14 Dec 2021

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton continues to expand its Montreal Corporate Finance advisory team following record growth and continued transactional momentum.

The team has recruited Nicholas Capuano, Marc-Antoine Savary, Alice Porcher and Maxwell Yull to bolster a team of seasoned professionals including Partners Saki Tzanidis, In Sunwoo and Yasser Waly, who also leads origination and business development group. In addition to veterans Simon Marcotte-Légaré, Justine Bergeron, Charles-Anthony Heleine, all of whom make up the M&A and Corporate Finance team.

The Corporate Finance and Mergers & Acquisitions team led by Partner Mark Rossi has experienced record growth, having advised on several high-profile transactions over the past two years, including:

  • Minority stake sale of renewable building products manufacturer Matériaux Spécialisés Louiseville Inc. to Desjardins Capital;
  • Advising the shareholder of fast-growing EBSU Ltd. on the acquisition of Woodlore International Inc;
  • Majority stake sale of IVEX, Induspac and Estapack (together the Specialized Packaging Group) to Palo Alto-based private equity firm Altamont Capital Partners;
  • Majority stake sale of Alasko Foods Inc. to Groupe Commensal Inc;
  • Advising the founders of Nature’s Touch on a refinancing transaction;
  • Advising the founders of Orthogone Technologies Inc. on a growth capital financing and shareholder buyback transaction;
  • Majority stake sale of Dubo Electrique Ltd to wholesaler/distributor leader Guillevin International;
  • Majority stake sale of Quebec’s leading fitness chain Nautilus Plus to the existing management team in collaboration with Fondaction and CSN;
  • Leading the successful sale of certain assets of the Atis Group to Fenplast Windows and Doors;
  • Advising the shareholders of fast-growing Telecon on a refinancing transaction;
  • Majority stake sale of Zac-Tranz to the Loyal Express Group;
  • Growth Equity financing of leading Canadian prepared meal solution provider WeCook by a consortium of investors;
  • Majority stake sale of Distinctive Appliances, a high-end US based appliance distributor to Milestone Distributors;
  • Numerous other concluded confidential transactions and ongoing assignments.

“We are delighted to have been able to add to our successful and high performing team with our newest additions” states Mark Rossi. “Several years ago, we strategically decided to invest heavily into our practice to assist our clients’ increasing demand to provide top-tier support during critical moments in their businesses’ evolution. Whether that means the sale of their business, an acquisition, a refinancing or major phase of an organizational transformation, we wanted to offer our clients a seamless experience by way of an experienced team of professionals that could take care of all transaction aspects. It is of utmost importance to continue investing in the best talent as our clients seek to explore and realize opportunities presented by the current M&A and debt environment. Based on what we are seeing, indications are that 2022 will see a continuation of the healthy level of deal flow and opportunities driven by strong levels of capital in the markets. Our team is well positioned to assist entrepreneurs and we believe there are several factors that can potentially drive deal flow even harder than what we’ve seen over the course of 2021.”

As Saki Tzanidis noted, while there are challenges in some parts of the economy, there is also a tremendous amount of liquidity with private equity investors.

He added: “Corporate firms and financial institutions looking for high quality assets in the consumer, technology, food & beverage, human capital, healthcare and manufacturing sectors in particular.”

Our team is ready to provide the necessary expertise to bring such transactions to fruition for the benefit of stakeholders and our clients.

In Sunwoo added: “We are very proud of the confidence our clients have placed in us, especially during the recent pandemic-induced period of uncertainty. Our singular objective remains clearly identifying and achieving the unique objectives of each of our clients by executing creative and efficient strategies. Our recent team additions will allow us to continue to deliver on this commitment.”

Yasser Waly concluded: “We are thrilled to add such passionate professionals to the team. Their addition to the firm coupled with our strong leadership position in the market will continue to create value for all clients and support their capital and growth needs.”

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Back row, from left to right : Charles-Anthony Heleine, Mark Rossi, Alice Porcher, Yasser Waly, Simon Marcotte-Légaré, Saki Tzanidis, In Sunwoo.

Front row, from left to right : Maxwell Yull, Nicholas Capuano, Justine Bergeron, Marc-Antoine Savary.

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03 Dec 2021

The results for the 2021 CFE for chartered professional accountants were released on Friday, December 3, 2021.

Congratulations to our future CPAs on having passed this rigorous professional evaluation:

Agelis Dimitri
Arrelle David
Baribeault Julien
Baril Guillaume
Beaudin Kelly
Beaudoin Alex
Beck Vincent
Bisson Cassandra
Blaquiere David
Boivin Julia
Bolduc Érika
Boudreault Jessica
Boulanger Stéphanie
Boulay Maude
Bourdeau Alexandre
Bourget Mylène
Bruni Alyssa
Campbell Patrick
Campeau-Vallerand Antoine
Carrier Janie
Côté Naomie
Cyr Jannie-Lee
D’Astous-Moreau Gabriel
Defert Delphine
Deschamps Audrey
Deschênes-Lessard Karolane
Desgroseilliers Annie
Drapeau Myriam
Duchesne-Poce Sabrina
Dudemaine Alexandrine
Dufresne Éloïse
Dufresne Paul
Dumas Florence
Dumont Sabrina
Dupuis Ève
Ferraro Rosalie
Fiset Anne-Julie
Foisy-Hamilton Marion
Gagnon Marc-Antoine
Gallant Cindy
Garneau William
Gélinas Gabriel
Girard Jean-Simon
Gosselin Mélissa
Grenier Élisabeth
Guertin Vincent
Hamel Kevin

Houle Alexandra
Jones Kelly
Joziak Stéphanie
Lachance Kelly
Lafortune Émile
Lapointe Ann-Frédérik
Lapointe Roxane
Lapointe Laury
Lapointe Claudia
Larouche Marianne
Lavoie Lawrence
Lê Shayla
Lemieux Sara-Maude
Lessard Anthony
Lorrain Rosalie
Majeau Antonin
Manseau Raphaëlle
Marchand Caroline
Martel Marie-Noël
Masdeu Jimmy
Mathieu Christopher
McTaggart Scott Charles
Mercier Virginie
Michaud Catherine
Mongeau Catherine
Néron Jade
Nguemgne Pegguy Laure
Ouellet Julie
Parent-Dufault Nicolas
Pellerin Kim
Pelletier Ariann
Pépin Amélie
Pominville Michael
Poulin-Leblanc Étienne
Proteau Yannick
Richard Justine
Sani Alfred
Sévigny Alexandre
Simard Marie-Laura
Sirois Samuel
Soma Jairus
St-Pierre Catherine
Vachon Nathaniel
Vaillancourt Tania
Vaudrin Marie-Eve
Verville Magali
Vézina Justine
Villeneuve Olivier

Congratulations to all and enjoy a prosperous career at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton! We are very proud of having you on board with us.

We also highlight the brilliant performances of our future CPAs Jannie-Lee Cyr, Mélissa Gosselin and Scott Charles McTaggart who are on the Canadian Honour Roll!

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01 Dec 2021

After nine years in office, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Emilio B. Imbriglio, will end his mandate on December 31, 2021

Montreal, December 1, 2021 – After a nine-year term centered on profitability and innovation, Emilio B. Imbriglio will leave the firm on December 31, 2021, as provided in our partnership agreement. A Partner for 20 years who also served as Partnership Board Chair for three years, Emilio was elected President and CEO in 2013.

Emilio consistently provided strong leadership. A leader of action and vision, he was the sixth president elected to that position. His vision for our 360-service offering contributed significantly to Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s position as a dynamic and innovative leader. Very people-oriented and inclusive, he worked with his colleagues and successfully transformed the firm by enhancing its governance agility, making it stronger and focused on cutting-edge technology and services for local businesses.

Under Emilio’s leadership, the firm significantly increased its market presence and staffing level from 2,400 to nearly 2,800 professionals. Emilio’s governance was marked by the digital shift, as the entire management team followed suit in this project within the digital universe, through the development of products such as taxō or the acquisition of specialized firms such as VARS and FPM360. Other cutting-edge services have also been developed under his presidency, such as AURAY, specializing in business immigration, recruitment and international mobility.

An outstanding communicator, Emilio made a point of staying very close to employees by always keeping them well informed. For Emilio, the firm’s raison d’être will always be its talent and clients. They were always a priority and he continually strived to meet their needs.

Under his leadership, the firm has enjoyed increased brand awareness and unparalleled market leadership. Moreover, several unique and historic partnerships were concluded, and the firm is now an influential and dominant player both here and across the Grant Thornton International network that includes 140 countries and more than 58,000 professionals.

All the partners and employees would like to thank him sincerely for all his accomplishments and wish him every success in his future endeavours. Emilio will continue to serve on important boards of directors and in strategic roles within organizations.

With the end of Emilio’s term, the Partnership Board took the opportunity to modernize the firm’s partnership agreement to reshape the role and responsibilities of the new President and Chief Executive Officer. The process is still underway. Until the process is complete, the Partnership Board has agreed to an interim governance.

About Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is a professional services firm that has been dedicated to the success of organizations and their leaders since 1948. The firm’s advisors are committed to helping clients thrive by obtaining a deep understanding of what is important to them, their business and their industry. This knowledge, combined with a team of motivated and talented professionals, helps accelerate growth. A Quebec and Canadian leader in the areas of assurance, tax, advisory services and business recovery and reorganization, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton boasts more than 2,700 professionals, including approximately 200 partners, working in over 100 offices across the province of Quebec and in the Ottawa and Edmundston regions.

Together with Grant Thornton LLP, another Canadian firm, and the Grant Thornton global organization, our global footprint spans across nearly 140 countries with over 58,200 people who provide real insight, a fresh perspective and agility to keep clients moving ahead.

Francis Letendre
Head – Public Affairs
Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton
Tel: 514-390-4201
Email: letendre.francis@rcgt.com

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30 Nov 2021

Last Wednesday, November 24th, the Matane office team gathered to wish a happy 100th birthday to Gérard Lavoie, one of the founders of the Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton office in Matane, opened in 1957.

It’s not every day that you can celebrate the 100th birthday of someone who has been so involved in his region. Gérard Lavoie, who is a Fellow of the Ordre des CPA du Québec (FCPA), contributed significantly to promoting the city of Matane and the Bas-Saint-Laurent region by supporting entrepreneurs dedicated to their beautiful region.

Gérard, the father of two daughters and spouse of Mireille Dugas, is affectionately known as Gerry by those close to him.

In the early ’80s, he created the Fondation de l’Hôpital de Matane and has served as chair or secretary-treasurer of numerous organizations such as the Corporation du foyer d’accueil, Caisse populaire Desjardins, Club Richelieu, Club de curling and Club de golf de Matane, and Zone de ski gaspésienne. He has been recognized for donating his time and energy with these honours that include: citizen emeritus as part of the Canada Day festivities, first recipient of the Octave Hommage at the Chambre de commerce de la région de Matane excellence gala and faithful leader of the Knights of Columbus.

“Professionally, my greatest source of pride was the merger in 1984, when I was president of Corriveau, Bujold, Lavoie, Madore et Associés. At the time, the firm had 17 Partners with offices throughout the Bas-Saint-Laurent region and Gaspésie. I won’t go into all the details of the meetings and negotiations. I will however give the award of excellence to my colleague Jean-Marie Bujold. On the Raymond Chabot Martin Paré side, I acknowledge Guy Chabot’s support and Jacques Desmeules’ diligence. Today, I have no hesitation in stating that I’m very proud of being a member of the select group known as the Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton builders,” Lavoie said.

“Dear Gérard, 100 years old, what a feat! You inspire all of us. You’ve achieved so much and kept your health. I had the privilege of meeting you in Matane during the office’s 60th anniversary in 2017. This celebration was in your honour, since it was you who opened the first accounting office in 1957 under the name of Caron, Corriveau, Renaud et Associés. You are a great builder of our firm and a leading advisor to many entrepreneurs who, thanks to your talent over the years, today are the pride of the Bas-Saint-Laurent region, Quebec and beyond. I wish you many more years of happiness and health. Thank you for everything. We admire you so much!” said Emilio B. Imbriglio, President and CEO of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton.

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton in Matane, the Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie and Edmundston region

The Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Matane office started with the opening of the Caron, Corriveau, Renaud et associés office in January 1957. In 1984, the firm had offices in Montmagny, La Pocatière, Matane, Rivière-du-Loup, Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, Chandler and New Richmond. With expansion plans in mind and the desire to meet his clientele’s needs, founder Gérard Lavoie negotiated and merged these seven offices with Raymond Chabot Martin Paré, which became Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton in 1998.

This marked the beginning of a new era for the clients of the Bas-Saint-Laurent and Matane offices. The traditional accounting firm was transformed and now offers numerous specialists and services in assurance, tax and consulting so that organizations can thrive in a structured and competitive business environment.

Today, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton boasts fourteen offices and four points of service in the Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie and Edmundston region that are part of the national and international network.

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