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.

Trouvez votre expert à l'international

West Montreal
North Shore
East Montreal
Downtown Montréal
National Capital Region
Laurentian Region
Central Quebec
Gaspé-Magdalen Islands Region
Lower St. Lawrence
Commerce International Côte-Nord (CICôte-Nord) is the North Shore ORPEX (regional export promotion organization). The mission of Commerce international Côte-Nord is to support the growth of North Shore SMEs in partnership with local stakeholders by fostering higher export volumes through market diversification and the development of their export potential.

Commerce International Côte-Nord

625, boulevard Laflèche, bureau 312
Baie-Comeau, QC
G5C 1C5
Phone: 418 589-5028



Jean-François Ouellon, General Manager and International Trade Commissioner

Jean-François Ouellon

General Manager and International Trade Commissioner
jean-francois.ouellon@cicotenord.ca / 418 589-5028

Commerce International Côte-Nord
Region North Shore

Special Skills

Jean-François Ouellon holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management Sciences from Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM) with a major in Marketing and Advertising. He has over 10 years of experience as a business and economic development consultant in a wide range of sectors (i.e. forestry, non-timber forest products, mining, construction, transport, tourism, accommodations, food services, services, retail trade, etc.).

His approach is focused on the thorough analysis of businesses’ real needs and the genuine commitment of main stakeholders to provide businesses with creative, ground-breaking strategies and solutions that are tailored to their individual cultural, economic, social and environmental realities.

He has participated in several projects, including feasibility studies, business plans, strategic plans, market studies and communication-marketing plans, as well as in the start-up, restructuring and development of numerous businesses.

With his sense of creativity and innate communication skills, he is a key partner in terms of facilitating business model workshops, developing communication and promotional campaigns, and designing brand images and communication tools.

Jean-François has a fine command of French, English and Spanish and a remarkable expertise in First Nations matters.