13 Jan 2012

MONTRÉAL, January 13, 2012 – Jean Robillard, President and CEO of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, is very proud to announce the appointment of Nathalie Normandeau to the position of Vice-President of Strategic Development at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton. “The arrival of a personality as talented and influential as Nathalie Normandeau within our Firm is a tremendous boon for our team and especially for our clients who will be able to benefit from her rich expertise and knowledge of Quebec economic, financial and political issues to support them in their business projects,” he commented.

Ms. Normandeau’s responsibilities will include advising clients operating in various economic sectors. “Clients across Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s network and 90 offices will be able to benefit from my knowledge of government and Quebec regions, their specific issues and their economic and political challenges. I am delighted to join this influential Quebec firm, where I will be able to continue contributing to the success of businesses throughout Quebec,” stated Nathalie Normandeau, Vice-President of Strategic Development.

Contrary to what was reported by certain media outlets yesterday, Ms. Normandeau will have no specific assignment related to the Plan Nord. Moreover, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is aware that Ms. Normandeau is subject to certain constraints under the Code of ethics and conduct of the Members of the National Assembly and the Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Act. Both Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton and Ms. Normandeau have every intention of complying with these requirements.
“Considering Ms. Normandeau’s leadership, her ability to mobilize people, her communication skills and her utmost professionalism, her contributions will clearly be an enormous advantage for our team and clients. On behalf of all of our Partner and employees, I would like to reiterate our appreciation that she has chosen Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton to help build Quebec businesses by contributing to the growth of our Quebec clients and entrepreneurs. I wish her all the best with her new duties,” concluded Jean Robillard.

Ms. Normandeau will begin her duties officially in May 2012 and, while she will be stationed out of the Montréal office, she is prepared to travel all over Quebec to serve our clients.

About Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton

Founded in 1948, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is a leader in the fields of assurance, taxation, consulting and recovery and reorganization services. The Firm owes its success to over 2,000 employees, including more than 225 Partners in over 90 offices in Quebec, eastern Ontario and New Brunswick. The scope of its network makes it a leader in its business segment. For the past 30 years, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton has been a member of Grant Thornton International Ltd providing its clients with the expertise of member and correspondent firms in more than 100 countries.

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For more information:

Francis Letendre
Public Relations Consultant
Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton
T.: 514-390-4201
C.: 514-554-1685
letendre.francis@rcgt.com
www.rcgt.com

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19 Dec 2011

1. Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton carries out its verification and validation assignments for greenhouse gas emission reduction projects and verification assignments of greenhouse gas emission inventory projects according to the ISO-14064 standard and other recognized applicable standards. The latter require that the verifier or validator remain independent of the activity being verified or validated, avoid biases and conflicts of interest and remain objective throughout the validation or verification to guarantee that the results and conclusions will be based on tangible proof obtained through the validation or verification.

2. As a chartered professional accountants firm, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton has an assurance practice that complies with Canadian Audit Standards that apply to all assurance engagements, including greenhouse gas emission verification. All Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Partners and employees must adhere to the independence standards that apply to their profession. To this end, the general provisions on independence of the code of ethics of chartered professional accountants of Québec require that the member carrying out or participating in an assurance engagement or an application of specified auditing procedures engagement be and remain free of any influence, interest and relationship that, in respect of such engagement, could affect his or her professional judgement or objectivity or that could be interpreted as such in the eyes of a reasonable observer.

3. In order to meet the greenhouse gas verification standards and the code of ethics of chartered professional accountants of Québec, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s Environment Group on Greenhouse Gases requires the following from Partners and employees:

a) Total compliance with the greenhouse gas verification standards regarding one’s independence from an entity’s activities on which we are issuing a verification or validation report as well as from an entity that produced a quantification report subject to our verification or validation report.

b)
Total compliance with the section on independence of the code of ethics of chartered professional accountants of Québec regarding an entity’s activities for which we are issuing a verification or validation report as well as an entity that produced a quantification report subject to our verification or validation report.

c)
Total compliance with Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s independence standards.

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Before the work begins, all engagement team members must declare their independence with respect to an entity for which we are issuing a verification or validation report as well as an entity that produced a quantification report subject to our verification or validation report.

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15 Dec 2011

Montréal, December 15, 2011 – Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is taking advantage of the adoption of the Regulation respecting the cap and trade system for greenhouse gas emission allowances by the Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks, Pierre Arcand, to reiterate its support of this initiative benefiting numerous Quebec companies.

According to Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, this announcement allows Québec companies to start preparing now for the implementation of the cap-and-trade system and the transition period that will lead to enforcing the greenhouse gas (GHG) regulations as of January 2013. The regulation is consistent with multiple Quebec initiatives already in place to counter climate changes.

“The emission allowance market currently being created is good news for our numerous companies in the clean technologies sector and innovative industrial establishments in Quebec. With the 2013 regulations, Quebec companies will definitely be able to benefit concretely from this new GHG market,” remarked Roger Fournier, Lead Senior Manager, Environment, Greenhouse Gases and GHG Certification Specialist at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton.

“This system will accept offset credits so that companies subject to the regulation will be able to comply. We see this as an excellent business opportunity for various non-regulated Quebec companies that are innovating and adopting best practices for environmental protection. Companies that reduce their emissions may possibly be able to sell their offset credits to regulated entities. With this system, Quebec is demonstrating its leadership once again and confirming the importance of contributing to the reduction of GHG emissions for our generation and those to come,” Mr. Fournier concluded.

The memorandum submitted by Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton in connection with the public consultations held for the regulation project is available here: http://www.rcgt.com/ghg-memorandum.

About Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton

Founded in 1948, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is a leader in the fields of assurance, taxation, consulting, business recovery and reorganization services. The Firm owes its success to a team of over 2,000 people, including over 225 partners in more than 90 offices in Quebec, eastern Ontario and New Brunswick. The scope of its network has made the Firm the leader in its sector of activities. Additionally, for more than thirty years now, our Firm has also been a member of Grant Thornton International Ltd., providing its clientele with access to the expertise of member and correspondent firms in over 100 countries.

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Information:

Francis Letendre
Public Relations Consultant
Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton
Tel.: 514 390-4201
Cell: 514 554-1685
letendre.francis@rcgt.com
www.rcgt.com

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08 Dec 2011

When she reached the summit of Vinson Massif in Antarctica on November 26, 2011, Véronique Denys, Tax Manager in the Québec City office, became the first Quebec woman to have scaled to the top of the highest mountain peak on each of the seven continents.

To celebrate her return, a press conference was held on December 6 at the Québec City office. Several members of the media attended, giving the news fitting visibility.

Once again, congratulations to Véronique Denys, a true source of inspiration for Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton employees and Partners!

To read our official press release, please go to “Press and Publications” on the RCGT.com Web site.

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