26 Nov 2012

This year again, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton attended the budget lock-up on November 20, 2012 to prepare its tax bulletin for its clients, fellow citizens and managers. This was a very successful exercise in disseminating information clearly and effectively, thanks to the professionalism of about ten tax specialists and employees from the firm’s communications team.

During the lock-up, the team was represented by tax partner Bernard Poulin, who proceeded to analyze the budget to give several Québec communities the benefit of his observations, through several interviews.

On November 20 and 21, 2012, after the embargo was lifted, Mr. Poulin’s solid knowledge resonated in several regions of Québec:

  • In Saguenay, on Planète 99.5 FM, in a radio interview with host Patrick Bourget;
  • In Beauce, on 101.3 FM, in a radio conversation with host Jean-François Routhier;
  • In Centre-du-Québec, in a radio interview with host Marc Bossé, and broadcast on 101.9 FM;
  • In Lanaudière, during a radio interview with host Jacques Plante of 103.5 FM;
  • In Mauricie, in news bulletins broadcast on Rouge FM, 94.7 FM;
  • On television, on Le Canal Argent, in a conversation with anchorman François Gagnon, and;
  • In an article in the newspaper Finance et Investissement written by Guillaume Poulin-Goyer.

Many other experts from the firm shared their rich knowledge after the Québec budget was tabled, including the Acting President and CEO, tax specialist Réal Létourneau, with the newspaper La Tribune, tax partner Sarah Phaneuf with Radio-Canada, and senior tax advisor Sébastien Hamel, during a lecture on the provincial budget, delivered on November 21 at a meeting of the Association de planification fiscale et financière. Other tax specialists, such as Caroline Renaud, Daniel Lachapelle and Jean-François Thuot, also reported on the budget during a conference discussing year-end tax planning strategies for the firm’s clients.

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23 Nov 2012

Emilio ImbriglioCongratulations to Emilio Imbriglio, Montréal office Partner and Chairman of the Board, on successfully completing the 11th Directors Education Program (DEP) of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD)/Rotman in Montréal.

Developed jointly by the ICD and Rotman School of Management, the DEP is the only program in Canada that is specifically geared towards the director community. This program is given by top governance experts and was specifically designed for board directors of private and public companies, large crown corporations, and not-for-profit organizations expecting to sit on for-profit boards. The DEP enables experienced directors to leverage their experience, refine their board-related skills, and attain their objective of creating value for their companies and protecting it. The program aims to improve the skills required to be an effective director.

“The program creates an environment where experienced participants become students again and freely address tough governance issues through a powerful blend of rational thought and rich personal experiences. Hard work and long hours allowed our graduates to earn the trust and friendship of a whole new network of future board members. The ICD network is an unexpected gift. It represents a wonderful permanent support group should the courage to follow our hard earned intuition require some expert advice or a friendly nudge,” stated Christiane Bergevin, Executive Vice President, Strategic Partnership, Office of the President, Desjardins Group, graduate of the 11th DEP in Montréal, class valedictorian, and Emilio Imbriglio, Chairman of the Board, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, graduate of the 11th DEP in Montréal, class valedictorian.

To learn more, consult the related advertisements in the Globe and Mail and La Presse.

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22 Nov 2012

QUÉBEC CITY, November 22, 2012 – To maintain its distinctive positioning through service diversification, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton has announced its acquisition of ECGL, the largest private real estate appraisal firm in the Québec City region.

“Our solid reputation, developed over the last 35 years with the major real estate decision-makers and our notable achievements in the Quebec residential, commercial and industrial sectors, together with the addition of ECGL, will make Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton a leader in real estate appraisal,” said Pierre Lapointe, Regional Vice-President of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton.

The addition of some 20 employees, including ECGL President Annie Labbé and more than 10 qualified real estate appraisers, to the Firm’s consulting group in the Québec City and Beauce offices will undeniably position Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton as offering the broadest range of strategic consulting services in the region.

“Our constant desire to better serve the interests of our clients and entrepreneurs is demonstrated by experienced professionals coming on board to support our growth. The diversity of our services testifies to our commitment to support the region’s dynamic enterprises and contribute to their success,” added Alain Gauthier, Partner in Charge of Consulting Services at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton.

“ECGL obviously feels privileged to be at the centre of such corporate creativity to better support Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton clients. We are even more pleased to pursue our own growth within this major firm through a value-added offering that stems from Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s multidisciplinary expertise,” concluded Annie Labbé.

The ECGL team will continue its activities in Québec City and Beauce (Saint-Georges) offices under the name ECGL, Division of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton.

About ECGL

Founded in 1977, ECGL is the largest private real estate appraisal firm in the Québec City region, with a staff of about 20 knowledgeable professionals serving clients in commercial, residential and industrial appraisal.

About Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton

Founded in 1948, today Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is a leader in the fields of assurance, tax, consulting services, and business recovery & reorganization. Its strength is based on a team of almost 2,300 people, including some 230 partners in more than 100 offices in Quebec, eastern Ontario and New Brunswick. For the past 30 years, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton has been a member of Grant Thornton International Ltd, providing clients with the expertise of the member and correspondent firms in more than 100 countries.


Carole-Anne Dugré
Regional Director of Communications and Business Development
Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton
Tel.: 418-647-6635
Cell: 418-955-3792
[email protected]


Francis Letendre
Senior Consultant – Public Relations
Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton
Tel.: 514-390-4201
Cell: 514-554-1685
[email protected]

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20 Nov 2012
On November 1, 2010, our business partner and entrepreneurial supporter SAJE, held the second Cercle des Lauréats on accounting issues in collaboration with the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal.
This lunch-and-learn event provided young entrepreneurs with an opportunity to consult professionals about many of their concerns. All of them had asked that accounting experts be on hand to clarify a number of points about this often little-known subject.
Martin Lemay, Assurance Partner, Belkacem Berredjem, Tax Manager, and Éléane Côté, R&D Senior Manager answered the call and responded to the questions raised by the young entrepreneurs. Our experts struck the right chord with some SME managers when they informed them of their eligibility for some extensive tax credits.
Events such as these bring to light the significant needs of certain SME managers and their lack of tax and management knowledge. By assisting them with advance tax planning, we helped them achieve attractive savings, and our involvement made a few of them very happy (you could even say they were over the moon)!
Thanks to our Montréal office professionals who contributed to this successful event!

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