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Who are we?

48e Nord International is a passionate, committed team ready to help companies achieve their goals through sustainable business development. It serves Québec companies in the mining industry and all companies in Abitibi-Témiscamingue.

Vision

Provide committed expertise in business coaching.

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CATALYZING DEVELOPMENT

48e Nord International is a catalyst for business development that helps companies achieve their goals. It collaborates with companies to develop innovative ways to improve their positioning, commercialization, and exports by:

  • Leading companies through a supportive business development process
  • Creating pathways to develop entrepreneurs’ critical skills
  • Equipping companies with critical tools and information about domestic and foreign markets
  • Facilitating direct collaboration with private companies, economic stakeholders, and government partners to help companies grow successfully as they develop their business domestically and internationally

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VALUES

What defines us:

We support your company through COLLABORATION. We become your teammates, joining your ranks to understand your concerns and help you achieve your goals through co-creation and co-development. That collaboration doesn’t just apply to participating companies, either—it also applies to our partners, our stakeholders, and our own team. In other words, it’s interconnected teamwork.

Everything we do is marked by the BOLDNESS of our ideas, our actions, and our aims. We are bold enough to reach new heights.

Thanks to our AUTHENTICITY, in every interaction, in every relationship, and at every level of our organization, we foster strong, fruitful discussions to help you define your needs and achieve your goals.

The partnership between 48e Nord International and Optis began with the launch of the Mine verte et connectée [Green and Connected Mines] initiative. As part of the program’s first group, we were able to benefit from coaching that helped us develop our network, commercialize our services, and connect with major mining companies.

François Bolduc-Teasdale, CEO, OPTIS

We participated in the ReActor48 program while receiving consulting services to help orient Mécanicad’s export strategy. We were extremely impressed by 48e Nord International’s methodology, approach, and hard work, as well as their support as we developed our Western Canada market.

Jocelyn Lacroix, Mécanicad

Do you run a business in Québec’s mining industry? What about a business in Abitibi-Témiscamingue?

You’re in the right place!

We’re here to help you:

  • Capitalize on business opportunities to enter new markets
  • Develop your skills through strong development programs
  • Access commercialization and export consultants/li>
  • Complete exploratory and trade missions, domestically and abroad
  •  Connect with a prime network of contacts and experts around the world

Learn more about our services

A HIGH-CALIBER TEAM!

Valérie Lemay

General manager

Nearly 20 years of experience in communication, a graduate of the University of Ottawa in communication, holds a master's degree in sociology from the University of Quebec in Montreal, she has worked in regional development and consultation, as a professional and consultant in communication and marketing.

  • Great ease in outreach, promotion, brand images and business development.
  • The growth of Abitibi-Témiscamingue is important to her.
  • Very good ability to mobilize, lead and work in consultation with partners.
  • Coming from sociology, she adapts her ideas, her strategies in respect of the reality and culture of the territories.
  • Expertise in labour attraction at the national and international level.

Zabrina Rojas

Regional Export Advisor

Education in specialized project management administration and international economic relationships. More than 8 years of management experience supporting many companies through project feasibility studies and implementation of business projects.

  • Her skills include problem-solving, risk management, diplomacy, business, economics, marketing, and transport
  • She excels in project management and contributes her skills in HR management, health and safety, and workplace improvement
  • Effectively analyzes risks and economic variables
  • Cares deeply about business development
  • Her energy, thoroughness, and active listening skills allow her to support Abitibi-Témiscamingue businesses in their market development

Francesca Rios

Export and Research Advisor

Bachelor’s degree in international studies and modern languages from the University of Ottawa. Currently completing a master’s degree in international relations and affairs (specializing in cooperation, development, and economics) at the University of Montréal. Specializes in English, Spanish, and Italian.

  • Excels in analyzing political, social, and economic environments
  • Expert in data use
  • Passionate about political economics and cultural and social diplomatic relations, as well as having an excellent understanding of social contexts, international politics, development, and cooperation
  • During her time at the University of Ottawa, she was an ambassador of international student exchanges and a student representative for a food collective. She is passionate about research methodology, economics, and environmental issues

Charline Lessard-Desrochers

Export and Research Advisor

Bachelor’s degree in international studies from the University of Montreal. Currently specializing in administration at the University of Québec in Abitibi-Témiscamingue.

  • Passionate about international relations and specialized in conflict management—economics, strategy, and macromanagement
  • Meticulous researcher with a particular talent for providing accurate, relevant information to guide Québec companies’ strategies on foreign markets
  • Goal: help local businesses shine far beyond Québec’s borders
  • She was the University of Montreal’s ambassador for new students, project management, events, and communication
  • Began her career at 48e Nord International as an intern

Olivier Bilodeau

International Logistics Advisor

Graduated from the Maritime Institute of Québec in Rimouski in 2013 with a degree in transport logistics.

  • His skills include international trade, mapping, and analytics
  • With 48e Nord for more than 7 years
  • Bilingual (French and English)
  • Extensive knowledge of the organization and its activities
  • Uses his technical knowledge to support companies with their operational export challenges, such as logistics and transport, and departments within a company (marketing, HR, legal, negotiation, accounting, storage, transport)

Priscilla Ventura

Communications and Events Coordinator

Graduated in event project management and marketing, currently specializing in business management at HEC Montréal.

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    OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

    DANIEL MISIANO

    Chairman of the Board of Directors
    • President, MBI Global
    • More than 30 years of experience in mining exploration, having climbed the ranks of several manufacturing and distribution companies through international mandates.

    ÉRIC BEAUPRÉ

    Director
    • President and CEO, Technosub
    • His team spirit and dedication help him stand out as the leader of the largest mine dewatering and industrial pumping factory in Canada.

    GUILLAUME MARQUIS

    Director
    • President of Métal Marquis Inc.
    • Extensive experience designing and completing multiple projects in the industrial, mining, forestry, and hydroelectric fields.

    KIM VALADE

    Director
    • General Manager, Meglab
    • As the general manager, Kim Valade has many responsibilities within Meglab. Among others, she leads the sales department and supervises process standardization.

    Me PIERRE MATTE

    Director
    • Lawyer, shareholder (owner), and president of Cliche Avocats.
    • Practices business law, specifically securities and corporate law, as well as business relations. With Cliche Avocats since 2006.

    YOUSSEF FICHTALI

    Director
    • Youssef Fichtali is a lawyer with the firm Fasken. He specializes in the energy and natural resources sectors and is particularly active in emerging countries.
    • He advises multinational companies, investment funds, development finance institutions, banks, and sponsors on the structuring and negotiation of complex and cross-border transactions.
    • He also advises various governments on the drafting and updating of their legislative framework, particularly in the energy and mining sectors.

    LINE DARVEAU RIVARD

    Director
    • Business Development Manager, Desjardins Business Abitibi-Témiscamingue and Nord-du-Québec
    • She has extensive experience in financial analysis, business support, and business financing in various sectors. She puts that experience to good use with her entire team.

    FRANÇOIS BOLDUC TEASDALE

    Director
    • Co-Founder and CEO – Optis Engineering

    Alex Gaudreault

    Director
    • Vice President, Spiritueux Alpha Tango
    • Fresh out of the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, he co-founded his first company in May 2020. He now spends his time working on operations management, marketing, business relations, and more.

    Our partners

    • Desjardins
    • Développement économique Canada pour les régions du Québec
    • Économie et innovation Québec