26 Jul 2012

The World Acadian Congress (WAC) is a major event that has been held every five years since 1994 in a region representative of the Acadian Diaspora. In 2014, the WAC will be held in a unique, multicultural and international location called the Acadia of the Lands and Forests. The 2014 WAC estimates that 50,000 people will attend, generating 600,000 entries in some 300 activities taking place over 17 days, with economic returns of more than $55M and a five-year operating budget of $12M.

On June 7 and 21, 2012, Denis Rheault, Consulting Services Director, and several members of the RCGT team provided on-site consultations on issues and opportunities related to the 2014 WAC so that the event could incorporate the economic dimension, increase development and have a lasting legacy in the region.

Over 100 people took part in the consultation activities, including entrepreneurs and economic, government and institutional stakeholders from New Brunswick, Quebec and the state of Maine.

This strategic planning assignment gave RCGT’s consulting services team the opportunity to strengthen its reputation in the area’s economic sector and extend its outreach in an inter-provincial and cross-border context.

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23 Jul 2012
Martine Robitaille Johanne Dubé


Congratulations to Martine Robitaille and Johanne Dubé from our Recovery & Reorganization Group on obtaining their trustee licenses from the Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy (OSB)! This recognition rewards several years of study to the Chartered Insolvency and Restructuring Professional Qualification Program. The course culminates in a written examination known as the National Insolvency Examination (NIE), which the candidates must pass in order to be invited to take the Oral Examination, held once a year by the OSB.

In Quebec, only 262 individuals hold a trustee licence according to the OSB. Of this number, 50 work for our firm, which is almost three times more than for any of our competitors! Another great occasion to celebrate the strength of our network!

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12 Jul 2012

Jean Robillard (1954-2012)It is with much sadness and great dismay that we have learned of the sudden passing this week of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton President and CEO, Jean Robillard, at the age of 58.

Meticulous and Determined

Recognized as a meticulous and determined individual, Jean Robillard was instrumental in helping Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton stand out and achieve a leading position among major Quebec-based organizations.

Originally from Joliette, Jean Robillard began his career as professor at the École des hautes études commerciales de Montréal before joining the Firm nearly 30 years ago (in 1983). As the President of Raymond Chabot Inc. from 1993 to 2009, he was responsible for the largest group of recovery and reorganization professionals in Quebec. He became CEO of the Firm in 2008. Jean Robillard was, among others, a member of the Insolvency Institute of Canada and Grant Thornton International’s Strategic Committee.

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12 Jul 2012

Congratulations to Claude Métras, Public Relations Officer for the Eastern Townships region, on being appointed Citizen Emeritus by the City of Sherbrooke as part of the city’s Canada Day celebrations. Moved by receiving such a prestigious honour, Claude said it represented a major event in his life during his thank-you speech.

Claude Métras
Claude Métras (centre) with Mohamed Elmir, Honorary President of the Event (left).
(Photo credit: IMACOM, Jocelyn Riendeau)

True Patron of the Arts and Culture

As an expert real estate consultant, commercial adjudicator and mediator, and board member of the Institut de médiation et d’arbitrage du Québec, Claude has also played a major role in several other organizations, such as the Orchestre symphonique de Sherbrooke, the Sherbrooke Nature and Science Museum, the Société d’histoire de Sherbrooke and the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa. He is even a Quebec representative on the Board of Trustees of the Fathers of Confederation Buildings Trust!

Hats off to Claude for his dedication, passion and impressive career path!