14 Nov 2018

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is very pleased to welcome Zins Beauchesne and Associates within our firm.

Specializing in strategic planning and marketing, Zins Beauchesne is recognized for the professional support it provides to private businesses and public agencies as well as its ability to apply proven data collection, research, analysis and planning techniques.

A complement to our service offering

This new expertise will contribute to our positioning as organizational growth business advisors. With this addition to our service offering we will develop new markets while consolidating our leading position in the retail, agri-food and tourism, leisure and culture sectors.

Michel Zins and Renée Dubé, President and Partner, respectively, at Zins Beauchesne and Associates will enhance our management consulting team.

Michel Zins

Michel has over 30 years of consulting experience for national and international projects. His experience and high-level education have made him a highly sought-after consultant in strategic planning and marketing, development plans, innovation and change management for private businesses, provincial and federal departments and not-for-profit organizations.

Renée Dubé

Renée has a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Marketing Research from HEC Montréal and has been providing advisory services to private businesses and public agencies on market segmentation, client expectation and satisfaction measurement and sector analyses for 25 years. Her involvement in client assignments encompasses market and positioning studies, the implementation of marketing and branding strategies and marketing and strategic planning.

 

Zins Beauchesne

Pierre Fortin, Nicolas Plante, Renée Dubé et Michel Zins

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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!