21 Feb 2013

On February 5, 2013, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton organized a sustainable development reporting day in Montréal, in collaboration with Fondaction and Neuvaction.

Participants from the government and private sectors came together to discuss and reflect upon reporting best practices according to Sustainable Development Act principles and Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) requirements. Pioneering Quebec organizations in this field participated in the conference and shared their expertise.

Johanne Gélinas, Partner in Charge of the Sustainable Development and Greenhouse Gas Management practice at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, participated in the event and took advantage of the occasion to emphasize the importance of committing to sustainable development: (Quote translated)

“More and more Quebec organizations are adopting social responsibility and sustainable development initiatives to meet the need for organizations to improve performance and a growing social demand for accountability and transparency. Whether on a voluntary basis, as with the private sector, or to meet regulatory requirements, as with ministries and organizations, reporting is an essential component for the success of these initiatives.

The GRI guidelines are of interest because the GRI is a recognized international reference around which practitioners and experts develop consensus. In addition to being adopted by sustainable development leaders in the business community, Quebec organizations are also starting to do the same.”

Thanks to everyone who attended and who helped to make the event a resounding success!

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20 Feb 2013

Congratulations to Chantal Lessard, assurance partner in the Sherbrooke office, for her presentation in the Desjardins “Le succès au féminin” series on January 29 in Sherbrooke.

Enriching the lives of businesswomen

The event, held by the Desjardins Business Centre – Estrie, brought together some one hundred businesswomen from the Eastern Townships, a record turnout since the beginning of the series. Chantal Lessard was one of the panellists, and the account of her road to success and the challenges she faced resonated with the women in the audience and proved that it is possible for a woman to hold a key position in a large corporation. The other panellists at the presentation were Lise Compagna, from Waterville Woodcraft, Anne Ouellet-Painchaud, from RESSAC, and Renelle Anctil, from RONA.

Hats off to all these talented women!

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19 Feb 2013
Johanne Gélinas

Johanne Gélinas (right), receiving her award from Brigitte Simard of Korn/Ferry.

Congratulations to Johanne Gélinas, Partner in Charge of the Sustainable Development and Greenhouse Gas Management practice for having won the Phare award for best enterprise governance in the government corporation category, as Recyc-Québec’s Chairperson of the Board.

Sound Governance and Social Responsibility

The eleventh edition of this competition, which was organized by Les Affaires and Korn/Ferry International, put the spotlight on remarkable enterprises and boards of directors. The boards that set themselves apart through their sound governance in social responsibility within their organization were recognized in three main categories: very large enterprises, large enterprises and government corporations.

This excellence in enterprise governance gala is considered a major event for those who focus on governance ethics and excellence as central to business concerns. To find out more, read the article published in Les Affaires (French only).

Hats off to Johanne Gélinas on yet more recognition of her expertise, experience and discipline.

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18 Feb 2013
Michel Lefebvre

Michel Lefebvre

Congratulations to Michel Lefebvre, Montréal Tax Partner, for his recent appointment to Wavefront’s Board of Directors.

Wavefront is a not-for-profit National Centre of Excellence accelerating the growth and success of wireless companies in Canada by connecting them with critical resources, partners and opportunities, to drive economic and social benefits for Canada. Wavefront provides a suite of WaveGuide™ training, advisory, accelerator and testing services for wireless companies and non-wireless companies looking to leverage mobile technology.

Wavefront facilitates commercial engagement between the mobile ecosystem (mobile operators, platform providers, device manufacturers), enterprise companies and innovative developers in Canada

To learn more about Wavefront, click here

Congratulations to Michel Lefebvre on this appointment, which yet again confirms our firm’s involvement in the ITC and mobility sector!