08 Mar 2018

Senior Manager – Management Consulting
Dolbeau-Mistassini office



“It’s easy to take credit when you’re managing a project, but we shouldn’t forget that success is the result of teamwork.”


Isabelle hails from Saint-Félicien in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean. At 21 years of age, she already had her Bachelor of social work from the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi.

“I then worked for community organizations and foundations. Before I knew it, I was involved in management and I learned that I was good at it. Life happens for a reason; yes, human relations mean a great deal to me, but I’m not so sure I would have liked working in the field per se as a social worker. I then completed a Bachelor of Business Administration. I help people now working as a manager and consultant.”

Isabelle has been with Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton for less than a year now and mentions how surprised she was by the similarities between working in the community and her work now as a consultant with private entities and various organizations. “I thought it would be very different. Though the clients are not the same, they have many things in common. Problem-solving and listening are skills needed in any human resource assignment, regardless of the field of activity.”

Collaboration and mutual help are values that mean a lot to Isabelle. “It’s easy to take credit when you’re managing a project, but we shouldn’t forget that success is the result of teamwork. I firmly believe in the power of pooling the skills of each person. I think humility is a nice quality that is sometimes mistaken for a lack of confidence.”

Isabelle continues, “What counts for me in my professional life is to have a free hand in infusing my vision. This is why I really appreciate the support and trust I get from Éric Dufour, our partner in charge of consulting and the Vice-President for our region. He gives me the green light to implement what I believe in. I think that good managers know how to make those around them grow.”

Which comment pleases Isabelle the most? “It makes me happy when a client says that we made a huge difference for them and their organization, and that we helped them discover new possibilities.”

Recognizing how precious Life is

In her early twenties, Isabelle lost her father, and then eight years later, her 36-year-old sister passed away. “Losing two loved ones so early in life marks you forever. I also witnessed my mother’s grieving. She’s had a hard life—she lost both her parents at 16 and was widowed twice, but the loss of one of her four daughters was too much to bear. She was never the same again. Happiness didn’t come to her as easily. I learned from an early age that life is fragile and therefore precious.”

Isabelle talks with great admiration about her mother, who died about a year ago. “She was living proof that you can have a career and still be a good mother. She worked as a nurse and was devoted to her family. She was my role model when I had my son.”

When asked about her pastimes, Isabelle says, “My spouse and I are both very independent people. We spend a lot of time together, as a family, and we especially like going to our cabin in the woods, but we also do some solo activities. I like going out with a friend for a cultural activity or going skiing for the weekend with my son, Charles-Étienne. He and I always go on vacation one week in the summer. It’s like a mother-son ritual that we do every year.”

To sum up her first ten months at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, Isabelle says, “It was an important step in my professional career and there were some stressful times! My son is 14 now and I feel that I can invest more of myself in my career. I feel more at ease in my new duties and I hope to acquire more responsibility with time.”