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About Expansion PME Montérégie Est

Expansion PME Montérégie Est Mission and Mandates

In an evolving society such as what currently characterizes Quebec, each region must work forces that make it a strong economic region. The economy is based primarily on companies that create, year after year, the wealth of the region.

The challenges that many entrepreneurs are faced with are numerous, regardless of the size of their business. In this context, Expansion PME contributes to the development and sustainability of these companies.

Expansion PME bases its interventions on three areas of development: international, innovation and bio-food. The main objective of the organization is to increase the competitiveness of companies in connection with these three axes of development.

Through the combination of services, Expansion PME works to develop projets and help companies grow. As such, Expansion PME uses its expertise and knowledge to support companies of the Montérégie East.

Expansion PME is the gateway to a multitude of services to assist you in developing your business.

The Eastern Montérégie Economic Region

Montérégie East is composed of 107 municipalities grouped in nine regional county municipalities (RCM), which are  Acton, Brome-Missisquoi, Le Haut-Richelieu, La Haute-Yamaska, Marguerite-D’Youville, Les Maskoutains, de Pierre-De Saurel, Rouville and La Vallée-du-Richelieu.

Economic profile of the Eastern Montérégie

Montérégie East boasts an enviable economic situation based on diversified economic activities, thousands of companies from all sectors and several centers of excellence.

The region extends over an area of 7361 km2 and 625 588 inhabitants (2011 statistics). According to the latest stats from the Institut de la statistique du Québec, the gross domestic product (GDP) of the Montérégie East totaled 18.9 billion dollars, which represents 6.6% of Quebec’s GDP.
The region has several notable advantages for businesses, whether it is the diversity of economic activities, the proximity to major cities and a good balance between agricultural areas, urban and recreation.

RCMs making up the Montérégie East can count on the presence of several manufacturing companies in wide range of areas such as food, textiles, paper and furniture. Each RCM is however characterized by a dominant industry.

  • RMC de Pierre-De Saurel (Sorel-Tracy) is characterized by the steel industry and metal products,
  • RMCs La Haute-Yamaska (Granby) and Le Haut-Richelieu (Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu) by electrical and electronic products,
  • RCM Les Maskoutains (Saint-Hyacinthe) for bio-food industry,
  • RMC Marguerite D’Youville by the energy sector, nanotechnology and petrochemicals,
  • Acton, Brome-Missisquoi, Rouville and La Vallée-du-Richelieu, by the presence of the agricultural sector.

Board of directors

Expansion PME board of Directors is composed of nine entrepreneurs working in areas related to our three areas of organizational development, as well as three Montérégie East CLD representatives, two CRÉ Montérégie East representatives and two government representatives.

The board of Directors consists of twelve voting members (Two seats are currently vacant) and four non-voting members. These people ensure business development in the region through the implementation of the annual action plan of the organization.


Nicolas Thuot
Executive director
Équiparc Manufacturiers d’Équipements de Parcs Inc.
Haut-Richelieu RMC’s companies representative


Claude Trottier
President and CEO
Brome Lake Ducks
Brome-Missisquoi RCM’s companies representative


Jean-Pierre Salvas
Fromage Polyethnique
Pierre-De Saurel RCM’s companies representative


Manon Roger
Executive director
CLD de La Vallée-du-Richelieu
Montérégie East CLD representative


Stéphane Carrier
President and CEO
Natur+L XTD
Les Maskoutains RMC’s companies representative

Guy Côté
Tuba and Techno-Fab

Laurent Denis
Denis Cimaf
Acton RCM’s companies representative

Arthur Fauteux
Brome-Missisquoi RMC
CRÉ Montérégie East representative

Sylvie Lacroix
Executive director
Conseil économique du Haut-Richelieu (CLD)
Montérégie East CLD representative

Raymond Ouellette
Novatech Group
Marguerite-D’Youville RMC’s companies representative


Sylvain Berthiaume
Executive director
CLD Marguerite D’Youville
Montérégie East CLD representative

Paul Duchesneau
Minister of Finance and the Economy

 Jean-Pierre Lessard
Executive director
Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation eu Québec (MAPAQ)

 Nathalie Ward
Executive director
CRÉ Montérégie East

Under the authority of the Board of Directors of Expansion PME Montérégie Est, the Executive Director plans, directs, and supervises all activities related to services, internal and external outreach, and the general administration of the organization.


Isabelle Bittar

Isabelle Bittar has been working in international trade since 1999 and specializes in international market development for SMBs. As head of regional export promotion organizations for 11 years, she recently assisted companies during trade and ministerial missions in the United Arab Emirates, France and Brazil.

A graduate of Concordia University (BCom, International Business, 1999), she has been executive director of Expansion PME since 2009. She is also president of a supervisory board in Montérégie and teaches college-level administration courses.

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