The Dîner d’affaire web series launched by Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, starring the entrepreneurs and managers of the Eastern Townships region, has generated media buzz, especially in the newspaper La Tribune, on Radio 107.7 FM and on TVA Sherbrooke network television.
This web series offers the region’s entrepreneurs the chance to share their passion for business over lunch with an expert from Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton. “As preferred business advisors of many of the region’s dynamic, inspiring and passionate entrepreneurs, we wanted to give them audience and convey their entrepreneurial enthusiasm and their energy in always seeking to go farther,” explains the Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s Vice-President for the Eastern Township region, Réal Létourneau, who originated this initiative.
After his address to the Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Laval last January 14, the President and CEO of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, Emilio B. Imbriglio, gave an interview to Le MAG. In an article by Marius Brisson, we discover different facts of the life of the firm’s chief executive. To read the article, click here.
March 12, 2015 – Ottawa, ON – The Ottawa Champions Baseball Club will play their home opener of their inaugural season on May 22 against the Sussex County Miners in newly designated “Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Park”.
Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, a leading assurance, tax and advisory firm, has signed a multi-year agreement with the Ottawa Champions Baseball Club for the exclusive naming rights for Ottawa Stadium.
“The Ottawa Champions couldn’t be happier to have Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton on board as our naming rights partner”, said Ottawa Champions Majority Owner Miles Wolff. “It shows a genuine commitment to see baseball succeed in Ottawa by our local business community and especially a pillar like Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton”.
“It is a pleasure for Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton to partner with the Ottawa Champions for their upcoming inaugural season and beyond”, said Jean Schnob, Vice-President of the Ottawa and Outaouais Regions. “Our commitment to the local community in Ottawa aligns very well with the Champions’ focus on our City and we are excited to have our name associated with Ottawa’s professional baseball brand.”
The City of Ottawa owns the Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Park and finding a naming rights partner was a priority for them.
“Since announcing the return of baseball to Ottawa, a priority for us has been to secure a naming rights partner.” said Mayor Jim Watson. “With an established name such as Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, we believe we can foster a strong, mutually beneficial foundation in the community.”
The City of Ottawa is currently investing $2 million into improvements for Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Park including refurbished suites and other fan-facing aspects that will improve the fan experience at the Park.
David Gourlay, president of the Ottawa Champions, Emilio B. Imbriglio, president & CEO of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, Jean Schnob, Vice-President of the Ottawa and Outaouais Regions at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, Miles Wolff, owner of the Ottawa Champions, Bob Monette, city councillor of Orléans ward 1 and deputy mayor and Mathieu Fleury, Rideau-Vanier city councillor.
Last week, the Ottawa Champions announced concession partnerships with Montréal-based Sportscene Group (La Cage aux Sports) and Ottawa’s Gabriel Pizza that build on existing partnerships the team announced in January 2015 with Sam Bat Corporation, Kichesippi Beer Company and Clocktower Brewpub— three local businesses.
The team is currently negotiating more partnerships with local businesses for various requirements to facilitate a superior fan and family experience at the ballpark this summer.
Mathieu Fleury, David Gourlay, Emilio B. Imbriglio, Jean Schnob and Bob Monette
About the Ottawa Champions
The Ottawa Champions are a member of the independent Can-Am League and will begin play in May 2015 at Ottawa Stadium. On June 16, 2014, Mayor Jim Watson, majority owner Miles Wolff and club president David Gourlay unveiled the team name. Since then, the Champions have been setting up operations in preparation for the 2015 season.
Tickets are on sale for the inaugural season of Ottawa Champions baseball. Fans can get their 2015 season tickets for just $475 per seat or 10-game flex packs for $89 and 20-game flex packs for $159. For more information, email [email protected].
About Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton
Founded in 1948, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton has become a leader in the fields of assurance, tax, consulting services, and business recovery & reorganization. Its strength is based on a team of over 2,400 people, including some 230 partners in more than 100 offices in Quebec, eastern Ontario and New Brunswick. For over 30 years, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton has been a member of Grant Thornton International Ltd, providing clients with the expertise of member and correspondent firms in more than 100 countries.
Here is some media coverage of the press conference:
On February 21, Gilles Fortin, Manager, Purchases, Sales and Mergers at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, actively contributed to the section on buying a business, published in Les affaires. The expert emphasized that “the worst thing for a purchaser to underestimate is the transition period. Who will do what in the first three months (IT, Sales, HR, etc.)? You have to be a real stickler and let nothing escape your attention. You must also rally people behind your vision, and this takes a lot of energy. Writing a cheque isn’t enough. ”
As for the value of the company, Mr. Fortin confirms that “value is a delicate aspect, because people attach a great deal of sentimental value to a business. They imagine that it’s worth a lot, without going through a professional appraiser. The company is valued according to its numbers, but also on what isn’t in the numbers: relationships with customers and suppliers, the work force, the sales force, and innovation,” he points out.
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