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
ExMO is the regional export promotion agency (ORPEX) for the West of the Island of Montreal. This front-line support helps compagnies develop new export markets.


  • Information and training sessions (see Calendar)
  • Custom export consulting services for companies

Consulting Services

  • Export readiness diagnostic (free)
  • Market analysis and selection
  • Market study and strategic export business plan
  • Customer/distributor/agent network development
  • Preparation for export business trips and/or trade shows
  • And more...

Export Montréal Ouest

710, rue St-Germain
St-Laurent, QC
H4L 3R5

Phone: 514 855-5757
Fax: 514 855-5739



Lydia Cappelli, Export Trade Commissioner

Lydia Cappelli

Export Trade Commissioner
lydia.cappelli@destl.ca / 514 855-6000, ext. 4819

Export Montréal Ouest
Region West Montreal

Special Skills

  • United States, Europe
  • Manufacturing sector and advanced technologies

Lydia Cappelli has a solid track record of more than 20 years in various industries, including aerospace and information technologies. At Deloitte, Bombardier and then Montréal International, she promoted the region to American and European investors. With DESTL since 2013, she met often with Saint-Laurent entrepreneurs as industrial commissioner and, since 2015, she has been responsible for export services management.

Areas of Expertise

  • Carrying out market/feasibility studies and export plans for various products and services
  • Organizing trade fair participation
  • Developing online marketing strategies and website optimization
Xavier Paillon, Export Trade Consultant

Xavier Paillon

Export Trade Consultant
xavier.paillon@destl.ca / 514 855-6000, x 4839

Export Montréal Ouest
Region West Montreal

Special Skills

  • United States, Europe, Maghreb
  • Manufacturing sector and telecom companies

Xavier Paillon gained extensive experience as a developer in various industrial sectors in Europe and the United States. He worked for 14 years in sales and marketing with AT&T and BT Concert (in Europe, the Middle East and Africa). As director of operations for Export Vision, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, he helped European companies set up in the U.S. Mr. Paillon is a lecturer in International Trade at HEC Montréal since 2011.

Areas of Expertise

  • Carrying out market/feasibility studies and export plans for various products and services
  • Identifying partners (buyers, distributors, integrators) and setting up meetings in target countries
  • International financing