04 Nov 2014

2015 will mark the 20th edition of the Tour CIBC Charles-Bruneau. For the occasion, a promotional video featuring little Éloïse and the Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton team has just been launched to encourage companies to support the fight against pediatric cancer.

Éloïse’s courage: a source of motivation and engagement

Remember that the Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton cycling team was created to help sick children, and especially to support little Éloïse, daughter of Nicole Parent, Senior Consultant, Strategic and Performance Consulting, at the Montréal office. Éloïse has been battling leukemia for two years, undergoing weekly chemotherapy. We are delighted to announce that her treatments were completed last summer, when her test results showed she was in remission!

In conclusion, the Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton cycling team has participated in the event for the past two years, raising $35,000 in 2014 and no less than $65,000 over a two-year period! The objective of the Tour’s 20th edition is to raise $3 million. We thank the members of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s extended family, who have become engaged and made an effort in some way, and who will continue to do so in the future!

About the Tour CIBC Charles-Bruneau

The Tour CIBC Charles-Bruneau is one of the biggest fund-raising activities in Quebec. Thanks to its major partners and its many committed participants, the event raised $2.85 million this year for its 19th edition. This event raises funds for the Fondation Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau, dedicated to the fight against pediatric cancer. Its mission is to fund research and support the development of projects to improve the lives of thousands of children living with cancer in Québec.

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29 Oct 2014

On October 8, 2014, Emilio B. Imbriglio, President and CEO of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, along with Lynda Coache, Partner in Charge of the St-Jean-sur-Richelieu office, spoke to a group of business people during a breakfast conference organized by the Chambre de commerce du Haut-Richelieu.

Nearly 200 people were in attendance to listen to the two experts. Lynda Coache first spoke about the Haut-Richelieu region’s vitality and opportunities. As an individual committed to the firm, her profession and her community, she passionately stated, “I want to be a part of change, I want to make things happen!”

Lynda Coache

According to Lynda, the region has all the potential it needs to take on its growth challenges successfully. She closed her speech by inviting all region players to contribute to its economic development, “Let’s make the most of opportunities as a community. We’re the 11th largest city in Quebec, but numbers are just numbers. Let’s become the strongest city, too.”

Emilio expounded upon the ideas the firm thinks are key to boosting the province’s economic growth, creating jobs and making our society even more competitive.

He opened his speech by stating, “We sometimes forget just how strong Quebec’s potential is. Our society is bursting with talent. Our labour force is trained and very bilingual. We have experienced entrepreneurs, ambitious decision-makers, plentiful natural resources, and abundant, clean and renewable energy sources. But despite these advantages, Quebec needs to do far more if it wants to take a place among the most competitive, innovative and productive regions in the world. Our public debt is hindering our growth. Taxpayers, whether citizens or companies, are tired of having to constantly dip into their pockets.”

As a reminder, here are the four major ideas outlined by Emilio that include specific measures:

1. Encourage entrepreneurship through tax incentives

  • Make it fair from a tax point of view to sell a business, whether selling to family or foreign interests.
  • Hold a public consultation to measure the impact of reducing or eliminating corporate taxes for SMEs, and define clear rules without reducing the government’s tax base.

2. Take advantage of export opportunities

  • Take advantage of the soon-to-be official free trade agreement with Europe to develop new markets. Canada will be the only country in the world with free access, baring a few exceptions, to the two largest markets on the planet. Including North American consumers, Quebec has a potential market of over 900 million people!

3. Train and attract talent more effectively

  • Start teaching basic concepts at the high school level about credit, public debt, the cost of public services, and the importance of creating a budget.
  • Improve the process for selecting and integrating immigrants by creating other agreements, such as the France-Quebec agreement, to recognize the qualifications of professionals from other regions.

4. Exploit natural resources respectfully and sustainably

  • Develop a framework that supports long-term investments and infrastructures, specifically in terms of ports and railways.

Harold Vachon, Lynda Coache, Emilio B. Imbriglio, Stéphane Legrand

From L to R: Harold Vachon, President of the Chambre de commerce du Haut-Richelieu, Lynda Coache, Assurance Partner at the St-Jean-sur-Richelieu office, Emilio B. Imbriglio, President and CEO, and Stéphane Legrand, General Manager of the Chambre de commerce du Haut-Richelieu.

Consult the October 16 article published in Canada Français (article in French only), reporting on the conference.

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27 Oct 2014

 

Following the sale of half of the DIX 30 complex to an Ontario pension fund (Oxford Group), the Argent channel show “À la une” interviewed Frédéric Labrie, Partner, Real Estate Consulting Group at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton. He was invited to speak on the impacts of this major real estate transaction and DIX 30’s success.

 

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24 Oct 2014

On Tuesday, October 21 at the Delta Hotel took place the 16th Conference supper of the Vice-president of the Eastern Townships’ region.

The evening, brilliantly hosted by two employees of the firm, Manon Tétrault and Éric Mathieu, respectively Accounts payable clerk and Senior manager in Assurance, has also gave way to the performance of a mystery guest, the humorist André Sauvé.

From left to right : Réal Létourneau, Manon Tétrault, André Sauvé et Éric Mathieu

From left to right : Réal Létourneau, Manon Tétrault, André Sauvé et Éric Mathieu

Nearly 250 partners and employees of the offices of Granby, Bromont, Cowansville, Magog, Coaticook, Drummondville, Lac-Mégantic and Sherbrooke were gathered for the occasion.

Created by Mr. Réal Létourneau during his first year as Vice-president in 1999, the annual event is about recognition and aims to recognize the dedication and excellence of the team members of the firm.

Seven (7) Recognition Prizes and one (1) Vice-president Prize were given during the evening. The winners by category are:

  • Social commitment to the Firm’s activities: Stacey Loomis
  • Social commitment to the community: Sandra Chouinard
  • Internal customer service: Manon Tétrault and Jocelyne Verpaelst tied
  • Professional competencies: Véronique Deshaies
  • Productivity and availability – Assurance: Chantal Charest
  • Productivity and availability – Taxation and consulting services: Jean-François Morin
  • Enterprise development: Éric Mathieu
  • Vice-president Prize: Nicole D. Demers

As for Mr. Létourneau, he gave a summary lecture of the last 15 Vice-president’s Conference suppers while stressing the importance of the strength of a team and of its potential for always excelling. The hosts and all present employees extended warm greetings to Mr. Létourneau, for whom it was his last supper as Vice-president.