18 Dec 2012

On Wednesday, November 21, 2012, the seventh annual poultry conference of the Association québécoise des industries de nutrition animale et céréalière (AQINAC) took place in Drummondville. During the event, Chantal Bourgeois, Lead Senior Manager, Assurance, from the Saint-Hyacinthe office, led a plenary session on planning transfers for peace of mind before 600 participants.

Chantal’s expertise was valued by participants and made it possible for them to understand the steps in a successful farm transfer. Participants also took note of the services offered by the Firm, thanks to a highly-appreciated souvenir place mat given to them which explained the agri-food path leading to a successful transfer.

Congratulations on this initiative!


Pictured (from left to right): RCGT representatives at the AQINAC conference, Sylvain Darche, Montréal Advisory Services Consultant, Julie Meunier, Saint-Hyacinthe Assurance Manager, Chantal Bourgeois, Lead Senior Manager, Assurance, Saint-Hyacinthe, Donald Brien, Lead Senior Manager, Assurance, Saint-Hyacinthe and Mario Gazaille, Senior Manager, Tax, Saint-Hyacinthe.

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11 Dec 2012

The third Rendez-vous du Savoir, which was held on November 14 and 15, 2012 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal, was a tremendous success that Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton was proud to associated with. The event was an opportunity to generate constructive dialogue, promote collaboration and strengthen ties between academia and industry. With its interest in the next generation, and well aware of the importance of knowledge for Quebec’s economic development on the world scene, our Firm is proud to have played a role in the success of this event, which drew over 3,000 participants to its various activities.

RCGT was a notable presence throughout the Rendez-vous du Savoir, not only because of its role as co-partner, but also through its involvement in the event’s various activities.

Several Firm members attended the opening event, a conference-debate organized by the Montreal Council of Foreign Relations (MCFR) on “Knowledge on a global scale: between competition and cooperation”. Additionally Emilio Imbriglio, Leader of the Financial Advisory Group and Chairman of the Board of Directors, concluded the conference-debate before a group of over 200 people, by thanking the panellists, Guy Breton, Rector, Université de Montréal, Sylvie Beauchamp, President, Universités du Québec, Jacynthe Côté, Chief Executive, Rio Tinto Alcan and Guy Lachapelle, Secretary General, International Political Science Association. RCGT was also involved in a luncheon event organized by the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, where Julie Payette spoke on the theme “The knowledge economy: Are we ready?” with several Firm members in attendance at the head table. RCGT representatives and business contacts also participated in the Recognition Award Gala, a prime opportunity to take a look back at the various events of this year’s Rendez-vous du Savoir.

The Firm also organized the Rendez-vous du Savoir’s first thematic event, the November 15th breakfast under the theme “Business–university collaboration and how it influences development in Northern Quebec”. Moderated by Emilio Imbriglio, the event brought together a prestigious panel consisting of Jean-Paul Lacasse, Professor in Aboriginal Law, University of Ottawa, Bryan Coates, Vice-President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer, Osisko, Michel Jébrak, Full Professor, UQAT-UQAM Mining Entrepreneurship Research Chair, Richard Lapierre, Director, Strategic Development, Aluminerie Alouette inc. and Jean Brosseau, Vice President, Medium Businesses with Desjardins. Panellists discussed the importance of adapting academic training to the needs of businesses of the North. These businesses had expressed the need for finding out about and accessing existing research that would be of interest to their sector. The discussion brought to light the need to implement channels of communication between universities and research chairs and centres and industry in order to promote a better transfer of knowledge and expertise.

RDV du Savoir

Pictured (left to right): Emilio Imbriglio, Leader of the Financial Advisory Group and Chairman of the Board of Directors at RCGT, Jean-Paul Lacasse, Professor in Aboriginal Law, University of Ottawa, Bryan Coates, Vice-President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer, Osisko, Michel Jébrak, Full Professor, UQAT-UQAM Mining Entrepreneurship Research Chair, Jean Brosseau, Vice-President, Medium Businesses with Desjardins and Richard Lapierre, Director, Strategic Development, Aluminerie Alouette inc.

Emilio Imbriglio

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10 Dec 2012

Congratulations to the Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton team, headed by Michel Lefebvre, Tax Partner, Montréal office, for having been retained by the group of enterprises involved in developing e-business to conduct a study on the economic impact of government assistance in the information technology sector, more specifically to continue/improve upon the tax credit for the development of e-business (CDAE) program.

Numerous IT businesses have been benefitting from this type of government assistance, which, among other things, helps create jobs and increase the competitiveness of our Quebec businesses in the market. Concerned by the federal Minister of Finance’s decision to cut scientific research and experimental development (SR&ED) tax credits in March 2012, these businesses would like the provincial government to extend the CDAE now, as it expires on December 31, 2015.

This initiative was reported in various media outlets such as Le Devoir, Les Affaires.com , MSN Technologies  and 98.5 FM.

If you would like to be part of this group, contact Michel Lefebvre at 514-393-4717 for more information.

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07 Dec 2012

Emilio ImbriglioOn November 30, 2012, during the strategy forum on the city’s competitiveness and the creation of a competitive business environment in Montréal, Emilio Imbriglio, Leader of the Corporate Finance Group in the Montréal office and the Firm’s Chairman of the Board, was invited to participate in a panel about the effects and spinoffs of headquarters located in Montréal from the perspective of service enterprises.

Alongside Andrew Molson, Chairman of the Board of RES PUBLICA, Éric Bédard, Managing Partner at Fasken Martineau, and Martin Gauthier, President of Sid Lee Montréal, Emilio recalled Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s commitment to the city, as its headquarters are located here and the Firm collaborates extensively with Montréal-based service enterprises.

Emilio also pointed out actions that should be taken to improve the competitiveness of the local business environment.

It’s important to keep in mind that we are competing with other provinces and countries to attract headquarters, so it’s necessary to be recognized as a quality host location. Transparency and political stability are important in terms of a country’s attractiveness vis-à-vis international competition […]. We must provide a favourable environment that will sustain the continuity of businesses while maintaining local control. Our Firm has already asked the governments of Quebec and Canada to amend a tax provision in support of domestic business sustainability. It should be understood that, currently, it’s more beneficial tax-wise, to sell one’s business to unrelated parties than to family members. Changes are necessary […].Political, legal, fiscal and banking stability are key to attracting headquarters. Quebec should bank on fiscal competitiveness as a motivator for entities to set up their headquarters and stay here. This requires a favourable and competitive business environment. Quebec would benefit from being perceived as the Switzerland of North America”, remarked Emilio.