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Michel Audet General Delegate Bruxelles
+32 (0) 2 549 59 16 michel.audet@mri.gouv.qc.ca Biography
Michel Audet took up his duties as Québec General Delegate in Brussels on December 1, 2014. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Audet was Deputy Minister at the Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie. He was also the Commissioner General of the French Language World Forum held in Québec City in 2012.

From 2007 to 2011, Mr. Audet was the first Québec Government representative at UNESCO. Earlier, he was a full professor in the Department of Industrial Relations in Université Laval’s Faculty of Social Sciences and served as director of the Francophone Centre for the Computerization of Organizations (CEFRIO), as well as of the Institute for Information technologies and Societies (IITS), and of the Institute for Advanced International Studies (HEI).
Line Beauchamp General Delegate Paris
+33 (0) 1 40 67 85 13 qc.paris@mri.gouv.qc.ca Biography
Line Beauchamp was appointed General Delegate for the Québec Government Office in Paris on May 18, 2016 and took up her duties on August 22, 2016. At the time of her appointment, she had been working as the Québec Government representative within the Permanent Delegation of Canada to UNESCO since September 10, 2014. Prior to that, she had been working as a strategic consultant in private practice since 2013.

Elected to the National Assembly of Québec in 1998, Ms. Beauchamp held a number of important positions within the Government of Québec. She served as Minister of Culture and Communications from 2003 to 2007, Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks from 2007 to 2010, Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports from 2010 to 2012 and Deputy Premier of Québec from 2011 to 2012.

Prior to her political career, she served as Director of Info-croissance, a consumer protection association, from 1987 to 1991; Executive Director for CIBL-FM, a French-language community radio station, from 1991 to 1993; and Executive Director for Pro-Est, a corporation that fosters socio-economic promotion and dialogue in East Montréal, from 1993 to 1998.

Line Beauchamp was awarded the insignia of Commander of the Order of La Pléiade, an Order of the Francophonie and Dialogue of Cultures, by the Parliamentary Assembly of La Francophonie (APF). She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Université de Montréal.
Thais Aun Acting director Sao Paulo
+55 (11) 5509-4321 thais.aun@international.gc.ca Biography
Thais Aun was appointed Acting Director of the Québec Government Office in São Paulo in September 2015 where she has been serving as Economic Attachée since 2014.

Prior to that, she has held a number of positions both in Brazil and Canada, including the Consulate General of Canada in São Paulo, the Canadian Education Center in São Paulo and Niagara College Canada.

Ms. Aun graduated in Public Relations and Business Administration - Marketing from Niagara College in Ontario, Canada.
Johanne Desnoyers Acting Delegate General Mexico
+52 (55) 1100-4338 qc.mexico@mri.gouv.qc.ca Biography
Louise Fortin Director Atlanta
404 584-2995 louise.fortin@mri.gouv.qc.ca Biography
Louise Fortin, originally from Saguenay—Lac-Saint-Jean, joined the Québec Trade Office in Atlanta in 1978. From 1989 to 1997, she joined the Consulate of France in Atlanta as a trade attaché. She rejoined the Québec Trade Office in Atlanta in 1997 and has been there ever since. Since June 2014, she has been serving as Director of the Office.

During her career, Ms. Fortin has been involved in promoting Québec’s key industry sectors and has organized innumerable trade missions to the South, all with the goal of fostering closer relationships with state, regional and municipal organizations, facilitating potential partnerships, promoting exports and showcasing Québec’s expertise and best practices.

Ms. Fortin has an extensive network throughout the South and is presently on the Board of Directors of the International Society of the Technology Association of Georgia. She has been involved in many organisations throughout the years: founder and president of the Francophonie Association of Georgia, former board member of the Clifton Corridor Council (now Georgia Bio), former board member of Women in Technology, founder and member of the Foreign Trade Representatives Group/Atlanta and board member of the World Trade Center. She received an Honorary Degree in International Affairs from Mercer University in 1990.
Marie-Claude Francoeur Delegate Boston
+1 617 482-1193 marie-claude.francoeur@mri.gouv.qc.ca Biography
Marie-Claude Francoeur was appointed the Québec Government Delegate in Boston in May 2014.This is her second term in Boston.

Ms. Francoeur formerly served as the Assistant Deputy Minister for Policies, Multilateral and Francophone Affairs and as Acting Chief of Protocol, from 2011 to 2012, at the Québec Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie.

Ms. Francoeur was also Chief of Staff for the Québec Minister of Transportation and the Minister of Labour. Throughout her career, Ms. Francoeur has worked to shape and promote Québec’s policies on climate change, labor, transportation, energy and francophonie, both at home and internationally.

Ms. Francoeur holds masters’ degrees in both public administration and international relations from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in applied sciences from Laval University in Québec and a certificate in advanced management from the McGill Executive Institute. Ms. Francoeur has also completed the Senior Managers in Government program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Éric Marquis Delegate Chicago
312 645-0395 eric.marquis@mri.gouv.qc.ca Biography
Eric Marquis began his mandate as Québec Government Delegate in Chicago on October 31, 2011.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Marquis was Director for Asia-Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, at the Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie du Québec.

A graduate from the University of Victoria in British Columbia and Concordia University in Montréal, he taught American history and American foreign policy in various Québec universities.

Mr. Marquis has been working for the Québec government since 1999, and his work has generally focused on Québec-United States relations. He has held a number of positions both in Québec and abroad, including a three-year mandate as Director of the Québec Government Office in Washington from 2004 to 2007.
Elizabeth MacKay Delegate Los Angeles
310 824-4173 Elizabeth.Mackay@mri.gouv.qc.ca Biography
Elizabeth MacKay was appointed Delegate for the Québec Government Office in Los Angeles, responsible for the Western US in September 2015. Ms. MacKay is also responsible for the Québec Trade Office in Silicon Valley since its opening, in October 2015. Previously, she held the position of State Director - Deputy Director - Québec Region at the Ministry of Finance. During her 30-year career, mainly in the public sector, she managed several organizations. She also has nearly a decade of experience as Chief of Staff and Assistant Deputy Minister in many departments.

As a graduate in communications, Ms. MacKay adds to her expertise recognized leadership along with a strong ability to seize strategic and policy issues. Her professional skills enable her to defend Québec's interests in her territory including promoting partnerships for the fight against climate change and to support trade between Québec and the Western US.
Jean-Claude Lauzon Delegate General New York
212 843-0950 jean-claude.lauzon@mri.gouv.qc.ca Biography
Before assuming his duties as Delegate General in December 2014, Jean-Claude Lauzon worked as an industrial psychologist and corporate director.

From 1974 to 1980, he was a director at Rourke, Bourbonnais & Associates. He then joined the prestigious Ernst & Young firm where he held the positions of managing partner of technology services, managing partner of consulting services, and vice president. He remained at Ernst & Young until 2003, when he became a head hunter for the Montréal office of the internationally recognized company Korn Ferry.

Mr. Lauzon was also a member of an advisory committee of the Québec Manufacturing Fund, and served as President of the World Confederation of Productivity Science and Vice President of the Montréal Heart Institute Foundation’s Board of Directors.

In 1988, he received the Noël-Mailloux Award in recognition of his contribution to the development of psychology. It is the highest distinction given by the Ordre des psychologues du Québec.
Frédéric Tremblay Director Washington
202 659-8990 Frederic.tremblay@mri.gouv.qc.ca Biography
Frédéric Tremblay was appointed Director of the Québec Government Office in Washington on February 20, 2015. Mr. Tremblay holds a graduate degree in public management, a master’s in political science and a B.A. in political communications. He started his career with the Québec Ministère des Relations Internationales et de la Francophonie in 2006 as a Communications Advisor at the Online Services Division.

He subsequently held the position of International Relations Advisor at the North America Division from 2008 to 2011. Mr. Tremblay continued his work at the Ministère as Public and Government Affairs Advisor at the Québec Government Office in Los Angeles starting in 2012.

Frédéric Tremblay was previously employed by the Secrétariat à la jeunesse (Youth Secretariat), which is under the authority of the Premier and is part of the Ministère du Conseil exécutif du Québec. He also gained experience in journalism at La Presse and Le Nouvelliste dailies, where he dealt with subjects focusing on political, economic and cultural issues.
Claire Deronzier General Delegate Tokyo
+81 03 5733 4001 claire.deronzier@mri.gouv.qc.ca Biography
Claire Deronzier has been the Québec Delegate General in Tokyo since August 2013. She has been President of the Council for the Promotion of La Francophonie in Japan, a group of ambassadors from member countries and states of La Francophonie, since March 2016. She had served as its Vice President, since 2013.

During her career, she has held various positions in Québec’s senior public service. As Assistant Deputy Minister for Integration at the Ministère de l’Immigration et des Communautés culturelles, she oversaw the development of public policies on immigrant integration and diversity management as well as the implementation of the Québec-France Agreement on the Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications with regulatory bodies.

She subsequently coordinated land-use development and planning activities for the Montréal metropolitan area as Assistant Deputy Minister for the Metropolital Region at the Ministère des Affaires municipales des Régions et de l’Occupation du territoire. As Assistant Deputy Minister for Immigration, she was in charge of modernizing immigration services in Québec and abroad in the competitive context of growing international mobility and Québec’s labour market needs.

Ms. Deronzier is a Certified Corporate Director (ASC). She has received a number awards and mentions in the communications field during her career. She was a finalist for the 2015 Prix Femmes d’affaires du Québec in the Public or Parapublic Organization category.
Jean-François Lépine Director of Québec’s government offices in China Beijing - Shanghai - Qingdao
10 5139 4000 Jean-Francois.Lepine@international.gc.ca Biography
Jean-François Lépine is an eminent journalist who is now Director of Québec Government offices in China. Before moving to Shanghai, he was an international analyst, speaker and associate in communication and government affairs at Avistra International Inc.

Until November 2015, he was also chair of the Middle Eastern and North African Observatory (Observatoire sur le Moyen-Orient et l’Afrique du Nord/OMAN) at the Université du Québec à Montréal and a member of Montréal International’s Board of Directors. He was a foreign correspondent for CBC/Radio-Canada in Beijing, Paris and Jerusalem from 1982 to 1990 and is recognized as an exceptional analyst and communicator.

From 1990 to 2013, he hosted several popular public affairs television programs on CBC/Radio-Canada, including Enjeux, Le Point, Zone libre and the international magazine Une heure sur terre, which also aired on TV5 Monde.

His outstanding work both as a reporter and TV show host has been recognized by numerous awards. In June 2012, he was appointed Officer of the Order of Canada. That same year, he also received the Raymond Charette Prize awarded by the Québec Superior Council of the French Language.
Dominic Marcotte Director Mumbai
+91 22 6749 4444 Dominic.Marcotte@international.gc.ca Biography
Dominic Marcotte became Director of the Québec Government Office in Mumbai in late summer 2016. He had previously been serving as the Director of Economic Affairs at the Québec Government Office in Tokyo since August 2013.

In 2010, he was in charge of overseeing ministerial missions on behalf of the Ministère du Développement économique, de l’Innovation et de l’Exportation. He managed nearly a dozen economic ministerial missions to the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Upon graduating from Université Laval in 1998, where he earned a B.A. in public communication, Mr. Marcotte worked as a communications adviser at various departments and agencies in Québec’s public service. In 2003, he was Director of Outreach and Communication for the Théâtre des Confettis, where he dealt primarily with national and international market development. In that capacity, he helped organize tours in Québec, France, Hong Kong, Japan and Germany.
Chungyoll Yoo Representative Séoul
+82 2 3703 7700 ChungYoll.Yoo@mri.gouv.qc.ca Biography
Chungyoll Yoo was born in Chungchong Province, South Korea. He holds a B.A. in French literature from the University in South Korea. He worked for a number of years as marketing director at Lancôme (cosmetics) in Seoul.

In 1991, Mr. Yoo was recruited by the Government of Québec to serve as Commercial Attaché for the Québec Government. In April, 1997, he was officially named representative of the Government of Québec in Korea.
Claude Trudelle General Delegate Munich
+49 (0) 89 25 54 931 12 Claude.Trudelle@mri.gouv.qc.ca Biography
Claude Trudelle was appointed Québec Delegate General in Munich, Germany, on December 18, 2014. At the time of his appointment, Mr. Trudelle was the acting Chargé d’Affaires at the Québec Government Office in Munich.

Mr. Trudelle holds a Master’s Degree in international relations. He became Director of the Québec Trade Office in Berlin in summer 2013, in addition to serving as acting Chargé d’Affaires in Munich since August 15, 2014. This marked a return to Germany for Mr. Trudelle since he had served as Public Affairs and Cooperation Advisor at the Québec Government Office in Munich from 2001 to 2006 and Director of the Québec Trade Office in Berlin from 2006 to 2008. During his years of service at the Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie, and between his mandates abroad, he held the position of Assistant Director of Analyses after having served as Chief of the Political Analysis and Security Issues Branch at the Directorate of Economic and Political Analysis Service.
Alfons Calderón Director Barcelone
+34 93 476 42 58 Alfons.Calderon@mri.gouv.qc.ca Biography
On March 25, 2014, Alfons Calderón Riera became Director of the Québec Government Office in Barcelona, where he has been serving as economic affairs attaché since 1999. Prior to that, he gained professional experience at the Catalonia Office of Foreign Investment, the ESADE Business School and the Commercial Office of the Spanish Embassy in Paris.

In the academic field, Mr. Calderón was a research fellow and taught courses on management, trade and international relations. He is regularly invited to speak at various venues, has co-authored several books and published numerous articles.

Mr. Calderón holds a degree in business science and an MBA from ESADE as well as a degree in business administration from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. He also earned a Master’s degree in International Management from the Community of European Management Schools (CEMS).  
Maxime Carrier-Légaré Delegate Paris
01 40 67 85 30 Maxime.Carrier-Legare@mri.gouv.qc.ca Biography
Maxime Carrier-Légaré has been the Québec Delegate for Francophone and Multilateral Affairs in Paris since April 18, 2017.

Before his appointment, Mr. Carrier-Légaré served as advisor at the Québec Government Office in Paris, where he had been since 2016. While in this position he helped organize the Québec-UNESCO Conference entitled “Internet and the radicalization of youth: preventing, acting and living together,” which was held from October 30 to November 1, 2016.

Maxime Carrier-Légaré worked as a parliamentary official at the National Assembly of Québec starting in 2008, and was seconded in 2011 to the General Secretariat of the Parliamentary Assembly of La Francophonie (APF), where he oversaw the organization’s Political Committee. His mandate at APF also allowed him to gain expertise in parliamentary development. He put this expertise to use to design programs for the legislative institutions of countries emerging from crisis and in transition to democracy and also to act as a consultant, including for the United Nations Development Programme and various development agencies.

Mr. Carrier-Légaré studied political science at Université Laval and the Lille Institute of Political Studies in France. He also received training in parliamentary organization and administration at Senghor University in Alexandria.
Marianna Simeone Delegate Rome
+39 06 4203 4501 marianna.simeone@mri.gouv.qc.ca Biography
In January 2017, Marianna Simeone was appointed Québec delegate in Rome. 
 
An accomplished journalist, host, and columnist on television and radio, she began her career in international trade.
 
For 14 years Marianna was head of the Italian Chamber of Commerce of Montréal. Under her leadership, the organization became the largest of the eight accredited Italian chambers of commerce in North America.  Marianna opened the Vancouver and Québec City offices, was the driving force behind the creation of the NAFTA board of Italian chambers of commerce, and founded a business development office in Milan in partnership with the Government of Québec.  
 
From the business world, Marianna moved into the news and media, where for over 12 years she was a host and columnist on television and radio for leading English and French networks in Montréal, including CBC News and Radio-Canada. A trilingual journalist, she also hosted her own news show in Italian for Canwest Media.
 
To put her media experience to work for numerous international organizations in Montréal, Marianna founded MS Média, a communications and public relations firm she headed up for several years before moving into public service.
 
Marianna is a member of the board of directors of Concordia University, Foundation Santa Cabrini, and the Montreal Port Authority. She is also a trustee of the Canadian Museum of History and the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, for which she sat on the building committee. 
 
A knight of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic and Gladiatore d’Oro of the province of Benevento, Marianna has received numerous journalism awards, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, and the Women of Distinction Award from the Montréal Women’s Y Foundation.
Christos Sirros Agent-General Londres
+44 (0) 20 7766 5900 christos.sirros@mri.gouv.qc.ca Biography
Christos Sirros took up his functions as Québec’s Agent-General in London on 1 December, 2014. Prior to this, Mr. Sirros was Québec’s Agent-General in Brussels, from 2004 to 2012, during the negotiations of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union.

Mr. Sirros was a member of the Québec National Assembly from 1981 to 2003 and served as Minister for Health and Social Services, Minister for Native Affairs and Minister of Natural Resources. He was also awarded the title of Commander of the Ordre de la Pléiade.
Julie Miville-Dechêne Representative Représentation du Québec au sein de la Délégation permanente du Canada auprès de l'UNESCO
+ 33 (0) 1 44 43 25 90 julie.miville-dechene@international.gc.ca Biography
Julie Miville-Dechêne has been the Québec Government Representative in the Permanent Delegation of Canada to UNESCO since August 22, 2016. She previously served a five-year term as President of the Council on the Status of Women. In that capacity, Ms. Miville-Dechêne advised the government in addition to heading and contributing to numerous research reports on gender equality issues, including prostitution, “honour”-based violence and surrogate mothers. Prior to presiding over the Council on the Status of Women, Ms. Miville-Dechêne was a journalist at Radio-Canada, the Canadian public radio and television broadcaster, for over 25 years. She was a television news service and public affairs program correspondent in Washington, Toronto, Ottawa and Montréal consecutively. She ended her career in the media when she was appointed ombudsman for Radio-Canada in 2007. She was the first woman to hold this prestigious position.

Ms. Miville-Dechêne is the recipient of the Reconnaissance UQÀM Award, the Raymond-Charette Award for the exceptional quality of her French in broadcast journalism and the New York Festivals Award for her report on children and terrorism, Les enfants et le terrorisme.

She also holds a Master’s Degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York, a graduate degree in conflict prevention and resolution from Université de Sherbrooke, and a Bachelor’s Degree in political science from Université du Québec à Montréal.
Daniel Dignard Director Houston
832 622-7762 Daniel.Dignard@mri.gouv.qc.ca Biography
Daniel Dignard has worked for the last 20 years in international business development helping Québec companies expand into foreign markets. He headed the economic services of the Québec Government Office in Munich from 2000 to 2002 and the Québec Government Office in Tokyo from 2006 to 2009. Before heading up the Québec Trade Office in Houston, he did a four-year stint as coordinator of promotional operations for Export Québec in a broad range of economic sectors.

Mr. Dignard studied economics and international relations at Université du Québec à Montréal, the Paris Institute of Political Studies and the Pushkin Institute in Moscow. He received distinguished research scholarships under the Canadian programs of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and National Defence.
Younes Mihoubi Director Dakar
+221 33 849 82 17 qc.dakar@mri.gouv.qc.ca Biography
Younes Mihoubi was appointed Director of the Québec Government Office in Dakar on April 19, 2016, and assumed his responsibilities in summer 2016.

Mr. Mihoubi had been the Assistant Deputy Minister for Administration and Transformation at the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion since 2013. Over the course of his thirty-year career, he has held several executive positions in the public service and directed the Québec Immigration Office in Hong Kong from 2012 to 2013.

Mr. Mihoubi holds a Master’s Degree in economics from the Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, in France. He has extensive knowledge of international economic issues and is a Certified Corporate Director (ASC). He has been a member of the Board of Directors and Audit Committee of the École nationale de l’administration publique since 2015. In light of his professional expertise and leadership skills, he has all the qualities needed to head our new office in Dakar.

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