Board of Directors
CDETNO is run by a five-member board of directors.
Jean-François Pitre, President
As one of the founders of CDETNO, Jean-François Pitre has made a major contribution to the development of Francophones in the Northwest Territories since moving to Yellowknife in 1982. From 1998 to 2003, he was involved with la Fédération Franco-Ténoise. As the owner of the successful Pido audiovisual production company, he is an acclaimed philanthropist of the arts community across the Northwest Territories.
Originally from the south of France, Didier Bourgois arrived in Yellowknife in 1982. His desire for adventure and a place to immerse his children in bilingual culture has motivated him to strengthen French interests in the Northwest Territories. In 1985, he began the first French/English translation company in the territories. For 15 years, he’s owned the home inspection company, Housecheck, which offers services in both English and French. Didier believes that economic development for Francophones here is just starting. “There is so much to do in the North,” he says.
Fred moved to Yellowknife in August of 2010 to join Crowe MacKay LLP as an assurance manager, after 11 years of experience with national firms operating in northern Ontario. He became partner in January of 2013 and currently provides expertise on a variety of audits, specializing in those for not-for-profit organizations, municipalities, school boards, hospitals, and co-operative organizations.
Alain Chiasson is a member of Field Law’s Business Group, practicing in Yellowknife. Alain has a vast legal background in corporate law, business law and securities law. He also focuses on taxation and estate planning, including estate freezes, corporate reorganizations, tax litigation and the purchase or selling of shares and assets. His practice also includes the mining and natural resources sectors.He has completed The Osgoode Certificate in Mining Law.
Michel Boivin moved to Yellowknife in October 2011 to fill the need for a major account managers in the NWT. He worked in procurement and logistics for mining and civil-engineering construction with major international companies in the NWT, Nunavut and British Columbia before assuming his current position of Key Account Manager at Atlas Copco Mining and Rock Excavation Technique Canada.