19 Jun 2014
Martin Deschênes
Partner | CPA, CA | Financial advisory
Martin Deschênes

Martin Deschênes

This May 22, over 500 guests from the business, health and arts communities got together for the Jovia (Dr Clown) annual benefit evening, which raised $380,000 to support therapeutic clown programs.

Martin Deschênes, Chairman of the Partnership Boards and Assurance Partner at the Montréal office, co-chaired the organization’s fundraising campaign again this year.

Jovia-Dr-Clown

Our partner, Martin Deschênes, was very proud of this evening’s success. The honorary chair of the campaign was Claude Sirois, Co-Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice-President, Quebec at Ivanhoé Cambridge (on his right). Joël Legendre (on his left) emceed the event brilliantly.

About Jovia

Jovia’s mission is to contribute to improving the quality of life of hospital patients through its two therapeutic clown programs that combine complicity, playfulness and imagination. Jovia aims to integrate therapeutic clowns into the treatment plans of Canadian health care facilities. The therapeutic clowns work with two different clienteles: Dr Clown for children in pediatric hospitals and in specialized centres (rehabilitation and palliative care) via its Dr Clown programs, and La belle visite, for seniors who are no longer independent and living in residence or long-term care facilities (CHSLD).

For more information about this organization, visit www.jovia.ca.

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18 Jun 2014
Martin Deschênes
Partner | CPA, CA | Financial advisory

The 2014 fundraising campaign for the Outaouais section of the Red Cross is officially underway! Alain Tremblay, assurance partner in the Gatineau office, is the honorary president of this year’s campaign, and his fundraising committee has set the ambitious target of collecting $75,000 in donations.

fundraising committee

Good luck to Alain Tremblay (5th from the left) and the entire fundraising committee!

For the Red Cross, your contribution can change everything!

In the Outaouais, 80 volunteers are ready to step in to help disaster victims, any time and everywhere. In just one year, 53 interventions brought volunteer assistance to 168 people in a region that stretches from Papineauville to Maniwaki.

When everything goes wrong, the Red Cross is there! Whether it is for one person, one family or an entire community, the volunteers offer comfort and essential emergency assistance in the event of tragedy. The financial support of the general public and especially the business community is more important than ever for the Red Cross. In fact, the Red Cross receives no government subsidies, and its efforts depend entirely on the generosity of its donors.

Bravo to our expert for his commitment to the community, which offers a good illustration of our corporate culture and the way we work in the markets and communities we serve. It reflects our CLEARR values, which are integrated into every sphere of our activities and define our relationships with our colleagues, our clients and the world in general.

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17 Jun 2014
Martin Deschênes
Partner | CPA, CA | Financial advisory

The expertise of Maurice Arsenault, Tax Partner and consumer tax expert at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, was solicited by journalist Josée Thibeault in a video report and an article distributed on Radio-Canada. They dealt with the question of the potential tax increase on online purchases. In fact, Internet purchases on a foreign site are not subject to GST or QST: a bargain for consumers, but a real shortfall for the federal and provincial governments, not to speak of the sense of injustice felt by many companies incorporated in Canada, according to the report.

For more information, watch the report and read the article illustrating it

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17 Jun 2014
Martin Deschênes
Partner | CPA, CA | Financial advisory

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is delighted to have been retained by the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal to work on the study “Transferring businesses to the entrepreneurial succession: a major issue for the Québec economy and the sustainability of SMEs“. Released this June 3, the study generated keen interest from the media, the public and the players concerned by the entrepreneurial succession issue.

In particular, it shows that over the next 10 years, the Québec economy will be subjected to real pressure related to the entrepreneurial deficit:

  • Between 5,700 and 10,000 Québec businesses could close their doors;
  • 79,000 to 139,000 jobs are at stake;
  • The economic losses anticipated range between $8.2 billion and $12 billion of GDP.

The main conclusions of this study produced by Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton were reported in various media:

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is proud to have also been a partner in the activities held during RDV Relève incMC, an annual province-wide initiative created by Fonds de solidarité FTQ and the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal to deal more effectively with the entrepreneurial succession issue.

Dragon’s Den

A series of activities were held in Montréal, Valleyfield and Québec City, from June 3 to 5, to raise awareness and promote and facilitate business transfers. Éric Dufour, Édith Pion, Steeve Vachon and Sylvain Darche participated in luncheon discussions highlighting business transfer success stories. They also took part in “Défis repreneurs” (Buyers’ Challenges), inspired by the concept of the international hit show Dragon’s Den. The winning buyers were awarded personalized coaching provided by Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton.

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