28 Nov 2011

Véronique Denys

Congratulations to Véronique Denys, Tax Manager in the Québec City office, who has completed the unbelievable feat of scaling the “Seven Summits”. Véronique is the first woman from Quebec to successfully complete the challenge of climbing the tallest mountain peaks of each of the seven continents—the ultimate goal of the greatest mountaineers in the world.

You may recall that last May Véronique was only the third Quebec woman to conquer Everest, the tallest peak in the world (8,848 meters). Since then, she has climbed the Carstensz Pyramid in Oceania (4,884 meters) and, on November 26, 2011, completed her quest by reaching the summit of Vinson Massif in Antarctica (4,892 meters).

Kudos to Véronique Denys, a woman of outstanding determination and a source of inspiration for Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton employees and Partners alike!

7 sommets

Visit a mountain

If you did not have an opportunity to view Véronique’s superb and very moving video montage on conquering Everest, view the A Dream Has Come True news item published on rcgt.com last June.

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25 Nov 2011

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is proud to be nominated for a Boomerang prize for the quality of its Web site. The Boomerang contest recognizes the best in interactive communications in Quebec. The awards ceremony will take place December 1 at Tohu.

To vote for rcgt.com, click on the red banner reading, “Le prix du public 2011” (people’s choice 2011), in the top right-hand corner of each of the rcgt.com pages. Remember that you must be connected to your Facebook account to vote. To find out which other sites are being nominated, visit:Facebook d’Infopresse.

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton also submitted an entry for a prize in the B2B category. To find out more about the contest and see the results of previous years, click on this link: http://prixboomerang.infopresse.com/resultats/2011/resultats/.

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23 Nov 2011

As part of the 25th edition of the Défi à l’entreprise, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton representatives once again took on this zany sports challenge, putting their team spirit, drive and physical skills to the test with enthusiasm and drive.

Physical Activity for Good Health

The objective of the Défi à l’entreprise is to promote a healthy lifestyle and quality of life for workers through physical activity, in addition to raising funds for Collège de Sherbrooke’s elite teams. It is the largest event of its kind in Québec and the 2011 edition brought together 46 teams and more than 500 participants.

Kudos to both teams for their enthusiastic participation!

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21 Nov 2011

 

On Wednesday November 16, 2011, A. Marc Deschamps and Christine Régimbal, Assurance Partners with the Montréal office alongside Scott MacDonald, Head, Pensions, Insurance, Financial Institutions Product at RBC Dexia Investor Services, presented the conclusions of a pan-Canadian study sponsored by Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton and RBC Dexia, during a noon-hour seminar held in RCGT’s offices.

The study results indicate that 83% of participants in defined benefits (DB) plans are optimistic and believe that when they retire, their organization’s DB plan will have sufficient money to pay them. Moreover, only 5% of members claim that they recall reading, seeing or hearing about underfunding problems or deficits in DB plans.

Additionally, 31% of participants indicated that they didn’t know what percentage of their current annual income they will need to achieve their expected standard of living in retirement. And, when queried as to their planned recreational activities in retirement, 59% said they would do things that they couldn’t while they were working, such as travelling.

A. Marc Deschamps, Assurance Partner with Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, said: “The questions being asked regarding Canadian DB plans and the challenges facing them are totally unclear to members of such plans. With each new well-known DB plan that is beset with difficulties, particularly in a financial market that is so unstable and volatile, DP plans are faced with an increasing urgency to make their members more aware of the health and sustainability of their specific DB plan.”

To view the full report, click here. To see A. Marc Deschamps’ interview on the subject on the TV show Argent, click here (video entitled “Ils n’y comprennent rien”).