04 Dec 2013

Success in the Uniform Evaluation (UFE) is an important step in the professional life of a Chartered Professional Accountant. While the names of those who pass the evaluation are widely publicized, we know little about the people who supported them throughout their studies: their mentors and the workshop facilitators.

At Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, many mentors and facilitators ensure that this pivotal step goes smoothly for the interns. Starting in the beginning of Summer, they help them overcome the obstacles that may arise during their studies leading to the UFE.

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Patrick Jean

One of them is Patrick Jean, Assurance Manager in Montreal: “I help the interns for the pleasure of giving back what I received,” he explains. Jean passed the UFE barely three years ago. Starting late July, he contacted his protégé to ask her about the progress of her studies. In the course of their meeting, Patrick gave her advice and reminded her of the importance of balance. “You have to study seriously, of course, but also take time to have fun,” Patrick adds.

Maxime Nadeau, a supervisor at the Sherbrooke office, supported two interns. This assistance translated into the development of a study schedule, modulated to each intern’s strengths and weaknesses, and moral support. “Mentoring interns was a wonderful experience, which allowed me to develop a close working relationship with them,” says Nadeau, who passed the UFE in 2012. He enjoyed the experience so much, he would like to repeat it next year.

Sébastien Paquin, auditor at our Montreal office, facilitated stress management workshops. “The interns are able to overcome the UFE, if only due to their experience at the Firm. With these workshops, we teach them how to deflate the balloon of anticipation,” he explains. Paquin personally experienced the turmoil of the UFE in 2011.

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Jean Morissette

Jean Morissette, Partner at the Quebec City office, has facilitated workshops on accounting standards for the past eight years. Why does he do it? Because he likes accounting standards and teaching… but not so much that he would make a career of it, he hastens to point out. He adds: “I find it very stimulating to coach these interns at such an important moment in their lives.”

This is clear proof that at RCGT, success depends on teamwork, but also on heart.

We warmly thank all the people who mentored interns, listened to their concerns or facilitated workshops: there are many of them, and they aren’t all named in this article. Your contribution made all the difference..