02 Apr 2014

Last week, Gaz Métro published its 2013 Sustainability Report according to the guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (“GRI”). Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s Sustainable Development and Greenhouse Gas Management Consulting Group is proud to have supported them in this exercise. Gaz Métro is thus the second company in Canada to publish a report according to the most recent GRI standards, the fourth generation published in May 2013. Gaz Métro thereby is adopting a sustainability reporting tool that meets the highest international transparency standards.

A sustainability report measures an organization’s extra-financial performance in sustainability, particularly the social, environmental and economic aspects. These reports are increasingly popular, both in the public sector and in the private sector, with organizations of all sizes. In 2013, the guidelines published by the GRI were followed by over 2,500 organizations worldwide and more than 100 organizations in Canada.

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, with the support of its partner Neuvaction, is a key player in sustainability reporting in Quebec. Johanne Gélinas, Partner at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, is one of the three trainers accredited in Quebec to offer GRI-certified training.

For the summary sheet and the full report published by Gaz Métro, go to www.gazmetro.com/sd.

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31 Mar 2014

On February 25, 2014, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, Emilio B. Imbriglio, and Partner Éric Dufour, accompanied by the Chief Operating Officer of Arianne Phosphate, Jean-Sébastien David, presented the highlights of the analysis of the economic spinoffs of the Lac à Paul mining project in Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean.

This first presentation, delivered at a luncheon of Chambre de commerce du Saguenay members, proved to be a clear success. Apart from the media outreach generated by the activity (see visibility below), the project received the support of the region’s business community.

In the evening, business people from northern Lac-Saint-Jean were able to hear Marc Lévesque, Partner at the St-Félicien office, and Jean-Philippe Brosseau, Manager with the Strategic & Performance Consulting Group at the Québec City office.

The interest shown by people in this large region did not stop there. A third activity was held in Alma a few days later, during which Messrs. Dufour and Brosseau discussed the importance of the regional spinoffs and the impacts of this promising project. In addition, this past March 17, the Chambre de commerce et d’industrie Lac-St-Jean-Est held a conference on the mine project. Messrs. Dufour and David were the presenters (see report).

The Lac à Paul mine’s operations will generate over $12 billion in spinoffs. This project will allow the creation of more than 500 direct jobs per year, in addition to creating over 1,400 direct and indirect jobs during the mining operations period, lasting more than 25 years.

Projet du Lac à Paul d’Arianne Phosphate

Congratulations to Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s experts, who efficiently and professionally produced a major economic study regarding a large-scale mining project, furthering wealth creation in the region and in Québec as a whole.

Some published articles :

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28 Mar 2014
Éric Bergeron

Éric Bergeron

Congratulations to Éric Bergeron, Assurance Partner at the Montreal office, for his appointment to the Board of Directors of BIXI-Montréal.

This kind of commitment by our professionals is 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.

About BIXI-Montréal

This March 24, in the wake of the intention already expressed by Ville de Montréal to operate the BIXI system in Montréal for the 2014 season, the Mayor of Montréal, Denis Coderre, announced the creation of BIXI-Montréal. The function of this non-profit organization (NPO) will be to ensure that BIXI’s 6th season runs smoothly, under the City’s management mandate. For more details about BIXI-Montréal, see montreal.bixi.com.

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27 Mar 2014

On Thursday, March 13, 2014, Women of Talent committee members from the Montréal region and Recovery & Reorganization group held an exclusive event together with RBC Royal Bank to highlight women entrepreneurs.

Numerous Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton and RBC professionals and clients were on hand to hear inspiring speeches from the event’s three guests, also clients of both firms; Nathalie Lehoux, Senior Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer, Pacini Group, Viviane Gravel, founder of Metix Inc., and Karine Pomerleau, CEO of Trans-Herbe Inc.

During their respective talks, the women touched on their personal career paths, greatest accomplishments, business experience, expected challenges over the coming years and how they manage to balance work and personal life. Participants were enthralled by their inspiring stories that also served as a call to overcome the challenges facing women entrepreneurs.

A silent auction was held in support of women entrepreneurs with the help of two talented artists, Brigitte Varin and Carole Doucet, who donated paintings, with half of the auction’s proceeds going to Femmessor.

The evening also reinforced the long-standing ties between Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton and RBC Royal Bank.

Congratulations to the organizers of this successful event: Édith Pion, Tax Partner at the Brossard office, Julie Kherrafi, Account Manager, Commercial Financial Services at RBC, Women of Talent committee members from the Montréal region and the Recovery & Reorganization group, and the Montréal region communications team.

Events of this magnitude help our firm assert its leadership position and help professionals develop their business network.

Click here to view the event photos.

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton and RBC Royal Bank Highlight Women Entrepreneurs

Pictured from left to right: Édith Pion, Tax Partner at the Brossard office, Nathalie Lehoux, Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer, Pacini Group, Viviane Gravel, founder of Metix Inc., Karine Pomerleau, CEO of Trans-Herbe Inc., and Julie Kherrafi, Account Manager, Commercial Financial Services, RBC.