04 Apr 2016

MONTRÉAL, April 4, 2016 – Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is pleased to be taking part in the new season of Radio-Canada’s Dans l’œil du dragon (the French-language version of “Dragon’s Den”) as a financial partner and professional expert.

“Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, Quebec’s leading accounting firm, is here to support the growth of local businesses by drawing from the talent of its 2,500 people and some 60 services. As our society’s prosperity necessarily involves businesses that demonstrate boldness, agility and drive, we are very pleased to partner with a television show that showcases the passion for entrepreneurship of people whose projects contribute to building an increasingly competitive economy,” noted President and CEO Emilio B. Imbriglio.

“For more than 65 years, our firm has been supporting Canadian entrepreneurs in achieving their business objectives. Our involvement in a program dedicated to entrepreneurship falls within the scope of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s very mission, which is to offer our wealth-creating businesses the means to attain their ambitions,” said Western Region Vice-President, Samuel Havida.

Three of the firm’s experts offer business people practical advice in their online capsules, which can be viewed on the Radio-Canada program website: http://dragon.radio-canada.ca/. Users will also be able to watch all five videos presenting sound advice from partners Karine Desrochers, Martin Deschênes and Éric Dufour, also a Regional Vice-President.

“For us, this association is another excellent way to support entrepreneurs in achieving their full potential for growth. Our partnership must continually seek to stimulate entrepreneurship and put the spotlight on business success. It goes without saying that Dans l’œil du dragon is a unique way to encourage our entrepreneurs’ creativity, innovation and performance,” observed Recovery & Reorganization Vice-President, Marc Bergeron.


The Dragons along with Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s Marc Bergeron (first, second row), Vice-President, Recovery & Reorganization Group, Emilio B. Imbriglio (second from left, second row), President and CEO, and Alain Lacasse (far right, second row) Assurance Partner

About Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton

Founded in 1948, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton has become a leader in the fields of assurance, tax, consulting services, and business recovery & reorganization. Its strength is based on a team of over 2,500 people, including some 230 partners. Together, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton and Grant Thornton LLP, another Canadian member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd, help dynamic Canadian organizations unlock their potential for growth with over 4,300 people and some 140 offices across Canada. Grant Thornton International Ltd provides clients with the expertise of member and correspondent firms in more than 130 countries, with over 40,000 people.

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03 Apr 2016

50 ans Beauce

Over the last 50 years, our Beauce partners and employees have witnessed the success and growth of many businesses in the region. It goes without saying that business associations have played, and continue to play, a central role in carrying out development projects to benefit the Beauce community. At Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, we maintain lasting relationships with these important organizations because we are driven by the same values of business growth, innovation and success. As part of our series of articles on the 50th anniversary of our history in Beauce, we wish to highlight the key contribution of these associations.

Discussion with Partners in the Growth of Beauce Businesses

Nancy Labbé, Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de la Nouvelle‑Beauce; Nathalie Roy, Chambre de commerce de Saint-Georges; Claude Morin, Conseil économique de Beauce; Marlène Bisson, Développement économique Nouvelle‑Beauce; Daniel Chaîné, Centre local de développement Robert-Cliche

Chambre de commerce et d'industrie Nouvelle-Beauce La Chambre de commerce de Saint-Georges Conseil économique de Beauce
Développement économique Nouvelle-Beauce CLD Robert-Cliche

It’s a known fact: Beauce is a hotbed of entrepreneurs. With its dynamic economy and plethora of businesses, an entrepreneurial spirit seems to be part of its very DNA. After all, this is where the École d’Entrepreneurship de Beauce was born. “This is who we are,” explains Nancy Labbé, General Director of the Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de la Nouvelle‑Beauce, whose mission is to promote the development of the business community through networking and relationship building. She continues, “If you look at the Dutil, Vachon and Dulac families, you see business people who had vision, self-confidence and were able to make a place for themselves. The people of Beauce relish rolling up their sleeves and overcoming challenges.” Nathalie Roy, head of the Chambre de commerce de Saint-Georges, a business network whose goal is to promote the economic development of Beauce and the interest of its 400 members, agrees. She believes that the character of its citizens has served as the basis for the region’s business vitality, “The people of Beauce have always had an entrepreneurial spirit and been very resourceful. They are dynamic, independent, creative and are able to overcome obstacles.” For Claude Morin, General Director of the Conseil économique de Beauce, an industrial commissioner with close ties to manufacturing companies whose mission is to search for financing and foster business meetings, Beauce business owners don’t wait for others to launch a project. “They tend to be free-spirited,” he says, “they’re entrepreneurial and independent. They have an idea and go for it.”

The Strength of the Beauce Economy

On the basis of these entrepreneurial values, the people of Beauce have built a diversified economy. Marlène Bisson is an industrial commissioner and Chief of Operations at Développement économique Nouvelle‑Beauce. This organization’s mandate is to offer various services to Beauce businesses, including coaching, help searching for financing and training, to promote Nouvelle‑Beauce’s economic development. For her, the region’s vitality is due in large part to the manufacturing sector’s major presence but also to the diversity of its businesses, both in size (small to big) and range of industries. “The Beauce economy is highly diversified; it’s not dependent on any one industry. Several industries perform well and this helps us positively weather economic cycles,” states Daniel Chaîné, industrial commissioner and General Director of the Centre local de développement Robert-Cliche, whose mission is to drive the RCM’s economic growth by fostering entrepreneurship and local development.

Inspiring Entrepreneurs

Some of the stars of the Quebec economy had their start here, in the heart of the Chaudière River valley; organizations such as the Canam Group, MAAX or Vachon, with their famous pastries. The key to success of these businesses relies on several factors. According to Nancy Labbé, “Business that succeed are those that can adapt to change, think of new ways of doing things, and innovate. I also think that sometimes you need to accept that you’re not good at everything and know how to surround yourself with the right people to get the job done.” The dynamic spirit of young entrepreneurs is also a key to success. One she admires is Christian Marcoux of Christian Marcoux, Cuisine et Mobilier Design, “He’s a very motivated young man, full of ideas. He’s made a name for himself, is expanding and we’ll be seeing more and more of him.” Christian Marcoux, Cuisine et Mobilier Design is growing and received a 2015 Nobilis Award from the Association des professionnels de la construction et de l’habitation du Québec.

Key Success Factors

Having a solid foundation, a strong business plan and good strategies allows businesses to focus on development. “Successful businesses are those with a strong structure, that prioritize innovation, productivity and market development,” explains Marlène Bisson. For Claude Morin, mutual support is also at the heart of a business community’s success. This is why he believes a business network allows business owners to share their struggles and get the help they need, “Entrepreneurs who have a business network have a competitive advantage. It shows that they’re not working in a vacuum, they’re able to talk about their mistakes, open up and ask others for help. That’s really big.”

One of the main success factors is the availability of qualified manpower. “Successful businesses also choose strategies that make them stand out as a top employer, which makes them attractive from a recruitment point-of-view and creates a feeling of pride and belonging for their employees,” highlights Marlène Bisson. A local business she admires is Métal Bernard Inc. for its “retention strategy, ability to attract employees and the managerial focus on teams, members and employees who make up the company. It’s one of their strengths.”

Coming Challenges

When discussing the future of Beauce businesses, everyone agrees: the lack of manpower in the region represents a major stake in its economic development. “Historically, Beauce has always been a very vibrant and entrepreneurial region with a very low unemployment rate. So, our biggest challenge right now is an employee shortage. It’s slowing down the region’s economic growth,” asserts Daniel Chaîné. If this issue is a major problem for the region’s entrepreneurial future, it is also a sign of a growing economy and low unemployment. “Right now, Beauce’s job offering is greater than the demand. It’s full employment. Businesses have all kinds of openings they’re unable to fill. The challenge of managers now is retaining their employees […] and attracting new employees, either from the area or outside,” adds Nathalie Roy.

Nancy Labbé believes that putting more emphasis on professional training could help the problem, “We need to promote various professional training options. We have enormous business needs in terms of the demand for machinists, welders and mechanics. It’s essential. The demand is high but not a lot of young people are studying these trades. We need to promote them because there are great jobs in these areas and you can have a great quality of life if you choose this academic path.” She also believes that businesses need to adapt their human resource practices to today’s reality, “We need to take care of our employees while being imaginative in our hiring approach. You hear a lot of talk about HR marketing. Our entrepreneurs will need to set themselves apart with their HR practices.”

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton: Supporting Beauce Businesses for 50 Years

The people of Beauce have been calling on Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s experts for 50 years to help them with their various business challenges. “I have known Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton for 25 years. It is a preferential and strategic partner that supports businesses and offers excellent assurance, tax and consulting expertise. Beauce businesses are very lucky to benefit from these services,” says Daniel Chaîné. Over the years, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton has set itself above the rest by providing support to the community, as evidenced by Nancy Labbé’s comments, “Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton has always been present. You can see it. They’re involved in the community. When I think of them, I think of competent and available people. Thriving for 50 years is something! Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is the source of many business successes.” Nathalie Roy adds, “Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is a firm that is very present and involved in the development of our region. Its team of professionals has their clients’ growth at heart.  Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is very active in the region, not only because it offers professional services but because it really participates in the region’s expansion. It offers information and training. Its community involvement is really exceptional.”

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s partners and professionals would like to thank the people in the various Beauce business associations for sharing their comments in this article. These dedicated leaders have contributed to the development of Beauce’s businesses and economy.  Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is proud to have been active in the Beauce community for 50 years, through its close ties with various business associations. Together, we will continue to innovate in order to support Beauce businesses in reaching their full growth potential.

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31 Mar 2016

Congratulations to Emilio B. Imbriglio, President and CEO and Eric Dufour, Partner and Saguenay Lac-Saint-Jean / Chibougamau / Côte-Nord Region Vice-President on having obtained the prestigious FCPA title awarded by the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec. Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton now has no less than 16 FCPAs in its ranks!

Passion, commitment and integrity

The title of Fellow of the Order, designated by the initials FCPA, formally recognizes those members who have rendered outstanding services to the profession, or whose achievements in their careers or in the community have earned them distinction and brought honour to the profession. This year, the Ordre awarded the title of FCPA to 22 chartered professional accountants.

For more information on the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec and the accounting profession, go to www.cpaquebec.ca.


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31 Mar 2016

The budget season is always a prime opportunity to take a position by inviting governments to adopt certain measures.

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is very proud to have taken part in defending the interests of businesses by, first, recommending economic and tax measures during pre-budget consultations; and,  second, by having not only taken a position after the budgets were tabled but also by having  informed taxpayers through various media outlets.

In addition to the firm’s proposals submitted to the finance ministers of Quebec and Canada in connection with the budgets, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton responded as soon as the budget lock-ups ended. The firm issued press releases and tax bulletins prepared by a team of specialists who attended the Québec City and Ottawa lock-ups (Quebec budget press release, March 17th, federal budget press release, March 22nd).

Additionally, many specialists made observations and demonstrated their tax and financial expertise via several media outlets in various firm network regions.

Once again, these initiatives demonstrate Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s commitment to the growth and prosperity of Canadian organizations.

The following includes some of the coverage and interviews generated by the remarkable contribution of the firm’s professionals:

Pre-budget submissions:

  • Emilio B. Imbriglio, President and CEO: Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton plaide pour une fiscalité favorisant la prospérité, Finance et Investissement (national), February 26th; Rendre les entreprises plus compétitives. Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s proposals (article for subscribers only), Le Courrier parlementaire (national), February 26th; Les PME se sentent étouffées par la fiscalité, Conseiller.ca (national), March 2nd
  • Éric Dufour, Regional Vice-President – in collaboration with Le Quotidien (Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean), March 1st

Quebec budget:

  • Sarah Phaneuf, Tax Partner – in collaboration with Radio-Canada Estrie (Eastern Townships), March 17th
  • Jean-François Thuot, Tax Partner – in collaboration with TVA (national – four video clips from the media lock-up with the Quebecor team), March 17th; targeted interview with Mario Dumont (TVA) on daycare fees, March 18th – in collaboration with LCN – interview with Michel Jean to answer viewer questions on the budget’s impact, March 19th
  • Réal Létourneau, Tax Partner – in collaboration with La Tribune (Eastern Townships), March 17th
  • Luc Lacombe, Tax Partner – in collaboration with several regional media outlets. He participated in the tax specialists’ lock-up and gave a series of post-budget interviews: FM 101,5 (Ste-Marie-de-Beauce), March 17th; NRJ 102,3 FM and also broadcast on Rouge 94,7 FM (Mauricie), March 17th; Horizon 95 FM (Témiscouata), March 17th; Planète radio 99,5 FM (Roberval – listen to the interview at 00:47), March 18th; FM 101,5 (Ste-Marie-de-Beauce), March 18th
  • Éric Dufour, Regional Vice-President – in collaboration with Radio-Canada Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and Rouge FM (Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean), March 17th
  • Sylvain Gilbert, Tax Partner – in collaboration with radio 107,7 FM (Eastern Townships), March 18th
  • Bruno Charron, Tax Partner – in collaboration with radio 104,7 FM (Outaouais), March 18th
  • Firm’s tax bulletin summary reproduced in Informeaffaires.com (Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean), March 18th

Federal budget:

  • Several partners – excerpt from the press release and federal tax bulletin in Informeaffaires.com (Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean), March 23rd
  • Jean-François Thuot, Tax Partner – in collaboration with TVA (national – four video clips from the media lock-up with the Quebecor team), March 22nd; – reference to President and CEO Emilio B. Imbriglio’s letter sent to the Minister of Finance in the Journal de Montréal (Montréal), March 22nd; – in collaboration with Finance et Investissement (national – excerpt from the press release), March 23rd; – in collaboration with Argent (national – starts at the 18-minute mark), March 23rd; – in collaboration with TVA Nouvelles (national – starts at 24 m. 10 s.), March 23rd
  • Sarah Phaneuf, Tax Partner – in collaboration with Radio-Canada Estrie (Eastern Townships), March 22nd
  • Jean-Pierre Poulin and Jean-François Thuot, Tax Partners – in collaboration with Journal de Québec (Québec) – March 23rd
  • Luc Lacombe, Tax Partner – in collaboration with several regional media outlets. He participated in the tax specialists’ lock-up and gave a series of post-budget interviews: CPAC, public affairs cable station (national – click on Français and skip to 26 m. 4 s.; FM 101,5 (Ste-Marie-de-Beauce), March 22nd; NRJ 102,3 FM and broadcast on Rouge 94,7 FM (Mauricie), March 22nd; Horizon 95 FM (Témiscouata) – March 22th; Planète radio 99,5 FM (Roberval – listen to the interview at 00:43), March 23rd; FM 101,5 (Ste-Marie-de-Beauce – listen to the interview at 00:40), March 23rd; Conseiller.ca (national), March 23rd.
  • Sylvain Gilbert, Tax Partner – in collaboration with radio 107,7 FM (Eastern Townships), March 23rd
  • Éric Dufour, Regional Vice-President – in collaboration with Le Quotidien (Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean), March 23rd