10 Jun 2015

On June 3, 2015, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton welcomed clients and business partners to celebrate the official opening of its new office in Saint-Jérôme. Over 200 business people were present, as well as representatives from the Saint-Jérôme Mayor’s office and the member of the region’s provincial riding.

Sylvie Chartrand, Partner in Charge of the Saint-Jérôme office, stated “Our new work environment, at 296 De Martigny Street West, Suite 100, right next door to our old location, facilitates relationships with our clients. The larger, modern and welcoming facilities are better adapted to client growth and more functional to better help them succeed.”

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Strengthens Its Presence at the “Gateway to the North” with a New Office in Saint-Jérôme
From left to right: Marco Berretta, Partner in Charge of the Laval office, Nathalie Fagnan, Executive Vice-President, Luc Filiatrault, Lead Senior Manager, Saint-Jérôme office, Emilio B. Imbriglio, President and CEO, Samuel Havida, Vice-President (elect), Montréal region, Sylvie Chartrand, Partner in Charge of the Saint-Jérôme office, Guylain Thériault, Partner, Saint-Jérôme office and Sylvain Moreau, Partner, Saint-Jérôme office

This cocktail was an occasion for the Firm’s management to thank its clients from the Laurentians region for their trust and remind them that the largest accounting firm in Quebec can help them with their growth, here and abroad. “The Saint-Jérôme office is a gateway to Canadian and world markets, like our other offices, which provide access to over 2,500 professionals, 100 establishments and over 60 services at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, not to mention over 40,000 talented professionals found in over 130 countries,” stated Emilio B. Imbriglio, President and CEO, during the event.

You may recall that in July 2014 the Rochon Thériault Chartrand accounting firm in Saint-Jérôme joined Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton. In March 2015, the large team of experts relocated to their new office.

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09 Jun 2015

Dynamisme-fleches-300pxThe top 500 Quebec companies ranking, published in les affaires’ summer 2015 special edition, confirms Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s choice ranking among large Quebec organizations.

The firm has moved up to 60th place from 71st in 2014

The firm has moved up to 60th place from 71st in 2014. Its 2,513 employees work to provide wealth-creators the means to achieve their ambitions on a daily basis. “We are proud to be in the leading group of Quebec and Canadian companies. We owe this success to all our professionals, as well as our clients and business partners who call on our expertise on a daily basis to accompany them on their path towards dynamic growth. We will continue to grow because we are committed to supporting the success of organizations, the economic drivers of our society,” said Emilio B. Imbriglio, President and CEO.

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, is the number one accounting firm in Quebec and a leader of all professional services put together!

 

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09 Jun 2015

In an article published in La Presse, Éric Dufour, Vice-President, Partner and National Business Transfer Leader, recommends that entrepreneurs produce a succession plan when they initiate the process of transferring their business. “More than 92% of them don’t have one,” he explains.

The succession plan must result from a process of reflection that accounts for the entrepreneur’s motivations and the human aspect in general. According to Éric Dufour, entrepreneurs need guidance so they can talk about everything that concerns them.

To find out more, see the article: Transferts d’entreprises: sur quoi baser sa réflexion? (Business transfers: on what should you base your thinking?)

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09 Jun 2015

Spring 2015 stands for economic development in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean. Under the leadership of its Regional Vice-President, Partner Éric Dufour, the region has taken two important positions aimed at stimulating the economy and favouring wealth creation.

2015 Regional Economic Summit

First of all, the firm submitted a brief for the consultations in view of the Sommet économique régional du Saguenay –Lac-Saint-Jean which will be held in Alma on June 18, 2015. Organized by the Quebec Government, this Summit has three objectives:

  • Establish a common finding on the challenges and benefits of regional economic development and diversification.
  • Define strategic fields of intervention with the aim of ensuring the region’s prosperity for the next ten years.
  • Develop synergy among the regional players.

The brief submitted by Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton (French only) on April 2, 2015, entitled Un virage entrepreneurial et générationnel (An entrepreneurial and generational shift) proposes six axes to improve the balance of regional GDP from small and medium enterprises relative to regional GDP generated by big business. This heavy dependency has lasted too long and affects the stimulation of growth in several regards, the document points out.

According to the brief, the proposed gradual conversion plan should be articulated around the following axes:

  1. Maintain and support the current engines around three traditional sectors: aluminium, forestry and agri-food.
  2. Supporting current mining projects while ensuring the development of a strong mining cluster.
  3. Stimulate wealth creation around SMEs.
  4. Adapt the workforce developed in relation to our needs by creating coherence around elementary and secondary education, CEGEPs and vocational training.
  5. Support the university network while mandating it to develop an entrepreneurial culture.
  6. Favour integration of our youth and SME representatives through regional democracy.

Lac à Paul apatite mine project in Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean

On May 21, 2015, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton again argued the importance of the Ariane Phosphate mining project during the consultations held by the Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement (BAPE). The highlights of this wealth-creating project based on responsible exploitation of natural resources were also presented by Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton in 2014.

In a position recently transmitted to the BAPE (French only), the firm reiterates the essential contribution of this mining project to the economic upturn of the Saguenay –Lac-Saint-Jean region. As the biggest investment project in the region in the past ten years, the Lac à Paul apatite mine should generate:

  • $9 billion of spending during the mine’s life cycle;
  • 2250 jobs created in the region during construction;
  • 1000 jobs created annually during operation;
  • $4 billion of tax spinoffs for governments;
  • Concrete opportunities for regional businesses that want to act as subcontractors.

According to Éric Dufour, “the region doesn’t have the right to bypass such an opportunity, considering its collective benefit and its role in stabilizing our economic and social structure for future generations”.

Read the recent article published on May 28, 2015 in Le Quotidien (French only), in which Éric Dufour argues the project’s importance for the region.

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton always on the alert to defend the economic interests of the regions and their wealth creators

These two positions yet again are evidence of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s keen interest in economic development and the success of dynamic Quebec businesses. The firm cares about the growth of every region of Quebec, and the competitiveness of wealth creators. It will continue to promote the structuring initiatives that allow our society to innovate and prosper.

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