07 Jun 2018

Motivated by the desire to always better meet the needs of its clients in an ever-changing environment, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is proud to launch a new ethics and anticorruption practice.

The implementation of transparent, sustainable commercial practices will help establish an atmosphere of trust with your business partners. Thanks to our analysis, support and monitoring services, you will be able to put into practise the main guidelines of standard ISO 37001 with regard to ethical governance.

Joining forces with two experts in the fight against corruption…

Our professionals from the Management Consulting team are teaming up with two experts in the field: Marc Tassé, proactive ethics and anti-corruption specialist, and Patrice Poitevin, internationally renowned anti-corruption expert. Both are advisors with the Canadian Centre of Excellence for Anti-Corruption (CCEAC).

… to create a recognized practice with a complete service offering

By combining our talents, we can help our clients benefit from leading-edge ethics and compliance expertise.

For more information, don’t hesitate to contact our experts and consult our service offering.

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07 Jun 2018

On May 31, 2018, at the Sommet international du repreneuriat organized by the Centre de transfert d’entreprise du Québec (CTEQ), Serge Plourde, Director – Management Consulting, took part in an expert panel to discuss the new challenges of businesses in Quebec’s tourism sector.

During this workshop, panellists analyzed trends in the tourism sector and the profile of potential buyers in the field. With over thirty years of experience in tourism and economic development and having been involved in over 150 major projects across Quebec, Mr. Plourde spoke about a few key elements.

“Communication is very important during business transfers, but the greatest challenge of the tourism industry is transferring to buyers,” stated the specialist.

At this major event where some 500 people participated in workshops and conferences, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton experts were also in attendance, including Éric Dufour, Regional Vice-President and National Business Transfer Leader. The firm is a partner of the CTEQ.

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04 Jun 2018

In an article published in Le Droit, Tax Partner Bruno Charron, discusses incentives for the acquisition of works of art by PMEs and corporations.

Current tax incentives also help to support art and culture in Quebec and Canada.

However, according to Bruno, the capital cost allowance on the purchase or lease of a work of art is not as advantageous as other types of expenses, such as charitable gifts.

“Very few of our SME clients take advantage of these tax savings. Those who do are usually philanthropist art lovers, who don’t invest in art for tax reasons. A charitable gift, for example, would trigger a greater refund.”

To find out more about tax provisions relating to purchases of works of art, read the article (in French) published on May 22, 2018.

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01 Jun 2018

How machines use and understand human language? This was an IVADO workshop held by Alexandre Nguyen, Manager, Artificial Intelligence.

Alexandre Nguyen, Manager, Artificial Intelligence at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton and a graduate of MILA (Montréal Institute of Learning Algorithms) was invited to present a workshop on natural language processing (NLP), as part of an event organized by the Institute for Data Valorization. The training provided participants with insight into how machines use and understand human language.

Several other workshops were presented during this training week from May 14 to 19, 2018, including an introduction to new technologies in finance, deep learnings and reinforcement learning. The purpose of this event was to bridge the gap between university expertise and corporate needs by helping finance and insurance sector stakeholders resolve tangible artificial intelligence problems through practical workshops.

Mr. Nguyen was in the company of leaders in the field, including Manuel Morales, Researcher Emeritus at Université de Montréal and recently appointed Chief Scientist, Artificial Intelligence at the National Bank of Canada, who was the originator of this topical workshop.