Word from the president

Carole Doussin

Welcome to the Quebec International Trade website.

Quebec International Trade is the largest network of market development experts in Quebec. Bringing together regional export promotion organizations from across the province (ORPEX), our network includes 65 international trade commissioners and consultants offering expert advice to Quebec SMEs intent on capturing foreign markets.

Mandated by the governments of Québec and Canada, all the ORPEX offer customized and proximity services at a reasonable cost to help businesses implement the best international trade practices to develop new markets. Every year, more than 2300 SMEs from various sectors of activity call upon our services.

Our experts are available to guide you through your market diversification process, whether your business is about to start exporting or already has a strong foothold in international markets.

If you are looking to develop proximity markets (the United States or other Canadian provinces) or break into complex foreign markets (Brazil, China or African countries), our network is qualified to provide you with tailored consulting services.

Please use our interactive map of Quebec to find the ORPEX servicing your region.

I hope you enjoy browsing our website.

Carole Doussin

President of Quebec International Trade


Quebec International Trade is the network of regional export promotion organizations (ORPEX) established across Quebec. The network represents the organizations’ interests at the provincial and federal levels. It facilitates the sharing of best business practices and contributes to the promotion of ORPEX international trade expertise.

Find your ORPEX


Commerce International Québec International Trade (CIQ) was created in March 2001. The network was created so that the ORPEX might pool their expertise and certain resources to better meet the needs of the businesses that they serve.

The first regional export promotion organizations (ORPEX) were created during the 1990s at the initiative of provincial and federal governments.

Since then, Commerce International Québec has been providing support to the ORPEX that help Quebec-based businesses develop their export markets.

Board of Directors

Carole Doussin
Carole DoussinPresident
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Margarita Motta
Margarita MottaVice-President
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Gino Cyr
Gino CyrSecretary-Treasurer
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Valérie L’Heureux
Valérie L’HeureuxCoordinator
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Ariel Retamal
Ariel RetamalDirector
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Michèle Jacques
Michèle JacquesDirector
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Mathieu Lapointe
Mathieu LapointeDirector
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Éric Boucher
Éric BoucherDirector
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Click on the dot corresponding to your region for more information. You'll learn more about the different profiles of your regional experts.

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West Montreal
North Shore
East Montreal
Downtown Montréal
National Capital Region
Laurentian Region
Central Quebec
Gaspé-Magdalen Islands Region
Lower St. Lawrence
48e Nord International is the ORPEX (regional export promotion organization) of the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region. 48e Nord International works closely with regional economic stakeholders and government partners to provide local businesses with expertise in their preparation for export operations. The organization develops projects to help SMEs structure, promote and export their Quebec mining products and services nationally and internationally. 48e Nord International also develops a network of partners representing the mining ecosystem and promoting an integrated international offer (PULL).  

48e Nord International

70, avenue du Lac
Rouyn-Noranda, Qc
J9X 4N4
Phone: 819 762-4923
Fax: 819 762-3091



Éric Boucher, Executive Director and International Trade Commissioner

Éric Boucher

Executive Director and International Trade Commissioner
eric.boucher@48inter.com / 819 762-4923, ext. 242

48e Nord International
Region Abitibi-Témiscamingue

Special Skills

Eric Boucher holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue. He is a CPA with more than 15 years of experience in business development. He provided consulting services to various industries and was an entrepreneur in his own right in the real estate and mining sectors. With his vision and business-building skills, Eric Boucher supports the implementation of concrete and structuring international development projects for businesses.

Areas of Expertise

  • Strategic planning
  • International business development
  • Internal business management processes
  • Business plans and project management
  • Organization of trade missions
  • Trilingual: French, English and Spanish

Key Achievements

  • Founding and development of Forage Boréal, the most important private underground diamond drilling business in Canada
  • Management of a vertically integrated business group in the mining sector including manufacturing, equipment supply and services operations
  • Implementation of a joint venture with the Cree and Algonquin First Nations
  • Negotiation and management of world distribution agreements, strategic acquisitions and venture capital funding