14 Nov 2018

Sunset in Cannes: The backdrop for Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s media and entertainment event at MIPCOM 2018.

For the 14th year in a row, our specialists, Alain Lacasse, Éric Julien, Guillaume Landry and Charles David participated in one of the largest media and entertainment industry gatherings—MIPCOM The World’s Entertainment Content Market—and took the opportunity to greet industry members at a cocktail organized in partnership with Grant Thornton UK, Grant Thornton Ireland, Globalex and National Bank.

This year, over 200 people were in attendance at the Plage du Goéland in Cannes for food and drinks and to meet with industry members under the backdrop of a magnificent sunset.

“It was the ideal opportunity to network and cement our business relationships all while strengthening our ties to the Grant Thornton family,” said Alain Lacasse, Partner.

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton has been supporting professionals and entrepreneurs in the film and television industry for several years. Our team of industry experts and tax, financing and assurance technical specialists stay on top of new trends and propose practical, innovative, clear, affordable and pragmatic approaches to clients.

MICPCOM 2018

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14 Nov 2018

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is very pleased to welcome Zins Beauchesne and Associates within our firm.

Specializing in strategic planning and marketing, Zins Beauchesne is recognized for the professional support it provides to private businesses and public agencies as well as its ability to apply proven data collection, research, analysis and planning techniques.

A complement to our service offering

This new expertise will contribute to our positioning as organizational growth business advisors. With this addition to our service offering we will develop new markets while consolidating our leading position in the retail, agri-food and tourism, leisure and culture sectors.

Michel Zins and Renée Dubé, President and Partner, respectively, at Zins Beauchesne and Associates will enhance our management consulting team.

Michel Zins

Michel has over 30 years of consulting experience for national and international projects. His experience and high-level education have made him a highly sought-after consultant in strategic planning and marketing, development plans, innovation and change management for private businesses, provincial and federal departments and not-for-profit organizations.

Renée Dubé

Renée has a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Marketing Research from HEC Montréal and has been providing advisory services to private businesses and public agencies on market segmentation, client expectation and satisfaction measurement and sector analyses for 25 years. Her involvement in client assignments encompasses market and positioning studies, the implementation of marketing and branding strategies and marketing and strategic planning.

 

Zins Beauchesne

Pierre Fortin, Nicolas Plante, Renée Dubé et Michel Zins

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14 Nov 2018

We’re hearing more and more about artificial intelligence and how it’s changing our every day life.

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton recently completed an assignment for the Commission scolaire du Val-des-Cerfs (CSVDC) in the Granby region that demonstrates exactly this point.The goal? Identify Grade 6 students who represent a significant risk of dropping out in the next three years.

The solution? Our firm, through its artificial intelligence and advanced analytics advice service, has contributed to the development of a computer algorithm that can identify future drop-outs with a 92% accuracy rate! To do this, we compiled 300 different factors in the file of each of the 60,000 students who had studied at the CSVDC since 2002.

To learn more, read the article that was published in La Presse+ on November 1, 2018 (in French only). You can also read the English version of this article at National Newswatch.

Our world is evolving at lightning speed and is transforming business practices. Discover all of our digital and technology consulting services!

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12 Nov 2018

Walter Capital Partners Invests in a Leading Canadian School Photography Company

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton advises Edge Imaging Inc. (“Edge”) on its sale to Walter Capital Partners (“Walter”).

Founded in 2005 and based in Burlington, Ontario, Edge is the largest Canadian-owned school photography company and the partner of choice for thousands of schools, having photographed over 10 million students since its inception. The company quickly established itself as a leader in this niche market for delivering very high-quality products with short lead-times. At the height of its business cycle, Edge currently employs over 400 people in Ontario and British Columbia.

Edge is a fully vertically integrated company which prides itself in delivering exceptional photography products as well as a great customer experience and leads the industry when it comes to privacy and security. Edge’s main target markets are elementary and high schools, and it also offers its services to colleges, universities and sports teams. Today, the Edge brand is recognized for consistently delivering high-quality products and offering a superior customer experience.

“This is an exciting new phase for Edge Imaging,” states Dave Pond, President Emeritus. “Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton has done an exceptional job of aligning Edge with a family office private equity fund, Walter Capital Partners, who are committed financially and through their expertise to growing Edge into a truly national brand.”

‘’Working with Mark Rossi and his team at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton was a seamless process from beginning to end. They worked efficiently to quickly gain the necessary knowledge about our niche industry to put forward an attractive business investment case,’’ says Dan Boudreau, the newly appointed CEO of Edge Imaging. ‘’By being thoroughly prepared, the firm went to market with a very robust approach, which resulted in a selection of equity partners that was balanced and aligned with our business objectives. The team saw the deal through to the end and continued to provide ongoing support that exceeded all expectations.’’

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton acted as exclusive financial advisor to Edge Imaging.

“We are very enthusiastic to partner with Edge Imaging and to share our capital and expertise to support their growth ambitions,” states Sam Ramadori, Managing Partner of Walter Capital Partners. “With the extensive work done by RCGT’s team in developing the opportunity and bringing together parties that share the same vision of Edge Imaging’s future potential, we are now in a position to put all the ingredients in place to replicate the successes we have had with the other companies in our portfolio.”

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

About Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is a Canadian leader in the areas of assurance, tax, advisory services and business recovery and reorganization. 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. Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is Quebec’s leading professional services firm with more than 2,500 employees. As a member firm of the Grant Thornton International network and together with its Canadian counterpart Grant Thornton LLP, the firm is a member of one of the world’s largest professional services network made up of 50,000 people in over 135 countries.

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