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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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.

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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.