25 May 2012

Over the week of May 13, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton led a delegation of clients, business partners and experts to Fermont and Sept-Îles, to experience first-hand the effervescence of the Plan Nord developments and to better understand the reality of life north of the 49th parallel.

The first mission of its kind to originate from the Montreal area, it brought together various and complimentary fields of expertise, such as financing, infrastructures, workplace psychology, water treatment, mining resource optimization, and residential construction.

In two days, the delegation met with Champion Minerals, the Fermont mayoress, Lise Pelletier, the vice-headman of the Innu community Takuaikan Uashat mak Mani-Utenam, Mike McKenzie, the Sept-Îles mayor, Serge Lévesque, and his Deputy General Manager, Denis Clements, as well as their colleagues in charge of economic development, the president of Métal 7, Christian Michaud, Cégep de Sept-Îles’s General Manager, Donald Bherer, and his colleagues, as well as the Chairman of Sept-Îles Port Administration, Carol Soucy.

M. Soucy, also an experienced helicopter pilot, gave members of the delegation a chance to fully understand the extent of the port facilities’ development implications from an unique aerial perspective.

Members of the delegation are now returning to Montreal with a broader understanding of the Plan Nord, which involves much more than numbers, and provide them with an undeniable advantage with regards to this important project.

In addition to the numerous construction sites already on their way, they observed how a labour shortage is hard to ease when the community also faces a housing shortage. However, despite these challenges, local elected officials and decision-makers maintain a positive and thoughtful outlook and proved tremendously generous towards their visitors.

This first experience is a resounding success for Raymond Chabot Grant Thronton, as is visible in these photos and foreshadows many more inspiring visits to the vast expanse affected by the Plan Nord.

On the photo : The participants of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s (RCGT) first official Plan Nord mission, from left to right : Paul Saunders, Mediagriff, Michel Labelle, Nordmec, Jonathan Morin, Atwill-Morin, Marie-Pierre Lépine, RCGT, Emilio Imbriglio, RCGT, Anand Beejan, RCGT, Luc Chabot, Groupe Relais-Expert, Marie-Claude Bellemare, Heenen Blaikie, Pierre Pichette, Banque Scotia, Chantal Sylvestre, Heenan Blaikie, Marc Poisson, NATIONAL.

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24 May 2012

Congratulations to Nathalie Ashby, CEO of CIBLE Solutions d’affaires who, on May 17, 2012, became the inaugural winner of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s Merit Scholarship worth $13,750. This scholarship covers half of the registration fees for one full year of the skills development program at the École d’entrepreneurship de Beauce.

As commented by Bernard Poulin, Tax Partner at the Saint-Georges office, “Quebec aspires to improve its performance. It’s a collective desire that is based on one main premise: our ability to learn. The École d’entrepreneurship de Beauce contributes consistently to this development and Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is extremely proud to be associated with the success of this school and encourage Quebeckers’ entrepreneurial passion.”

A Unique Establishment

This unique school, founded by Marc Dutil, CEO of the Canam Group Inc., makes it possible for 30 “learner-entrepreneurs” to be trained by renowned “teacher-entrepreneurs” such as Jean Coutu, Gregory Charles, Robert Dutton, Marcel Dutil, Mario Girard and Alain Lemaire.

École d'entrepreneurship de Beauce

Chantal Lessard, Sherbrooke office Assurance Partner, in charge of Nathalie Ashby’s account, along with Nathalie Ashby herself, and two representatives from our Saint-Georges office, Bernard Poulin, Tax Partner, and Luc Thibaudeau, Senior Manager, Corporate Finance Advisory Services, were all proud to be present to celebrate this event.

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is proud of its association with the École d’entrepreneurship de Beauce and wishes the utmost success to Nathalie Ashby in her career as an entrepreneur!

Explorer Profile of Nathalie Ashby on the École d’entrepreneurship de Beauce’s blog (French only)

Explorer Press Release – Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Teams Up with the École d’entrepreneurship de Beauce (July 13, 2011)

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18 May 2012

The Société Radio-Canada will develop a vast $1.6B real estate project on its René-Lévesque site. Located a few blocks away from the CHUM, its research centre and the Quartier de la santé and covering an area of 1.2 million square feet, this highly complex project will transform the city’s downtown core.

We won the bid as a result of a joint effort by members of a multidisciplinary team from the Montréal office, which included infrastructure professionals; real estate professionals, and Tax Partner. The team was able to address the client’s needs by presenting a complete and unique service offering.

This win demonstrates the complementarity of our services and the potential of this multidisciplinary team to prove to the selection committee that its experience and expertise is a winning combination, including leading-edge knowledge of the Montreal market and an impressive track record of large financing and infrastructure projects.

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16 May 2012

Experts from Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s Financial Advisory Group, in collaboration with the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (CCPPP), have conducted a large-scale research project on public-private partnership in the Canadian hospital sector.

The report, entitled “Breaking New Ground: P3 Hospitals in Canada”, presents P3 hospital project case studies, lessons learned, challenges and the implications for the future.

The diligent work of Sam Pickering, Partner in our Montréal office, and that of the entire team that assisted him, has resulted in an outstanding and content-rich publication.