Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton partners with John Molson School of Business to launch a new contest: Person of the Year Awards
Real networking opportunities between academia and the business community in Québec
Montréal, September 27, 2018—Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton and Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business are proud to launch the first edition of the Person of the Year Awards. This contest, created to mark the 70th anniversary of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, aims to celebrate business people who contribute to the development of visionary local businesses and the rise of up-and-coming talent throughout Québec.
The Person of the Year Awards are designed to create real networking opportunities between academia and the business community, including giving students at John Molson School of Business the chance to meet with established leaders.
“Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton believes that great leaders are passionate people who use their talents to advance Québec and contribute to the growth of our economy,” says Emilio B. Imbriglio, President and Chief Executive Officer of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton. “They actively participate in the advancement of their profession, their industry and the next generation. We have been proud to support local leaders in their accomplishments for 70 years now, and this is why we want to honour them today with the Person of the Year Awards.”
Anne-Marie Croteau, Dean of Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business, says: “The Person of the Year Awards are unique because they inspire students at John Molson School of Business. Our mission is to make our programs as challenging and practical as possible so that our graduates are ready to contribute to Québec’s economy and social development,” She adds: “This partnership between Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton and John Molson School of Business makes these efforts even more concrete and relevant to our future leaders.”
A diverse selection committee
This collaboration builds on the strength of both organizations’ respective networks, which is reflected in all aspects of the contest, including its jury, made up of both Québec business leaders and experts from academia. MBA and MBA Executive students will also be involved in analyzing submissions.
The jury comprises the following members:
- Hubert Bolduc, President and Chief Executive Officer, Montréal International;
- Étienne Borgeat, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, PsyXnovation;
- Ingrid Chadwick, PhD, Associate Professor, John Molson School of Business;
- Barbara Henchey, Director, Office of the Dean, John Molson School of Business;
- Alexandra Panaccio, PhD, Associate Professor, John Molson School of Business;
- Bastien Poulain, Founding President, 1642.
Following the contest, students from John Molson School of Business will have the opportunity to participate in an “innovation immersion” project led by Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton and its subsidiary Catallaxy, a blockchain technology firm. Recipients of the Person of the Year Awards will assume a mentoring role. The project aims to promote inspiring meetings and will be closely linked to the technologies that influence the business world, including blockchain, artificial intelligence and Industry 4.0.
Mentoring in the spotlight
In all categories of the Person of the Year Awards, mentoring is one of the key criteria of the contest, which reflects the values advocated by Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton and John Molson School of Business. Both organizations strongly believe in the need for the leaders of today and tomorrow to be involved in their community.
The Person of the Year contest recognizes both established and up-and-coming leaders as well as those working behind the scenes who make a difference, whether through innovation, international development, strategic transactions or the strength of their leadership.
- Eclipse: “A leader who moves the market or creates a brand new one.”
- Glocal: “A leader who has created local success through international activities.”
- Instinct: “A team responsible for an innovative and complex transaction that ensures the development and growth of a local leading-edge business.”
- Person of the Year: “A leader who, through his or her vision and leadership, has taken his or her organization to another level.”
Nominations will be submitted between September 26 and December 20, 2018. Names of the 16 finalists will be announced in February 2019, and the four winners will be announced at a grand gala to be held on May 9, 2019, in Montréal.
To find out more about the criteria and the selection process as well as the key dates to submit your nomination or nominate someone else, visit www.rcgt.com/awards.
About Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton
Founded in 1948, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton (rcgt.com) has become a Canadian leader in the areas of assurance, tax, advisory services and business recovery and reorganization, with more than 2,500 professionals, including approximately 200 partners. Together, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton and Grant Thornton LLP, another Canadian member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd comprise more than 4,400 professionals and close to 170 offices across Canada to help Canadian organizations achieve their full growth potential both locally and globally. Grant Thornton International Ltd provides clients with the expertise of member and correspondent firms across more than 135 countries and more than 50,000 professionals.
About John Molson School of Business
Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business is one of the largest business schools in the world. Focused on academic excellence, John Molson School of Business provides an engaging learning and research environment that inspires us to go beyond the commonplace for the development of business and society. Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business since 1997, John Molson School of Business offers programs at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels. John Molson School of Business’s internationally renowned faculty members are constantly pushing the boundaries of business research, and its experiential learning activities provide students with hands-on training that complements classroom instruction. The school’s state-of-the-art facilities are housed in the LEED Silver-certified John Molson School of Business Building, the vibrant green centre of Concordia University’s Sir George Williams Campus in downtown Montréal.
Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton and John Molson School of Business