01 Oct 2012

In December 2011, as part of the 2011 Sommet Avantages (benefits summit), Christine Regimbal, Assurance Partner at the Montréal office, presented the results of a study on defined benefit pension plans that was conducted by Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton and RBC Dexia.

The benefits summit brought together defined benefit pension plan representatives and experts in the field. It examined strategies that can help promoters manage risk and prepare for future challenges in the industry, and protect plans against market volatility.

To view Christine’s presentation, go to:
http://www.conseiller.ca/files/2011/12/SommetPD2011_Christine-Regimbal.pdf

The Avantages magazine presented a few highlights:
http://www.conseiller.ca/files/2012/03/SommetPD_AVA2012.pdf

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28 Sep 2012

On September 20, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton offered its first accounting webinar.

More than a hundred clients and business contacts signed up for the hour-long presentation entitled “New IFRS on Fair Value Measurement: Are You Ready?” which was given by a duo of experts, Sophie Bureau, CPA, CA, Partner, Risk Management and Accounting Research, and Stéphanie Fournier, CPA, CA, Senior Manager, Risk Management and Accounting Research.

The online event covered the main requirements of IFRS 13, a new International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS) dealing with fair value measurement. As IFRS 13 will become effective for fiscal years beginning on or after January 1, 2013, preparing for its application is a priority for all players involved.

Congratulations to the team on their success!

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28 Sep 2012

The 3rd Edition of the Rentrée nocturne, a fundraising event for the Fondation de la Place des Arts, took place on September 14. The event was organized by the Fondation de la Place des Arts’ 2012 young patrons committee (Comité des jeunes mécènes 2012), including member Christian Houle, a Tax Consultant at the Montréal office. Entitled Contrast’O, the evening event highlighted the contrasts between various eras and art forms.

The purpose of the Place des Arts foundation is to support the Société de la Place des Arts by contributing financially to projects and activities that promote education and public awareness of the performing arts, particularly among young people; increased accessibility to local and foreign artistic productions for various for segments of the public; audience development through innovative projects; as well as artistic research, experimentation, and creation. Montréal office Partner Pierre Monette is the Foundation’s Treasurer.

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton has carved out a place for itself as a major partner of the Rentrée nocturne, asserting its leadership among young professionals along with its support to the Fondation de la Place des Arts.

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26 Sep 2012

In 2010, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton was the successful bidder in a Québec City call for tenders in management consulting. At that time, Québec City was looking into acquiring an efficient financial management tool that would enable it to provide comparable performance indicators for its various departments and boroughs. In practical terms, the goal was to determine the cost of the six boroughs’ activities.

The secrets of managing activity-based costing

Thanks to our firm’s vast expertise and experience in managing activity-based costing, we coached our client during the entire project. One of our ideas was suggesting the use of SAS software, which helped our client improve its decision-making support, reduce costs and increase performance thanks to proactive management.

Congratulations to the Montréal office Management Consulting Group, especially Ghyslain Cadieux, Senior Manager, and Marie-Joëlle Rivard, Manager, for their invaluable contribution to the project!

For more information on Québec City’s successful process and the key roles played by Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton and SAS, read the success story published by SAS.