Our Team Members

François Afane

Executive Director, (867) 873-5962 ext. 1, direction@cdetno.com Having graduated with a Master’s degree in Project Management and trained in Business Administration François cumulates more than 10 years
of experience in community, private and governmental sectors. Before taking the helm of the CDETNO’s, he was the Connector Program’s Coordinator at the Conseil Économique et Coopératif de la Saskatchewan (CÉCS), CDETNO’s counterpart organization in
Saskatchewan, and member of RDÉE Canada. Today, he actively works with his team to expand CDETNO’s positive impact on the community and to help with the economic development in the territories.

Valérie Gosselin

Immigration, Recruitment and Career Officer, (867) 873-5962 ext. 3, emplois@cdetno.com Trained in Career Development at Université du Québec à Montréal, Valérie uses her skills to help Francophones in their
job search in the Northwest Territories. She also facilitates the connection between employers and job seekers by organizing Employment Café and participating at job fairs and networking events.

Diego Toledo

Economic Development Officer, (867) 873-5962 ext. 4, services@cdetno.com Educated in global management and graduated with a DESS in finance, Diego broadens his skills in business development by positioning
a Canadian company of the forestry industry into the South American market. Before that, he was a consultant for start-ups in Chile and taught Marketing in a university of this country. At CDETNO, Diego supports French-speaking entrepreneurs who want
to start a business in the Northwest Territories.

Sonia Idir

Communication and Marketing Officer, (867) 873-5962 ext. 5, communication@cdetno.com Originally from France, Sonia graduated with a Master’s degree in Culture and Communication at the University of
Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines. After two years in Halifax, including one year working for the Conseil de développement économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse (CDÉNÉ) as a Communication and Marketing Officer, she decided to come to Yellowknife. Sonia
is responsible for the promotion of CDETNO and its activities. She ensures the organization receives maximum visibility through advertising, social media, and writing press releases and newsletters.

Mélisande Alric

Administration and Tourism Coordinator, (867) 873-5962 ext. 2, admin@cdetno.com Graduated with a Master’s degree in administration at Université de Laval à Québec, Melisande developed and managed
many projects with First Nations for three years in the Province of Quebec, often in remote areas, before settling in Yellowknife. With her management skills, she is responsible of CDETNO’s administration. She also promotes tourist attractions of the
Northwest Territories in Francophone markets.

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Mercy Beilem Mfombe

NWT Career Centre Officer, (867) 873-8790, career@cdetno.com Mercy Beilem was born in Cameroon and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English. Before joining the NWT Career Centre, she worked as an administrative
secretary and counselor with the Society for Women and AIDS in Africa (SWAA-Cameroon) for ten years. She utilizes her skills and experience to help job seekers at the NWT Career Centre.

Rena Squirrel

NWT Career Centre Officer, (867) 873-8790, careerofficer@cdetno.com

Rena was born and raised in the Northwest Territories, from Gwich’in and Dene parents.
She attended the University of Alberta in the Native Studies faculty and pursed a combined degree in Bachelor of Arts in Native Studies/ Bachelor of Education in Secondary Education.
When Rena is not working as the NWT Career Centre Officer, she works with her husband manage their construction company and other business ventures. Rena is proud to be able to create jobs and opportunities for people in the NWT.

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Annik Théberge

Settlement worker in schools, 867-445-3551, swis@cdetno.com Graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education from UQAM, Annik has ten years of teaching experience. She is passionate about culture
and is committed to equal opportunities and accessibility to a quality education. Annik has for mandate to provide settlement services in schools and information to newcomers in order to facilitate their integration into the community.