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Wednesday, November 23, 2022 – afternoon

The new frontiers of nickel exploration in Québec

Chair

Michel G. Houlé

MERN

Co-chair and session organizer

Patrice Roy

MERN

This session is offered in both French and English.

The energy transition taking place in Canada and elsewhere in the world, combined with the uncertain global geopolitical situation with the war in Ukraine, Russia being one of the world’s main nickel producers, has propelled nickel prices to levels not seen in more than a decade. Québec has been contributing close to one-fifth of Canada’s nickel production since the opening of the Raglan mine in 1997-1998 and the Nunavik Nickel mine in 2010 in the Cape Smith Belt. The presence of this world-class nickel district and the abundance of prospective mafic to ultramafic units suggest that Québec’s territory offers excellent nickel potential that has not yet been explored in many geological provinces. Thus, Québec could take advantage of the prospective economic context for nickel exploration on its territory, but also for other critical minerals associated with the same geological units (e.g., Cu, Co, PGE, Mg, Sc, Te, Ti and V). This session will present the latest advances in knowledge focused on nickel exploration as well as the new frontiers of exploration for this mineral in Québec.

1:30 p.m.

Opening of the session