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.


position To be filled

Immigration, Recruitment and Career Officer, (867) 873-5962 ext. 3, emplois@cdetno.com



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.


Carine Ouedraogo

Communication and Marketing Officer, (867) 873-5962 ext. 5, communication@cdetno.com 

Graduated with a Master’s degree in Marketing, Communication and Business Strategies from a Business School in France (INSEEC Lyon), Carine has a proven experience in management, communication and marketing developed through employment with the private sector and nonprofit organizations in both France and Canada. She is in charge of coordinating CDETNO’s communication operations and implementing its marketing strategy with  support to partners.


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.



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.


Gordon Ross

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

With 12 years of local, provincial and national experience in recruitment, facilitation and labour market activities (including diversity & inclusion initiatives), Gordon has returned to Yellowknife to support and enhance the collaborative work ongoing within the NWT labour market. He has studied Business Administration & Marketing through Seneca College and holds certificates in advanced communication, leadership and career development.


position To be filled

Settlement worker in schools, 867-445-3551, swis@cdetno.com