24 Sep 2019

SHERBROOKE, September 24, 2019 – Once again this year, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton and the Grande Virée Artistique joined forces to celebrate the artistic talent of young people in the Sherbrooke area.

The Claude-Métras prize was awarded last night at an event held in Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s regional office to recognize the next generation’s artistic talent. Sherbrooke CEGEP student and emerging artist, Elizabeth Proteau-Paradis, won a $500 bursary.

This year, 26 students from seven local schools submitted 41 works of art for the Prix Claude-Métras, 20 of which were exposed at the Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Sherbrooke office.

“Promoting our young people’s works of art is a way to showcase the next generation’s creativity, which contributes to our communities’ vitality. It’s important to highlight our young people’s outstanding contribution, particularly in the arts, and the business community is an excellent promotional lever,” Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Eastern Townships’ Vice-President, Mr. Guy Fauteux, stated.

For the occasion, the jury also highlighted the talent of two other artists from different age groups, and the visitors were invited to vote for their favourite work of art, thuw rewarding three young artists with a $100 bursary each:

  • 12-15 age group was awarded to Émilie Hamel (Mitchell high school) for an acrylic painting;
  • 16-20 age group was awarded to Zeïne Kachroud (Bromptonville high school) for a photograph;
  • 20-25 age group was awarded to Amélie Hébert (Sherbrooke CEGEP) for a mixed medium painting.

The visitors’ favourite award was presented ex aequo to Coralie Lacharité for Capteur d’âme and one to Maina Lessard for Orijin (both Bromptonville high school students).

“Our collaboration with the business community is important, it allows us to promote artistic creation in unique and non-traditional venues. We’re proud to continue our association with Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, a leading organization that knows how to encourage art and artists,” the president of La Grande Virée Artistique de Sherbrooke, Nancy Asselin, added.

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A Quebec and Canadian leader in the areas of assurance, tax, advisory services and business recovery and reorganization, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton boasts more than 2,600 professionals, including approximately 200 partners, working in over 100 offices across the province of Quebec and in the Ottawa and Edmundston regions.

Together with Grant Thornton LLP, another Canadian firm, and the Grant Thornton global organization, our global footprint spans across more than 135 countries with over 53,000 people who provide real insight, a fresh perspective and agility to keep clients moving ahead.

About the Grande Virée Artistique de Sherbrooke

The Grande Virée Artistique was created in 2002 by a group of provincially and nationally recognized Sherbrooke artists. The summer event takes place over a ten-day period from the end of June to early July in the six Sherbrooke boroughs. It showcases the talent of our local artists in both visual arts and crafts. Since its creation, the Grande Virée Artistique has featured over a hundred artists in Sherbrooke’s cultural community. It is an important event for art lovers, which allows them to discover totally different worlds, learn different techniques and knowhow and have a personal exchange with the artists.


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23 Sep 2019

The enthusiasm for Bitcoin and dramatic increase in its value in 2017 has proven to be very attractive to cybercriminals, who took advantage of investors’ lack of knowledge to hack them.

Cryptocurrencies have in fact shown to have serious security and governance flaws. Other cybercurrency risks have also been exposed: “Managing and handling cryptocurrencies is risky for people,” says Louis Roy, Assurance Partner and President of Catallaxy, subsidiary of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton.

“For example, if you lost your private key, you would no longer have access to your assets. This isn’t like misplacing your debit card, which can easily be replaced.”

Many investors keep their assets as cryptocurrencies on their cellphone. In addition to the risk of losing their assets, they could be the target of cyberattacks. Investors must therefore be even more vigilant, especially when it comes to phishing scams.

Some investors rely on an intermediary to manage their cryptocurrencies.

“In some cases, the loss of assets is not due to an attack, but rather to a management or fraud issue,” Roy adds.

Recently, the suspicious death of the company founder resulted in more than $250M in losses for the cheated investors.

Roy questions: “How can you explain that a company leader had millions of his clients’ dollars all to himself on his personal computer? To improve cybersecurity in the cryptocurrency field, we’ll have to stimulate technological innovations and better inform users, but there are regulatory framework issues as well.”

You can read the entire article online (for subscribers only).

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20 Sep 2019

As entrepreneurs get closer to retirement, many of them would like to hand over the reins of their family business to their children. However, transferring the company to your children could be more complicated than selling it to strangers.

In an interview in L’Étoile du Lac, Éric Dufour, Partner and Vice-President, Management Consulting, tells us why:
“At the provincial level, the situation has been rectified, but this is not the case at the federal level. There is no tax exemption of up to $900,000 that applies when selling to family members. This complicates the transaction. You have to be prepared to make monetary sacrifices, because a company’s value, that’s the owner’s pension fund. It’s an obstacle and it’s time for the government to change this outdated 1980s tax system.”

Dufour also pointed out that the key to a business transfer lies in planning: “You have to undertake a plan that spans four years. An inter-generational overlap occurs, which means there is an adaptation period. This makes it all the more important to be supported in the process.”

The issue of intergenerational business transfers is still a concern for our Firm. In Quebec, a number of constraints still exist while at the federal level, the entire issue persists. We invite you to view the Firm’s recommendations, including recommendation 7 in the prebudget recommendations presented to the Quebec government at the time of the last Quebec budget.

Contact one of our entrepreneurial succession experts for support during the important process.

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18 Sep 2019

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s Corporate Finance team is pleased to announce the successful refinancing transaction of Pasta Romana Foods and Pizza Romana (hereinafter individually ‘‘Pasta Romana’’ or ‘‘Pizza Romana’’, and together the ‘‘Company’’).

Pasta Romana is a family-owned and operated business founded in 1996 by Mr. Bernard Filippone and his sons, and headquartered in Montréal, Quebec, Canada.

For over 23 years, Pasta Romana has been offering a wide variety of high-quality fresh and frozen pastas, catering to big box retailers through both the Pasta Romana brand and its private label segment.

More recently, the Company, through its new entity Pizza Romana, has leveraged its proven expertise in operations and product development by acquiring a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility to add high-quality frozen pizzas to its portfolio, which has seen tremendous momentum and success since inception.

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Pasta Romana concludes a refinancing transaction to support growth

The Company strives to never waiver from what has made it successful: products prepared as they would be at home and made fresh without any compromise to quality. Today, Pasta Romana and Pizza Romana have grown to become significant players in the Canadian food manufacturing industry, operating two state-of-the-art plants in Montréal North and in Lachine, where the Company has the capacity to produce 2,300 kg of pasta, 1,000 litres of sauce and 3,000 kg of pizza on an hourly basis.

The Company called on Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton to review and optimize its financial structure. Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s Corporate Finance team acted as exclusive financial advisor to the Company which now has a streamlined, adaptable and flexible structure that will allow it to seize new business opportunities in a very active industry.

“The Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Corporate Finance team significantly simplified our refinancing process.” states Mr. Michael Filippone, Vice President of Operations at Pasta Romana. “With their knowledge, expertise, and large network in the debt market, Mark and his team allowed our Company to obtain the most favourable terms and conditions, as well as the financial flexibility to sustain our growth. In addition to their deep understanding of our industry, they managed the entire process in a very professional manner and allowed for a seamless process from start to finish. We will certainly reach out to them on our next transaction.”

To learn more about how Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton can help meet the needs of your business, please contact our deal team.

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Our leading mid-market focused corporate finance advisory team provides sector-specific advice on mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, debt and equity capital markets. We bring deep industry knowledge to each transaction to support our clients’ corporate finance strategies and priorities.

A Quebec and Canadian leader in the areas of assurance, tax, advisory services and business recovery and reorganization, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton boasts more than 2,600 professionals. Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is a member company of Grant Thornton International and the Canadian counterpart of Grant Thornton LLP. Our global footprint spans across more than 135 countries with over 53,000 people who provide real insight, a fresh perspective and agility to keep clients moving ahead.

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