Our clients are supported by a multidisciplinary team of professionals dedicated to their development - and success - on international markets.
Mrs. Maria de 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.
Mr. Guoqing Yang
Holding a master's degree in business administration and another master's degree in management and marketing, Mr. Guoqing Yang has been part of the CIQMO team as an International Advisor since 2021.
Through his positions based in Asia, Africa and Europe, he has more than 15 years of experience as an international project manager.
The aim of Guoqing is to support companies in the Montérégie West region by providing them with accessible relevant services so they can position themselves at an advantage on the international scene.
In addition to his mother tongue, Mandarin, he speaks English, French and Arabic.
Mr. Armando Padilla-Zarco
International Development 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.
Mrs. Tiguidanké Touré
Communication and International Support Advisor
Having completed her four-month internship at CIQMO, Tiguidanké Touré joins the team as an assistant communications advisor.
Holding a bachelor’s degree in Communication-Minor in International Development from the University of Quebec in Outaouais, Mrs. Touré also holds a Certificate in Public Communication. She also has experience in organizational volunteering, customer service, recruitment for activities and communication, assets that she is keen to put to work for the benefit of the growth of businesses in the region of the Montérégie-Ouest.
Originally from Guinea, Ms. Touré has an in-depth knowledge of the reality of the African continent as well as the different cultures and business cultures.
Members of the CIQMO Board of Directors
Mr. Robert Elhen - Chairman of the Board of Directors
Ms. Josée Bilodeau - Vice-President of the Board of Directors
Position to be filled - secretary and treasurer
Mr. Éric Dugas - administrator
Mr. Don Keddy - administrator
Mr. Simon Rinella - administrator
Mr. Joël Lessard - administrator
Mr. Apollinaire Ganlaky - observer administrator
Mrs. Lourdes Fretes - observer administrator