About

The Montérégie-Ouest Team

Our clients are supported by a multidisciplinary team of professionals dedicated to their development - and success - on international markets.

  • Ms. Marina Lopes Lins

    International junior advisor

    Marina Lins starts at Commerce International Québec Montérégie-Ouest (CIQMO) in 2019 as an export advisor junior (internship). Ms. Lins recently graduated from the Master's Program in International Studies at University of Montréal and worked as an assistant advisor in the ORPEX of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal.

    In Brazil, Ms. Lins has four years of experience in international business, which has allowed her to develop various fields of expertise, including consulting, project management and the development of international markets. Also, Ms. Lins has worked for the entertainment giant, Walt Disney World, Florida, through which she received customer service training.

    Ms. Lins has a DEC in international business in Brazil, two certificates in business administration from Daytona Stage College in Florida and a law degree in Brazil, allowing her to practice in that country.

    In addition, Ms. Lins is fluent in Portuguese, English, French and Spanish.

    P 450-507-3338 / Cel. 514-951-5575
    m.lins@ciqmo.ca

  • Mr. Armando Padilla-Zarco

    International trade advisor

    Mr. Padilla-Zarco has been an international market development specialist for more than 15 years. He studied international business at the European Business School in Lyon, France, and received an International Business Development (AEC) degree from Collège Saint- Lawrence.

    Mr. Padilla-Zarco has developed various fields of expertise in his area such as: organizing and executing several trade missions abroad, implementing projects for the international marketing of products and services, opening doors to new markets and customers outside of Quebec, as well as promoting strategic alliances facilitating international projects, be it in Europe or in Latin America, and especially in Mexico.

    Mr. Padilla-Zarco is fluent in Spanish, French and English.

    P 450-507-3338 / Cel. 514-291-3123
    a.padilla@ciqmo.ca

  • Mrs. Lourdes Fretes

    Excecutive Director and International Commissioner

    Lourdes Fretes began her career at Commerce International Québec Montérégie-Ouest (CIQMO) as Senior Export Consultant in 2009.  In 2014 she was promoted to the position of Development Director and International Commissioner before becoming the Executive Director of the organism in 2018.

    Specializing in consulting, international markets, sales, entrepreneurship and sales channel creation for more than 20 years, Mrs. Fretes holds a university education in Computer Science and Sales and Marketing, an International Business Seminar from Sherbrooke and an ASP in launching a company of the Ministry of Education of Quebec.

    Mrs. Fretes has developed various fields of expertise, among others, in: assisting manufacturing companies in their international business development, identifying business opportunities and obtaining financial support for the realization of international projects, training, seminars and missions abroad planning, buyers' receptions, etc. 

    Mrs. Fretes is fluent in Spanish, French, English, Portuguese and Guarani.

    P 450-507-3338 / Cel. 438-870-5484
    l.fretes@ciqmo.ca