Québec Mines + Énergie - November 18 to 21 2019 - Québec City Convention Center


Monday, November 16


Mines: Critical and Strategic Minerals Strategies in the United States and Europe: Where Does Québec Fit in?

Chairs: Démétri Doroftei (MERN) and Jocelyn Douhéret (SPN)

On 18 May 2018, the US Department of the Interior published a list of 35 minerals considered critical and strategic to the US economy due to lack of domestic production and foreign dependence. For the same reasons, the European Union (EU) followed suit and published on 3 September 2020, an updated list (the third since 2011) of 30 minerals that are critical and strategic to its members’ economies. Over this situation, Québec has realized the strong potential of its territory for these various substances.

In addition to identify resources that are critical to the US and European economies, what strategies will the US and the EU put in place to increase their resilience and diversify and secure their supplies of these raw materials? In light of these strategies, how should Québec position itself in the production, processing and recycling of these critical and strategic minerals? Together with Mr. Bernd Schäfer, Ms. Sarah Hasting-Simon and Ms. Nathalie Camden, we will try to answer these questions.

Jonatan JulienMERN

Sara Hastings-SimonPayne Institute for Public Policy, Colorado School of Mines

Bernd SchäferCEO and Managing Director of EIT Raw Materials

Nathalie Camden MERN

Jocelyn Douhéret Société du Plan Nord

Please note that these conferences will be offered in French, English and in its original format.


Critical and Strategic Minerals: from Metallogeny to Geometallurgy

Chairs: Marc Legault (UQAT) and Serge Perreault (SOQUEM)

For the past two decades, the major industrialized countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have been dependent on China for their supply of metals such as rare earths, magnesium, tungsten, antimony, bismuth, gallium and several other minerals such as fluorite and natural graphite. China’s dominance has forced some countries (Canada [including Québec], the United States, the European Union, Japan) to draw up lists of minerals and metals known as critical and strategic minerals and metals (CSMs) that are essential to the development of their high-tech and green energy industries. These various metals are extracted from different minerals in different metallogenic environments. Some are exploited as main mineral substances, while others are exclusively by-products. This conference session aims to address the metallogenic and geometallurgical environment of some of the CSMs that are so important in high-tech and green energy industries.

Benedikt Steiner Camborne School of Mines

Serge Perreault SOQUEM

Jean-François Boulanger IRME-UQAT

Marc Legault IRME-UQAT

Please note that these conferences will be offered in French, English and in its original format.

Tuesday, November 17


Electrification of our Economy and the Battery Sector

Chair: Maël Solen Picard (MERN)
Organization of the session: Chantal Gendron (MERN)

The Government of Québec has adopted a set of plans and strategies aimed at increasing the electrification of the economy. This electrification will accelerate energy transition and the deployment of a lithium battery industry for electric vehicles. Short- and medium-term solutions to fulfill Québec’s strategic electrification mission will be explored during this session.

Jonatan Julien MERN

Maël Solen PicardMERN

Hubert BolducInvestissement Québec

Luce Asselin MERN

Éric ThérouxMELCC

Sophie BrochuHydro-Québec

Karim Zhagib Investissement Québec

Pierre FitzgibbonMEI

Simon Thibault Propulsion Québec

Éric RondeauInvestissement Québec

BICHA NGOInvestissement Québec

Please note that these conferences will be offered in French only.


Upscaling Hydrogen and Bioenergy for a Better Decarbonisation

Chair: Jean-Michel Lavoie, Université de Sherbrooke
Organization of the session: Éric Léger (MERN) (1st part) and Philippe Thellen (MERN) (2nd part)

Québec is counting on increased use of hydrogen and bioenergy to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and meet its decarbonisation targets. Green hydrogen can play an essential role in the indirect electrification of Québec’s economy. Through the electrolysis of water and hydrogen technologies, it will be possible to run various types of vehicles, produce heat and store energy. This gas may even displace fossil hydrogen used in many industrial processes. Because of its great versatility, hydrogen can replace a significant proportion of fossil fuels in our energy balance. Bioenergy can thus help to replace fossil products in chemical processes, in the production of heat and electricity, but also in transport. Together, hydrogen and bioenergy will contribute to Québec’s sustainable energy transition.

Jean-Michel LavoieUniversity of Sherbrooke

Christian BélangerHydro-Québec (IREQ)

Nicolas JuneauMERN

Svetlana SolomykinaSociété du parc industriel et portuaire de Bécancour (SPIPB)

Simon BarnabéHydrogen Research Institute (IRH)

Bruna Rego De VasconcelosUniversity of Sherbrooke

Alexandru IordanSAF+

Jean VilleneuveElkem

Esteban ChornetCRB and Enerkem

Benoit ParéMontérégie Biomass Processing Centre

Jacky Bonnin Astrade (France)

Please note that these conferences will be offered in French only.

Wednesday, November 18


Mines: Geoscientific Knowledge Acquisition Work at MERN

Chair: François Leclerc (MERN)

Rock geologists will present their final Geological Bulletins completed following the summer 2019 work (Sirmiq Lake, Parent Lake and Amos projects), including all analytical results, prospective zones for mineral exploration as well as certain interpretations.

Preliminary results of the mapping project carried out in the summer of 2020 in the Girardville area (Grenville Province) will be presented as a preview. Quaternary geologists will unveil the prototype of the Quaternary Bulletin on the web (Otish project). Artificial intelligence processing of recent stream sediment reanalyses in the Matane area will also be discussed.

Marc-Antoine Vanier MERN

Mélanie BeaudetteMERN

Olivier LamarcheMERN

Pierre PiloteMERN

Mhamed El BourkiMERN

Fabien SolgadiMERN

Please note that these conferences will be offered in French only.


The CONSOREM: 20 Years of Innovation

Chair: Benoit Lafrance (CONSOREM) and Michel Jébrak (UQAM)

This conference session is intended to mark the 20th anniversary of the Consortium de recherche en exploration minérale (CONSOREM) by presenting some of the landmark research projects that have taken place since the organization was founded. Over the years, this applied research structure made up of industry, university and government members has been able to respond to the needs of the industry by carrying out innovative projects and by training and transferring knowledge to the geoscience community. This will therefore be an opportunity to discover or rediscover many of the tools and notable results developed by CONSOREM.

Michel JébrakUQAM

Réal DaigneaultUQAC

Sylvain TrépanierCONSOREM

Stéphane FaureInnovExplo

Dominique GennaUQAC-CONSOREM


Serge PerreaultSOQUEM

Benoit LafranceCONSOREM

Please note that these conferences will be offered in French only.