About

CDETNO is a non-profit organization that promotes, stimulates and supports economic development and employability of Francophones and Francophiles of Northwest Territories. Together with our partners, we develop services and tools to support all Northerners.

CDETNO is a member of the National Francophone Economic Development Network (RDÉE Canada).

Our services:

  • Recruitment
  • Employment
  • Immigration
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Investment
  • Tourism

We are proud to be part of the Northern development.


History

15 YEARS OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN FRENCH

CDETNO was started in 2001 by a group of Francophones interested in expanding opportunities in French in the NWT.  The next year they developed a three-year plan for economic development within the NWT Francophone community.

They presented that plan at the Fédération Franco-Ténoise annual general meeting in Hay River in November 2002. There, it was decided the group should become an independent non-profit organization. CDETNO held its founding meeting and elected its first board of directors on March 7, 2003.

Since then we’ve developed strong partnerships with governments at all levels and connected hundreds of members from the NWT business community with services in French.


Board of Directors

CDETNO is run by a five-member board of directors.

Frederic Deschenes, Crowe Mackay

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.

Jean-François Pitre, Pido Productions

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. 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. F 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.

Rolland Éric Rakotomena, Explorer Hotel

Rolland-Eric Rakotomena is well involved in Yellowknife’s community and cultural life. He has a long presence in the hotel industry with international experience, Eric completed a diploma in Hotel & Restaurant Management. Since arriving in Yellowknife in 2016, he is the Director of Banquets and Events at the Explorer Hotel Yellowknife.

Bouchra Ellaham, BB Cooking, Catering

Originally, from Morocco, Bouchra is a northerner since 2016. Passionate about cooking and world flavours, her cooking talents will please all tastes and palates. A woman entrepreneur, Bouchra has several arrows to her bow: owner of BB Cooking with its catering service, Bouchra recently co-owns another restaurant in Yellowknife.


Our Team Members

François Afane

Executive director, 867 873-5962 ext. 102, 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 CDÉTNO’s, he was the Connector Program’s Coordinator at the Conseil Économique et Coopératif de la Saskatchewan (CÉCS), CDÉTNO’s counterpart organization in Saskatchewan, and member of RDÉE Canada. Today, he actively works with his team to expand CDÉTNO’s positive impact on the community and to help with the economic development in the territories.

Nadine Cantin

Administration coordinator, 867 873-5962 ext. 101, admin@cdetno.com

Having obtained her diploma in office automation at O’Sullivan College in Quebec City, Nadine has more than 18 years of experience in administration and accounting. She has acquired her experience in several types of companies. She has been in Yellowknife since September 2018 and is discovering the Northwest Territories. 

Carine Ouedraogo

Communication and Marketing Officer, 867 873-5962 ext. 105, 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 CDÉTNO’s communication operations and implementing its marketing strategy with support to partners.

William Gagnon

Economic Development Officer, 867 873-5962 ext. 104, services@cdetno.com

William Gagnon works for decarbonization and climate action; a systems thinker. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering, graduate studies in carbon management, and is completing a climate fellowship at Cornell University. He promotes the creation of green jobs as part of a shift towards a decarbonized world where humans live collaboratively with nature. The transition to sustainability is set to create millions of jobs; and William is here to help Northern entrepreneurs’ become leaders.

Aleksandar Kovacevic

Immigration, Recruitment and Career Officer, 867 873-5962 ext. 106, emplois@cdetno.com

Aleksandar holds two academic degrees, a Bachelor Degree in French language and literature (University of Belgrade, Serbia) and a Master Degree in Political Science (University of Quebec in Montreal). He has over 10 years of experience in non-profit organizations in Europe and in Canada. Aleksandar begins his professional career with CDÉTNO after working as a Liaison Immigration Officer with an employability organization in the province of Quebec.

Sira Diabira

Youth Entrepreneurship and Tourism coordinator, 867 873-5962 ext. 113, tourisme@cdetno.com

As a graduate of Laval University in Economics and Politics, Sira has lived in many countries and been in contact with different cultures. Her many trips in Africa, Europe and now North America have given her solid experience in communication and leadership. As employee of CDÉTNO, she is coordinate the initiation of youth to entrepreneurship project while also supervising the tourism portfolio.

Gordon Ross

Manager NWT Career Centre / Workforce Hub, 867 873-8790 ext. 111, career_manager@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.

Mercy Beilem

Career Coach NWT Career Centre, 867 873-8790 ext. 110, career@cdetno.com

Mercy Beilem 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 is skilled at advising and coaching individuals on resume and cover letters to enable you to advance in your career. To enhance her abilities to assist job seekers, her journey continued with Career Development courses. She is a member of Career Professionals of Canada (CPC).

Andrea Fowler

Administration officer NWT Career Center / Workforce Hub, 867 873-8790 ext. 114, nwtccadmin@cdetno.com

A member of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation residing in the community of Dettah, Andrea brings over 10 years of experience to the NWT Career Centre. As a Graduate of Grant MacEwan’s Mental Health Aboriginal Connections Program, her work in the Community for both Private and Government organizations (Restorative Justice and Youth worker), her knowledge will help to advance supports for job seekers in the North Slave and beyond.

Malini Sengupta

Yellowknife Immigration Partnership coordinator (YIP), 867 873-5962 ext. 109, lip@cdetno.com

A progressive Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) and HR Professional with diverse international experience spanning many industries such as Technology, Banking, Education; from corporate start up environments to government agencies.

Holding a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant license and two master’s degrees focused in Human Resource from the University of Hertfordshire, UK and Global Management from Royal Roads University, Canada. Further strengths include fundraising, marketing campaigns and new initiatives management for community education and support new immigrants.

Presently, working as Yellowknife Immigration Partnership Coordinator (YIP); YIP is a community partnership focused on the development of settlement strategies for newcomers. These strategies will bring together and support service delivery to newcomers, while promoting positive relationships, opportunity, and use of local resources effectively.

Kathryn Pakenham

Settlement Worker in Schools (SWIS), 866-823-3866, swis@cdetno.com

A graduate of the University of Otawa in international development ; she is currently pursuing her MA in Polar Law from the University of Akureyri. She has more than a decade of experience working with children and youths, and has lived in 5 countries herself, giving her first-hand experience with the challenges immigrants and newcomers face.


Our Funders & Partners

Funders

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In order to provide French services and support job opportunities for Francophones and Francophiles in the NWT, we have strong partnerships with many government organizations:

  • Employment and Social Development Canada
  • Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor)
  • Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
  • Young Canada Works – Canadian Heritage
  • The Department of Education, Culture and Employment
  • The Department of Industry, Tourism & Investment of the Government of the Northwest Territories

Partners

                                                        

Association des parents ayants droit de Yellowknife

Association franco-culturelle de Hay River

Association franco-culturelle de Yellowknife

Association franco-yukonnaise

Aurora College

Ayni Conceptions

Centre d’accueil francophone – Immigration TNO

City of Yellowknife

Commission scolaire francophone des TNO

Conseil de développement économique de l’Alberta

Denendeh Investments Inc., Carrefour Nunavut

École Allain St-Cyr

Embassy of Canada to Belgium (Brussels)

Embassy of Canada in France (Paris)

Embassy of Canada to Senegal

Fédération franco-ténoise

GNWT Department of Human Resources

Hay River Chamber of Commerce

Inuvik Chamber of Commerce

Jeunesse TNO

L’Aquilon

Military Family Resource Centres

Nextreme

Northern Aboriginal Business Association

NWT Chamber of Commerce

NWT & Nunavut Chamber of Mines

NWT Tourism

Office Compliments

Pido Productions

Pôle-emploi International

RDÉE Canada

Réseau TNO Santé en français

Thebacha Business Development Services

Tait Communications and Consulting

Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce