CAEQ Structure

Located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, the CAEQ has a 9-member Executive Board. It is also made up of an accreditation committee consisting of five experts and a staff who is trained to meet certification bodies' needs and requests.

Executive Board

The CAEQ Executive Board (the “Board”) oversees all the reference manuals, internal regulations, and policies that govern the organization’s activities. It reviews and adopts those documents. It also receives the reports and recommendations of the Accreditation Committee concerning the accreditation of certification bodies having joined the CAEQ accreditation program. It makes decisions about granting, extending and renewing the accreditation. It also decides whether the accreditation should be reduced, suspended or withdrawn in Quebec.

The Board is composed of members representing the various sectors of the agriculture and agro-food industry and sitting on the Conseil des appellations réservées et des termes valorisants (CARTV). The procedure leading to their appointment is provided for in article 12 of an Act Respecting Reserved Designations and Added-Value Claims. The information in parentheses gives the sector which nominated the individual.

The Board is comprised of the following persons:

  • Jean Joly (producers of products that contain alcohol);
  • Kasey Moctezuma (certification bodies);
  • Christine Jean (processors);
  • Michel Bonenfant (distributors);
  • Sylvie Martel (producers);
  • Quebec government : vacant position ;
  • Pierre Alexandre Blouin (retailers);
  • François Décary (consumers);
  • Pascale Tremblay, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Accreditation Committee

The CAEQ’s recommendations to competent authorities are the result of decisions made by the Accreditation Committee, which is made up of the following individuals:

  • Danielle Brault, Chairwoman
  • Julie Fréchette
  • Stéphane Gagnon
  • Rachel Agricole
  • François Lambert
  • François Décary (CARTV observer)


The CAEQ’s Secretariat is made up of the following individuals:

  • Vincent Vilela, Accreditation Director
  • Naira Mkrtchyan, Quality Assurance Officer
  • Jeannine Okmeni, Conformity Evaluation Officer

Experts and consultants are convened as needed.

Naira, Vincent, Jeannine