The third Rendez-vous du Savoir, which was held on November 14 and 15, 2012 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal, was a tremendous success that Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton was proud to associated with. The event was an opportunity to generate constructive dialogue, promote collaboration and strengthen ties between academia and industry. With its interest in the next generation, and well aware of the importance of knowledge for Quebec’s economic development on the world scene, our Firm is proud to have played a role in the success of this event, which drew over 3,000 participants to its various activities.
RCGT was a notable presence throughout the Rendez-vous du Savoir, not only because of its role as co-partner, but also through its involvement in the event’s various activities.
Several Firm members attended the opening event, a conference-debate organized by the Montreal Council of Foreign Relations (MCFR) on “Knowledge on a global scale: between competition and cooperation”. Additionally Emilio Imbriglio, Leader of the Financial Advisory Group and Chairman of the Board of Directors, concluded the conference-debate before a group of over 200 people, by thanking the panellists, Guy Breton, Rector, Université de Montréal, Sylvie Beauchamp, President, Universités du Québec, Jacynthe Côté, Chief Executive, Rio Tinto Alcan and Guy Lachapelle, Secretary General, International Political Science Association. RCGT was also involved in a luncheon event organized by the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, where Julie Payette spoke on the theme “The knowledge economy: Are we ready?” with several Firm members in attendance at the head table. RCGT representatives and business contacts also participated in the Recognition Award Gala, a prime opportunity to take a look back at the various events of this year’s Rendez-vous du Savoir.
The Firm also organized the Rendez-vous du Savoir’s first thematic event, the November 15th breakfast under the theme “Business–university collaboration and how it influences development in Northern Quebec”. Moderated by Emilio Imbriglio, the event brought together a prestigious panel consisting of Jean-Paul Lacasse, Professor in Aboriginal Law, University of Ottawa, Bryan Coates, Vice-President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer, Osisko, Michel Jébrak, Full Professor, UQAT-UQAM Mining Entrepreneurship Research Chair, Richard Lapierre, Director, Strategic Development, Aluminerie Alouette inc. and Jean Brosseau, Vice President, Medium Businesses with Desjardins. Panellists discussed the importance of adapting academic training to the needs of businesses of the North. These businesses had expressed the need for finding out about and accessing existing research that would be of interest to their sector. The discussion brought to light the need to implement channels of communication between universities and research chairs and centres and industry in order to promote a better transfer of knowledge and expertise.
Pictured (left to right): Emilio Imbriglio, Leader of the Financial Advisory Group and Chairman of the Board of Directors at RCGT, Jean-Paul Lacasse, Professor in Aboriginal Law, University of Ottawa, Bryan Coates, Vice-President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer, Osisko, Michel Jébrak, Full Professor, UQAT-UQAM Mining Entrepreneurship Research Chair, Jean Brosseau, Vice-President, Medium Businesses with Desjardins and Richard Lapierre, Director, Strategic Development, Aluminerie Alouette inc.