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 Mfombe

Career Coach NWT Career Centre, 867 873-8790 ext. 110, 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.

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.

Zakaria Traoré

Settlement worker in schools (SWIS), 866 823-3866, swis@cdetno.com

Graduated with two master’s degrees (University of Geneva and IHEID Geneva) covering the fields of institutions, societies, law and development, Zakaria Traore has a multidisciplinary academic background. He has worked for many years in schools and non-profit organizations in Saskatchewan. He has good experience not only with immigration procedures, settlement and integration of newcomers, but also, with supporting students and staff in the school environment. Zakaria Traore is responsible for the implementation of the Settlement Worker In Schools program (SWIS).

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.