, none of the funds raised by Movember, a Toronto-based organization, are funnelled to PROCURE, a completely separate organization working out of Quebec whose mission includes serving the needs of Quebeckers and conducting research in the province.

However, far from wanting to compete with the Movember campaign, PROCURE is rather seeking to build upon its efforts. This is why Pierre Vallerand has created a group to collect funds for PROCURE. Feel free to donate!

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09 Nov 2012

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s Management Consulting Group has once again demonstrated the extent of its expertise during conventions held by the Association des établissements de réadaptation en déficience physique du Québec and the Association des centres jeunesse du Québec.

Congrès québécois de réadaptation

First, on October 25, during the 2012 Congrès québécois de réadaptation, Jonathan Perrier and Sophie Desgagnés, both Management Consulting Group experts, gave a conference on how measurement and optimization can lead to clinical innovation. They explained how to face service demand growth with limited professional resources. Undertaking an optimization procedure often proves to be promising in terms of sustainable solutions to the issues experienced in practice.

Congrès de l’Association des centres jeunesse du Québec

Secondly, on October 29, 30 and 31, 2012, our team also took part in the biennial convention of the Association des centres jeunesse du Québec and a one-day seminar held by the Réseau universitaire intégré jeunesse (RUIJ) with over 1,000 conventioneers. As part of the Troubled Youth program, five of our experts had the opportunity to showcase their expertise to an audience of social services managers.

Consulting Services Manager Jocelyn Théoret, aptly co-led a workshop with the Centres jeunesse de Lanaudière’s Chantal Talbot on the client experience entitled, “L’expérience client : se mobiliser pour le bien-être du jeune et de sa famille” (“The Client Experience: Getting Mobilized for the Well-being of Youth and Their Families”).

For his part, Consulting Services Manager Marc Hyndman co-led a workshop with Luc Cadieux of the Centres jeunesse de l’Outaouais, France Trépanier of the Centre jeunesse des Laurentides and Pierre Cloutier of the Centre jeunesse de Chaudière-Appalaches. Based on the theme of succeeding in strategic planning, (Réussir sa planification stratégique), the workshop explained how sound strategic planning can drive an organization, mobilize personnel, increase consistency of action, optimize resource use and enhance brand image.

Moreover, Sylvain Lemieux, Senior Manager, Consulting Services, co-led a workshop that summarized the new performance analysis method of the Troubled Youth program. Sylvain was accompanied by Nico Trocmé and Tonino Esposito of McGill University, Manon Léonard of the Centre jeunesse des Laurentides and Chloé Gaumont of the Association des centres jeunesse du Québec.

In other respects, during a poster session, Richard Gascon, Partner, and Josée Dupuis, Consulting Services Manager, presented our distinctive approach for the optimization of administrative and support services, which is perfectly adapted to youth centres.

Lastly, Sylvain Lemieux and Marc Hyndman presented a new overall performance evaluation methodology to an audience of experts associated with two major integrated university youth research networks based in Montréal and Québec City. In this segment, our work elicited considerable interest from university researchers.

These are yet more examples of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s expertise and of our health and social services experts.