02 Jun 2017
Chantal Lessard
Partner | CPA, CA | Assurance

Chantal Lessard, Assurance Partner with Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, is the co-founder of the La Ruche crowdfunding platform introduced in Sherbrooke.

“I’m very proud to be associated with this project that brings regional business people and promoters with creative ideas together! La Ruche proposes a different financing approach, supported by a solid regional business network,” our expert added.

La Ruche is a non-profit organization with a mission to encourage the emergence of projects stimulating the influence and vitality of a given area. Through its proximity crowdfunding platform, La Ruche actively contributes to the development of new projects in the province of Quebec. La Ruche is innovative through its non-profit organization structure, the personalized guidance provided and the concept of regional proximity it promotes.

To learn more, listen to the interview on ICI Radio-Canada Première and read the La Ruche press release (in French).

02 Jun 2017  |  Written by :

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01 Jun 2017

On May 23, 2017, the new integrated accounting-consulting services offering for SMEs was finally officially unveiled during the launch of operiō. The event, held at the magnificent Mont-Royal chalet in Montréal, brought together more than 500 guests, including dignitaries, important business figures and of course, SME owners and operators.

The evening, hosted by Simon Durivage who acted as the Emcee for the occasion, began with speeches from the main operiō team members, followed by a few enthusiastic words from Lise Thériault, Deputy Premier and Minister responsible for Small and Medium Enterprises, Regulatory Streamlining and Regional Economic Development and the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

As it was the perfect opportunity, Serge Beauchemin, angel investor and renowned Dragon, presented a one-year membership to operiō to the two winners of the Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton prize, offered in connection with Dans l’œil du dragon.

The many entrepreneurs in attendance were able to meet with the operiō representatives onsite to obtain further details about this innovative service, or plan a more formal meeting in the near future. Magnificent kiosks in the operiō colours enabled viewers to discover the user-friendly aspect of this leading-edge technology on electronic tablets.

Kim Rusk, the official reporter for this event on social media, captured several moments of the evening live on Facebook. You can view her interviews on the operiō Facebook page.

Pierre Garant, Partner, National Assurance Leader and President of operiō, Annie Dupont, Manager, Sales & Marketing for operiō et Adel Mabrouk, General Manager of operiō


Lise Thériault, Deputy Premier and Minister responsible for Small and Medium Enterprises, Regulatory Streamlining and Regional Economic Development


The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

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26 May 2017

Partner Rémi Fortin, in charge of the Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton offices in Beauce, discussed the sale of Canam Group shares to an American investment company on an episode of Première heure. Canam Group is the largest North American manufacturer of steel components and specializes in designing integrated solutions for the construction industry.

Rémi briefly explained the basis of the transaction and its repercussions on the region to Ici Radio-Canada.

Listen to the report.

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26 May 2017

Éric Dufour, Regional Vice-President and National Business Transfer Leader at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, shares his recommendations and discusses the issues concerning the planning of a business transfer, such as:

  • Key elements of a transfer
  • Clash of generations
  • The will to serve
  • Five important milestones
  • Thwarting the trend
  • Identifying visionaries
  • Learning to wait
  • Propelling growth

Read the article published in the March-April issue of L’automobile. The magazine is also available.