A successful tax symposium on the U.S. tax reform organized by Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton took place on March 20-21, 2018 at the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth.
Some 80 participants attended our experts’ conferences. These knowledgeable experts provided food for thought on cross-border strategies and informed participants about U.S. transaction considerations.
In addition to cross-border strategies, topics included the Trump government’s tax initiatives, recent developments in the U.S., international structures and State and Local Taxes (SALT).
Our experts in attendance
Speakers included three Grant Thornton LLP (GT U.S) experts: Paul Beecy and Christopher Martin, Partners, Tax Services and Pete F. Simpson, Practice Leader, International Tax Services. Four Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton partners were also present: Benoit Turcotte and Alexandros Gamaletsos, U.S. Tax Partners and Pierre Bourgeois and Daniel Marion, International TaxPartners.
In conjunction with this conference, Benoit Turcotte, U.S. Tax Specialist, was invited to share his expertise during a seminar organized by the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montréal titled États-Unis : une vision à long terme pour nos exportateurs. He then presented an update on the U.S. tax reform and its impacts as well as key measures for doing business in the United States and avoiding costly errors.
From left to right: Pete F. Simpson, GT U.S.; Benoit Turcotte, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton; Daniel Marion, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton; Alexandros Gamaletsos, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton; Paul Beecy, GT U.S.; Pierre Bourgeois, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton; Christopher Martin, GT U.S.
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Éric Lebel, Partner and Licensed Insolvency Trustee, participated in the major Les Affaires Plus supplement on debt in which he shared his expertise and discussed the consequences of insolvency such as bankruptcy in certain specific cases.
Lebel, who sometimes describes himself as a financial doctor, explains: “When [people] finally resign themselves to call us, they’ve reached the end of their rope. They’ve been suffering in silence for months or years, because few people want to discuss their financial issues. (…) At times however, bankruptcy is the only solution.”
Our expert recommends taking the time to find the right professional to avoid any surprise.
To learn more, download the supplement below published in the March 2018 edition of Les Affaires Plus (in French only).
As a sponsor of Les Grands prix de la relève d’affaires 2018 Gala organized by the Regroupement des jeunes chambres de commerce du Québec (RJCCQ), which supports entrepreneurs under 40, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton encourages young Quebec talents to submit their application before April 27, 2018 for a chance to win an award in one of the following categories:
Transferee of the year
SME or Start-up of the year (social economy)
SME or Start-up of the year (international markets)
SME or Start-up of the year (technology/innovation)
Diversity in entrepreneurship
SME – Retail
Executive of the year
Young Board Member
Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton will also present awards during the Gala held June 8, 2018. To learn more and to register, go to the RJCCQ website.
Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton once again stated its position during the federal and Quebec prebudget consultations, with the objective of proposing measures to boost competitiveness and innovation. The firm’s budget recommendations were sent to various federal and Quebec ministers and elected members as well as numerous key economic and business influencers.
With a focus on advocating for the business community, the firm issued its comments on the budgets tabled (federal and Quebec), and informed taxpayers about the announced measures (federal and Quebec tax bulletins). Another concerted project illustrating Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s leading role in the marketplace and its constant focus on providing taxpayers with clear information about the issues that shape their world. Outreach showcasing a firm with deep roots across Quebec that is committed to supporting the success of local organizations!
Producing and broadcasting these strategic documents involved several experts, some of whom also conveyed their expertise to the public in a number of regional and national media outlets. The budget proposals were highlighted in some twenty interviews with various media across Quebec.
Here are some examples of the visibility and interviews illustrating the outstanding contribution by Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s professionals.
February 27, 2018 federal budget:
Interviews by TVA (1st web article, 2nd web article) with tax partner Sylvain Gilbert, who was at the lock-up, were also disseminated across Quebec in the Journal de Montréal and the Journal de Québec. Sylvain also addressed listeners of 95,7 FM (Saguenay), 101,5 FM (Ste-Marie-de-Beauce) and 107,7 FM (Eastern Townships) and viewers of CPAC, during the parliamentary channel’s Revue Politique program (go to 24 min., 39 sec.) broadcast in Canada.
Tax partner Sylvain Moreau, in attendance at the lock-up, contributed to several interviews: the V Télé (go to 2:36) news bulletin broadcast throughout Quebec; SRC radio (4:44 pm) in Québec City, radio 95,5 FM (Témiscouata) and radio 103,5 FM (St-Georges-de-Beauce).
Olivier Levesque, Tax Consultant, was interviewed by radio hosts of 99,5 FM (Roberval).
You can also listen to this interview at 104,5 FM (Alma).
Partner Sarah Phaneuf spoke to listeners of SRC radio in the Eastern Townships and Advisory Partner Réal Létourneau participated in an editorial round table for the La Tribune daily newspaper (Eastern Townships).
Furthermore, the firm’s tax bulletin was published on the Taxnet Pro site of world-renowned Thomsonreuters.
March 27, 2018 Quebec budget:
Sylvain Gilbert participated in the media lock-up, serving as an analyst for reporters. He gave several interviews, such as TVA television in Abitibi-Témiscamingue, radio 97,5 FM (Chicoutimi), 95,5 FM (Témiscouata) and 103,5 FM (St-Georges-de-Beauce).
Luc Lacombe was interviewed by several reporters for such media outlets as V Télé (go to 5:29; report broadcast across Quebec), SRC radio (go to 5:04) in Québec City, NRJ and Rouge FM stations in Mauricie and radio 101,5 FM (Ste-Marie-de-Beauce). Additionally, Luc collaborated on an article for Finances et Investissement that will be published shortly.
Olivier Levesque, was interviewed by radio station 99,5 FM (Roberval).
He was also interviewed by radio station 104,5 FM (Alma).
You can also listen to this interview by radio station 97,5 FM (Chicoutimi).
Réal Létourneau participated in the editorial round table for La Tribune newspaper (Eastern Townships).