17 Jun 2019

With the emergence of blockchain technology, CPA Canada has created a working group to explore different auditing approaches and the risks relating to cryptocurrencies and blockchain.

Jean-François Trépanier, Senior Manager, Assurance Research at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton and Technical Advisor, Regulations at Catallaxy, is leading one of the working group’s projects. In an interview with CPA Canada, Jean-François provides an overview of the situation of public companies handling cryptocurrencies in Canada. He identifies the risks associated with blockchain technology and the accounting firms auditing cryptocurrencies.

Also, in a video discussing the prospects for CPAs in terms of blockchains, Louis Roy, Assurance Partner and President of Catallaxy clarifies that since this is a new technology, everything needs to be created. There are therefore excellent opportunities for CPAs to position themselves as experts in the field.

Roy offers some advice to CPAs who want to get involved in auditing cryptocurrency: he emphasizes the importance of properly understanding this technology, but also of knowing how to master cryptocurrency auditing tools.

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17 Jun 2019

Conseiller.ca posted an article on deducting expenses for self-employed financial services advisors.

Although they can deduct any work-related expenses, “if they are unable to prove that an expense was incurred to earn income, the expense cannot be deducted. This is key,” states Jean-Pierre Poulin, Tax Partner at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton.

In the article, Poulin discusses eligible expenses vs. personal expenses: kilometres travelled, interest on loans, meal and entertainment expenses, home office, etc.

For more information about these measures, read the article on Conseiller.ca.

Get advice from your tax advisor or financial consultant.

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11 Jun 2019

With the publication of a special report on headhunters, Les Affaires is focussing on human resource issues.

One of these issues is the retention of new employees. The vast majority of headhunting firms offer a guarantee ranging from six months to one year to both client and candidates. “If it doesn’t work out during this period, we take the file back,” explains Louise Martel, Partner, Consulting Services. It is therefore essential to find the right candidate for the right challenges.

With this in mind, human resources professionals are finding that technical skills are becoming less important today. “Less and less time is spent evaluating them, to the benefit of behavioural and relational skills,” says Martel.

This report also includes an article on the integration of artificial intelligence into hiring processes. Our recruiting experts, partners Louise Martel and Jean-François Boudreault, also contributed to this article.

Even if artificial intelligence can be used, e.g. to perform an automated CV pre-analysis, Jean-François Boudreault says that “our profession is a craft; the emotional aspect remains very important. There are things that are experienced in interviews that cannot be described on paper. This is what our role is all about.”

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11 Jun 2019

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is proud to welcome Charles Rousseau to its team.

With recognized expertise and over 20 years of industry experience, Charles will enhance our business sales and acquisitions and corporate finance service offering.

Integrity is at the heart of Charles Rousseau’s values. Thanks to his authenticity, he has forged solid relationships with entrepreneurs and professionals in the Quebec business sector. He says, “What’s most important for me is building relationships of trust with everyone I work with.”

Always an industry leader

Charles Rousseau will team up with Mark Rossi, Partner in M&A and corporate finance.

“Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is very pleased to welcome an expert of Charles’s caliber into its ranks. Thanks to his impressive track record, there is no doubt that our clients will be able to count on a strong player to seize business opportunities and maximize transaction value” states Mark Rossi.

Charles Rousseau (left) and Mark Rossi (right): a duo of experts who are part of an experienced team at the service of your company.