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.






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





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


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.

Francesca Rios

Senior advisor in sustainable business strategy

Bachelor's degree in international studies and modern languages ​​at the University of Ottawa. She enjoys planning as well as in-depth research on various geographic and industry markets.

  • Excels in analyzing political, social, and economic environments.
  • Expert in data use
  • Passionate about languages, international, cultural and social relations.

Priscilla Ventura

Communication and event coordinator

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

Charline Lessard-Desrochers

Sustainable business strategy 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.

Olivier Bilodeau

Customer relations and research support

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 since 2012.
  • 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).


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    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.


    • I have been on the board of 48th North for 7 years. The development of businesses in our region, regardless of their field of activity, is close to my heart.
    • CEO of the Technosub Group since 2015, a company specializing in industrial and mining pumping and dewatering in North America with its head office in Rouyn-Noranda, 8 branches in Canada and 2 divisions in the USA.
    • My know-how is particularly focused on the management of organizations, strategic planning, marketing and business development in Canada and internationally.


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


    • 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.


    • Lawyer, shareholder (owner) and president of Cliche Avocats from 2006 to 2022.
    • Practices business law, in particular banking law, transactional law and corporate law.
    • Since April 2022, Pierre has been Director of Legal and Corporate Affairs at L. Fournier et Fils inc. and its affiliates.


    • 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.



    Passionate about technological development and committed to innovation, François holds a master’s degree in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Université de Sherbrooke. Throughout his academic and professional career, François has reflected on the development of new technologies applicable to the aeronautics, mining and industrial sectors. His work led him to found a company that operates across these business sectors, with the goal of creating winning collaborations and sustainable innovations. It is with this motivation that he joined our Board of Directors as a representative of companies in the mining sector outside Abitibi-Témiscamingue. François is determined to work in concert with the actors of our economic ecosystem in order to make them shine on the international level.

    Alex Gaudreault

    • 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.

    Christel Groux


    Born in Switzerland and coming from a family of breeders for more than 5 generations, I started my career as a lawyer. Quickly, I realized that it was not my cup of tea: agriculture was calling me. It was at the UPA federation of Abitibi-Témiscamingue that I put my energies at the service of agricultural producers for more than 8 years. I then took over the management of the now defunct niche of excellence in beef production. All these years have given me a wealth of knowledge and contacts. Convinced of the immense potential of the region, I embarked with optimism on the great adventure of processing and marketing meat to promote the products of the farm and the region. It is therefore as co-owner of the Farm and the Butchery of Les Praz that I have been developing his businesses for more than 5 years.

    Our partners

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