06 May 2015
Emilio B. Imbriglio
President and Chief Executive Officer | FCPA, FCA, MBA, CFE, ICD.D.

Once again this year, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton has been ranked first among the top 25 accounting firms in Quebec, according to the Les Affaires newspaper ranking published in its May 2, 2015 edition. We have consolidated our position at the top thanks to our network’s incredible strength. Everyone, each of the 2,513 professionals located in over 100 offices, has made it possible for us to keep our ranking for the second year in a row.

Top 25 accounting firms in Quebec

Source: Les Affaires

Our workforce increased by 6.2% over 2014, due to a higher volume of activities as well as acquisitions, such as the arrival of the members of Rochon Thériault Chartrand, in Saint-Jérôme.

We believe that a 6% fee increase is possible in 2015, thanks to the contribution of our numerous resources, either by providing excellent services to our clients or by the constantly stepping up collaboration between the various services. The workforce should remain stable compared with 2014, given our focus on improving efficiency. See the article published in the Les Affaires special section on Les Grands de la comptabilité.

Growth Led by Advisory Services

In the same Les Affaires section, President and CEO, Emilio B. Imbriglio, also contributed to an article titled Les services-conseils animent la croissance (available on line, only to subscribers – in French). Among the firm’s offering of about sixty services, Investigative and Forensic Accounting, in particular, has expanded. In the article it was mentioned that Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is focussing on the investigation component, following the arrival of recognized industry experts and that cybersecurity is also a promising service for accounting firms. “The firm has already obtained numerous cybersecurity assignments for the federal government”, stated Emilio B. Imbriglio.

Another firm objective is to increase the number of public companies among its clients (currently 200) by 10%. “Our main market is SMEs and 20% of our volume is due to public and parapublic organizations. Our competitors dominate the listed companies market. But, in our mind, there is no sacred ground: our objective is to dominate all markets”, Imbriglio added.

The firm has every reason to be proud of its leading market position and for being recognized as a business partner of choice for decision-makers and leaders of private entities and public organizations of all sizes across its territory.

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01 May 2015
Emilio B. Imbriglio
President and Chief Executive Officer | FCPA, FCA, MBA, CFE, ICD.D.

Raymond Chabot’s awareness campaign “Ne perdez pas vos moyens” on healthy personal financial management launched on April 13, 2015 has been highly successful in Quebec. A vast number of French-language media outlets across the province relayed the campaign message in over one hundred newspaper and web articles and radio and television programs.

Our experts Eric Lebel, Stéphane Gauvin, Éric Morin and Marc Lafrenière, bankruptcy partners in the Brossard, Rimouski, Chicoutimi and Gatineau offices respectively, gave over 80 media interviews to make Quebecers aware of the importance of properly managing their personal finances.

They also participated in numerous programs, including Salut Bonjour! on TVA, Ici RDI and Le midi trente on Radio Canada, Mario Dumont’s program on LCN as well as Ça commence bien! on V Télé. Additionally, they were heard on various radio programs, including Normandeau-Duhaime on CJMF FM 93.3, Médium large on SRC and Solide comme le Roch on CKOF FM 104.7. Lastly, they contributed to several newspaper articles in Journal de Montréal, Journal de Québec, Le Soleil, Le Nouvelliste, and Le Droit, to name but a few.

Comedian Laurent Paquin, who experienced financial difficulties of his own in the past, lent his support to Raymond Chabot’s campaign.

In a series of capsules that went viral, Laurent Paquin provides advice based on his own experience.

You can view the capsules and share them on www.raymondchabot.com/conseils.

Personal finances: 50% of Quebecers are worried about the future

As part of the cross-Quebec campaign, Raymond Chabot experts commented on the results of a CROP survey conducted for the firm that dealt with Quebecers’ relationship with their personal finances. According to this survey, nearly one in two people in Quebec is experiencing financial difficulties.

In light of this alarming situation, the experts at Raymond Chabot urge people to break the money taboo and to seek help when they are a difficult situation. Here a few tips, taken from various media interviews.

Some expert advice

  • Prepare a budget and stick to it

Marc Lafrenière emphasizes the importance of preparing a budget and sticking to it. “This is crucial for sound personal finances and to get a true picture of your situation,” he explained in Le Droit and other media outlets, in particular CHOT TV (TVA Gatineau/Ottawa), CKOF Outaouais FM 104.7, CBOF ICI Radio Canada Première FM 90.7, CKLX Radio 9 FM 91.9, FM1047.ca and ICI.Radio-Canada.ca.

  • Don’t confuse “need” with “want”

Éric Morin noted that, increasingly, people who come to his office get their pay and spend it right away. To avoid impulse buying, he recommends that they analyze their expenses, so they don’t confuse “need” with “want”.

His analysis and recommendations may be found in several articles, radio, web and TV interviews: Le Quotidien (Chicoutimi), CKTV ICI Radio Canada (Jonquière), CFRS TV (V média Jonquière), CKYK Radio X FM 95.7 (Saguenay), CFGT Planète 104.5 FM (RNC Saguenay), CBJ ICI Radio-Canada Première FM 93.7 (Chicoutimi), Ici.Radio-Canada.ca (Région Saguenay), 98.5 FM, FM 104.7 and VTele.ca.

  • Include “fun” in your budget and build a cushion to deal with the unexpected

In an article published in La Tribune, partner Eric Lebel advises that 5% of net income be set aside for “fun”, so that planned expenses are realistic. He also recommends exercising caution and estimates that everyone should have a cushion of about three months’ worth of salary to deal with anything unexpected.

You can find other advice given by Eric Lebel during his media tour to raise awareness about healthy personal financial management on estrieplus.com, in Finance et Investissement, on Rougefm (Estrie), 107.7 FM, ICI Radio Canada (Montréal), Cite Rouge FM 102.7, TVA Nouvelles, Argent, LCN, ICI RDI and several others.

  • Don’t isolate yourself and don’t hesitate to get help

Partner Stéphane Gauvin, whose numerous media interviews were heard on TVA, Radio X, FM93, FM 106.9, CJE FM 91.9, CJMF FM 93.3, CHNC Rock Country FM 107.1, CKOB MAURICIE FM 106.9, and CBV ICI Radio Canada Première FM 106.3, recommends that you not isolate yourself and that you don’t try to hide your personal financial difficulties.

“On the contrary, in such a situation, you need to get information, talk about your circumstances, get the right help,” he explained in Le Soleil. “Talking about money should no longer be taboo, you need to get your peace of mind back, to do this, you have to get help and support.”

For more tools and advice, visit our site: https://www.raymondchabot.com/en/.

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01 May 2015
Emilio B. Imbriglio
President and Chief Executive Officer | FCPA, FCA, MBA, CFE, ICD.D.

In light of the growing risk and complexity of fraud and financial misconduct, company owners, public sector institutions and lawyers feel an increasing need for assistance and expert advice. This is why if you visit the “Investigative and Forensic Accounting” section, you will discover our new range of services and a new team of four CA•IFA specialists.

An Extended Range of Expert Services

To better meet the increasingly diverse and complex needs of companies and institutions in Quebec, we decided to revise all of our forensic accounting services. Now we offer an even wider and deeper range of services. Here is an overview:

  • Investigations and investigation technologies
  • Anti-bribery and corruption
  • Litigation support
  • Whistleblower reporting solutions
  • Business valuation
  • Training
  • Anti-money-laundering
  • Other services

Our new forensic accounting service offering, another way Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is helping local businesses unlock their potential for growth.

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24 Apr 2015
Emilio B. Imbriglio
President and Chief Executive Officer | FCPA, FCA, MBA, CFE, ICD.D.

Dimitrios Georgoulas, Tax Senior Manager, analyzes the impact of federal tax cuts on families, in an article republished in many media, including the Financial Post, the Brandon Sun, Huffington Post, the Winnipeg Free Press,the Penticton Herald, Advisor.ca, the

Chronicle Herald and the Telegraph-Journal.

According to the expert, the new measure, which allows the spouse with the higher income to transfer taxable income to the spouse in a lower tax bracket is not only intended for the rich, as some critics may have affirmed.

“The measure will also benefit young families,” Dimitrios Georgoulas explains. “However, this income transfer could reduce other credits, such as medical expenses, which are linked to the income of the lower-earning spouse,” the expert warns.

To learn more, see the article.

06 May 2015  |  Written by :

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