Marie-Josée Poulin (Saint-Georges), Karine Béland (Saint-Georges), Anne Paquet (Saint-Georges), Johanne Rodrigue (Beauceville), Lyne Cloutier (Saint-Éphrem), Chantal Gravel (Sainte-Marie), Isabelle Giroux (Saint-Joseph), Patricia Vachon (Sainte-Marie) and Lynda Busque (Saint-Georges)
In this year celebrating the 50th anniversary of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s presence in Beauce, we highlight our collaboration with longstanding partners, our complicity with our clients and the commitment of our employees.
In order to underline the International Women’s Day (March 8), we are proud to present you some of our female employees and professionals that contribute to the presence of our firm in the Beauce region. They work as lead senior manager, senior manager, manager, supervisor and case manager. In their own way, these women are devoted to what they are passionate about, and they are known to make a positive difference in their environment.
Perspectives of eight dynamic, diligent and devoted women on the matters of ambition, success and values.
Ambition: a matter of balance
We asked each one of these women for their own definition of the word “ambition” for women. Their answers? They all confirmed a reality that has been obvious for the last few decades, the work-family balance: “Combining a professional life and a personal life is for me the definition that best represents the ambition for women. Throughout my career at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, I came into contact with women that were able to brilliantly combine these two aspects and they served as models for me,” explains Lyne Cloutier, an assurance supervisor that has been working for Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton for 28 years.
For Anne Paquet, an assurance manager, the ambition for women “means having a career, delivering and being known for [your] work and knowledge. In short, it means reaching career advancement, even though [you are] a mom.” “The ambition for women involves succeeding in the various spheres of life, with the required balance,” adds Johanne Rodrigue, an assurance case manager.
“The ambition for women means eliminating barriers related to the fact that you are a woman, having the desire to surpass yourself and not being afraid of stepping out of your comfort zone,” assures Chantal Gravel, an assurance senior manager. Lynda Busque, an assurance manager, proudly adds that “all women who reach their professional goals are models for [her].” Indeed, she had the opportunity to collaborate with many of them since the beginning of her career within Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton.
Client satisfaction, a promise of success
Obviously, when reached, the balance between the requirements and responsibilities of the professional life and those of the personal life becomes the greatest success. For these women, success takes many forms. According to Patricia Vachon, an assurance manager, “having success means feeling that [you] can make a difference, whether in the life of [your] children or in that of [your] clients. To successfully make a difference, you have to be committed and attentive to the needs of others.”
“Receiving positive comments from clients or partners is also a form of success,” continues Karine Béland, an assurance manager. For example, in January, Ms. Béland received a letter from a client thanking Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton for the work carried out and highlighting her professionalism: “When I receive congratulations, I consider myself to be successful in what I do. This success enables me to value my work and provides me with the energy required to go on.”
Values of excellence
To change these women’s ambition into success, their professional and personal lives are based on values in which they firmly believe. What are those professional values and how can they help make a positive difference in the everyday life of these women? “Respect and commitment, since it is how we can establish a lasting relationship of trust,” says Patricia Vachon. For her part, Chantal Gravel recalls some of the CLEARR values that are at the heart of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s corporate culture, and are, in her opinion, of major importance:
- Collaboration: “Teamwork is important for me and respect is essential to maintain a team spirit and have a good work atmosphere;
- Leadership: “This attitude reflects on everyone and helps maintain a good mood at work. There is nothing better to perform and enjoy working;”
- Agility: “Paying attention to the needs of my clients and colleagues is also very important. It allows me to adjust and react promptly.”
Marie-Josée Poulin, an assurance lead senior manager, considers that regardless of the efforts the work requires, we must always remain honest, thorough and proud of the work accomplished. “Being able to carry out [your] work independently helps reach efficiency. Taking time to look for answers to [your] questions and challenging [yourself] regarding various issues is the way to develop and enhance [your] wealth of knowledge”, concludes Chantal Gravel.
Authentic sources of inspiration for all members of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, the women of our firm make an invaluable contribution to its growth and success. We would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their devotion.