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).
We are proud to be part of the Northern development.
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
Executive director, 867-873-5962 ext. 102, firstname.lastname@example.org
Trained in business administration and project management, François has over 17 years of experience in community, private (entrepreneurship) and government sectors. Before taking the helm of CDETNO, he was the connector program coordinator at Conseil économique et coopératif de la Saskatchewan (CÉCS), a sister organization equivalent to CDÉTNO in Saskatchewan and a member of RDÉE Canada. Today, he actively works with his team to expand CDETNO’s positive impact on the community and to support and promote the economic development of the Northwest Territories.
Administration coordinator, 867-873-5962 ext. 101, email@example.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.
Communication and Marketing Officer, 867-873-5962 ext. 105, firstname.lastname@example.org
Erika arrived in Yellowknife in November 2020. She has a Master’s degree in Management and Business Strategy and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business Management. Originally from France, she has worked with her city’s economic development organization for several years to promote craftsmanship. Passionate about marketing, new technologies and web designing , she is ambivalent and a force of proposal. Some of her strengths are verbal and written communication, project management, entrepreneurship and strategy’s development. With CDÉTNO, she is the Communication and Marketing Agent.
Economic Development Officer and Innovation, 867-873-5962 ext. 104, email@example.com
Trained in Business Administration at Laval University in Quebec City, Mila has acquired strong management and sustainable development skills. With experience in the field of corporate change management, Mila’s goal with CDETNO is to provide support to Francophone and Francophile entrepreneurs looking to grow or bring new ideas in support of the economic development of the Northwest Territories.
Immigration, Recruitment and Career Officer, 867-873-5962 ext. 106, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Youth Entrepreneurship Coordinator, 867-873-5962 ext. 107, email@example.com
Caroline is a graduate of the University of Regina with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Business Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations. She has over 9 years of experience in accounting, both in Europe and in Canada. She is also an entrepreneur with experience in launching businesses. She is currently working as a Coordinator for the Youth Entrepreneurship Project.
Manager NWT Career Centre, 867-873-8790 ext. 111, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Career Coach NWT Career Centre, 867-873-8790 ext. 110, email@example.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, cover letters and labour market information 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 Certified Career Development Professional (CCDP) through the Career Development Association of Alberta and also a member of Career Professionals of Canada (CPC).
Administration officer NWT Career Center, 867-873-8790 ext. 114, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Yellowknife Immigration Partnership coordinator (YIP), 778-318-6198, email@example.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.
Settlement Worker in Schools (SWIS), 866-823-3866, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Settlement Advisor, 867-873-5962 ext. 108 or 833-688-1631, email@example.com
Athulya is a recent graduate of the University of Ottawa in International Development and Globalization. Her passion for human rights and gender equality has led her to become actively involved in her community by participating in student-led humanitarian initiatives as well as working with cultural organizations to promote more diverse and equitable living environments. She hopes to develop skills and gain transferable experiences she can use to grow in her professional career.
Settlement Advisor, 833-688-1549, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sonia arrived in Yellowknife in June 2019 after living in Quebec for 7 years.
She has a background in Sales Force Management and has worked in customer service for over 15 years in Ivory Coast and Canada. She also has a certificate in Human Resources Management from the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM).
She comes to us from the Fédération Franco-Ténoise (FFT). She joins the CDETNO team which now houses the Welcome and Settlement Service for Francophone newcomers. Her role is to support and direct newcomers to the various resources and services available in our community. It will therefore be a challenge for her to work and participate in the settlement and retention of Francophone newcomers to the Northwest Territories, in a minority setting.
Together, we will spread the message that it is possible to live in French in English-speaking Canada.
Our Funders & Partners
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
Association des parents ayants droit de Yellowknife
Association franco-culturelle de Hay River
Association franco-culturelle de Yellowknife
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
GNWT Department of Human Resources
Hay River Chamber of Commerce
Inuvik Chamber of Commerce
Military Family Resource Centres
Northern Aboriginal Business Association
NWT Chamber of Commerce
NWT & Nunavut Chamber of Mines
Réseau en Immigration francophone (RIFTNO)
Réseau TNO Santé en français
Thebacha Business Development Services
Tait Communications and Consulting
Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce
Yellowknife Immigration Partnership (YIP)