12 Jul 2011

Using an original idea, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton set itself apart during the Chambre de commerce région de Mégantic’s golf tournament in June. Our colleagues in the Eastern Townships decided to literally bring our ad campaign theme (Tell us what’s keeping you up at night) to life by setting up a real bed on one of the golf course holes!

The tournament players couldn’t help but notice the bold and surprising installation, which brought a smile to many of their faces. The players were also asked to fill out a coupon saying what keeps them up at night, and the answers were as original as our idea.

This was a fine opportunity for our Firm to get noticed and make an amusing initial contact with the event’s participants. Guy Fauteux, Partner, and Jérome Poulin, Assurance Manager, who both work in the Lac Mégantic office, were the ones who suggested the idea to set up the bed on the course. Well done!

Our three hosts had a lot of fun leading the event, which got many people talking! From left to right: Chantal Guillemette, Manager, Corporate Finance Consulting (Sherbrooke), Karyn Lebrun, Consultant, Management Consulting (Sherbrooke) and Christian Paquet, Manager, Business Development for the Eastern Townships region.

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07 Jul 2011

Montréal, July 7, 2011 – Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton applauds the Québec government’s announcement to implement the Western Climate Initiative’s (WCI) cap-and-trade credit system for greenhouse gas emissions. The system targets companies generating 25,000 tons and more of greenhouse gases (GHG) per year.

This announcement will allow 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 GHG regulations as of January 2013. The initiative will enable Québec to establish a schedule based on that of major WCI partners, such as California, Ontario and British Columbia,” said Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, Lead Senior Manager, Environment, Greenhouse Gases, Roger Fournier.

In our view, the gas emission allowance market, which is now being created in cooperation with the states of California and New Mexico and the provinces of Ontario and British Columbia, is excellent news for Québec companies. Once it is regulated, this market will benefit our entrepreneurs, who can capitalize on the advantages of a regulated market. The proposed system accepts up to 8% in offset credits for regulated entity emissions. We see this as a business opportunity for other Québec enterprises that will have reduced their emissions and, consequently, will be able to sell those offset credits,” added Advisory Partner, Gérald Daly.

In addition, implementation of the regulation in various North American markets should significantly benefit Québec companies using renewable energy. Thanks to our locally produced hydroelectricity, Québec companies enjoy a very low carbon balance sheet compared to their competitors in the United States and other Canadian provinces, which must deal with much more polluting energy sources.

Such a distinctive factor constitutes a real positioning opportunity for our companies, particularly in a market where responsible supply linked to sustainable development are favoured. A small carbon footprint is a very real comparative advantage that can be used by enterprises to set themselves,” concluded Mr. Fournier.

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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Francis Letendre
Public Relations Consultant
Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton
Tel. : 514 390-4201
Cell. : 514 554-1685
[email protected]

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07 Jul 2011

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is proud to join forces with Montréal-based SAJE, whose mission is to contribute to the business success of new entrepreneurs, by offering them consulting services, coaching and training. The recently-signed agreement will enable our Firm to work closely with SAJE, an organization committed to fostering the success of local entrepreneurs. Professionals from our Firm will also have the opportunity to transmit their expertise to entrepreneurs participating in the organization’s conferences and training workshops, thus enabling business people to obtain sound advice in order to increase their entity’s performance and innovation abilities.

Martin Lemay, partnerWe are also pleased that one of our experts, Martin Lemay, Assurance Partner, has been elected to serve on the SAJE Board of Directors. Mr. Lemay has 14 years of experience in consulting and auditing services with a very diversified entrepreneurial client base. He also has vast experience with private service and manufacturing enterprises and financial institutions, as well as insurance and public companies and government and not-for-profit organizations. He possesses in-depth assurance knowledge and has developed expertise in planning audit assignments, developing assurance programs and examining financial, accounting and administrative issues.

To find out more about SAJE: http://sajeenaffaires.org/

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05 Jul 2011

The first edition of the Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Classic was held from June 29-July 1, 2011 at the Club de golf du Bic in the Lower-Saint-Lawrence region.

This second stage of theYamaha Cart Plus circuit of the Association des golfeurs professionnels du Québec (AGP) was an amazing success! And what’s more Dave Lévesque, a local, was the big winner thanks to his eight below-par score.

The winner, Dave Lévesque (on the left), being awarded a $6,000 cheque from Michel Proulx (on the right), Vice-President of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s Lower-Saint-Lawrence/Gaspésie region

We should mention that the tournament was preceded by the RCGT Pro-am Challenge, where many of our partners and clients were able to tee off against the crème de la crème of the Quebec golf circuit! Hats off to our Vice-president Michel Proulx and his entire team for having made the Classic a successful event that delighted all of the participants.

Prominent media visibility

Thanks to its association with the AGP, the Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton name was featured province-wide over the past few days. Uur Firm was mentioned in several weeklies (Le Soleil, Le Nouvelliste, Le Quotidien, L’Avantage, La Presse, Journal de Montréal, etc.), and on Web sites (Cyberpresse, Canoë, RDS, CKAC, etc.) in addition to various radio or TV sports segments. Moreover, since the event was picked up by The Canadian Press, quite a few local print and weeklies re-ran the story, providing RCGT with prominent visibility.

Yvan Beauchemin tees off against golf legends

While the Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Classic was underway, Yvan Beauchemin was taking part for a second year in a row in the Championnat de Montréal, a PGA Champions tour featuring a host of golf legends. Although he was facing some stiff competition, Yvan Beauchemin, sponsored by our Firm, did well under the circumstances, finishing with a six-under par to rank 52nd overall in the tournament, which was won by John Cook.

To view the 2011 AGP tour schedule so that you can come out and support the crème de la crème of the Québec pro golf scene, go to our Web site at: www.rcgt.com/en/sports.