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Québec Exploration 2007:
The Right Place to Explore!

The fifth annual Québec Exploration event, which will be held from November 26 to 29, 2007, at the Château Frontenac in Québec, will undoubtedly be one of the most impressive geological and mining events in Canada in recent years. The organizing committee, always striving to stay at the leading edge of geological and mining information, has put together a fascinating program.

Internationally known speakers

Under the honorary chairmanship of Mr. Ian Pearce, Chief Executive Officer of Xstrata Nickel, Québec Exploration 2007 will be offering a program of high quality technical sessions with internationally known specialists, including Jim Franklin, Langhorne Smith, Michel Gauthier and C.F. Jefferson. Topics will include:

copper exploration in Abitibi, the birth of new mining camps in the Baie-James territory;
promising discoveries;
uranium’s “gamma effect” on exploration;
the emergence of a new oil and gas exploration region in Québec.

Lets talk finance and investment

The financial side of mineral exploration will be thoroughly explored during a special session on mining investment. Specialists Paul Van Eeden, Chad Williams, David and Eric Coffin will give their opinions about the state of investments in exploration and answer your questions. In addition, as part of the Exploration/Investment Forum, exploration and service companies will inform you about their activities and new discoveries in promotional presentations.

A first look at results

Québec Exploration is where the results of work by geologists of the Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune (MRNF), the Geological Survey of Canada and other research institutions are presented. These results will be communicated in the form of technical sessions and posters. This is also a unique opportunity to get inside information about the most recent discoveries by MRNF geologists.

This year, for the first time, considering the huge amount of geological information to be presented, posters will be exhibited on a rotating basis. New posters will therefore be on display every day.

Come improve your knowledge base

Québec Exploration 2007 also offers workshops and interactive sessions on current scientific, environmental and financial topics, such as volcanogenic massive sulphides (Jim Franklin) or “The Mining Environment: from Exploration to Mining”.

Something new again this year

Québec Exploration is innovating by organizing a half-day open house. The goal of this initiative is to get the general public— especially young people, students and the academic community—interested in mining activity.

The Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune and the Québec Mineral Exploration Association are inviting you to join 150 exhibitors, 60 speakers and 1 500 delegates at Québec Exploration 2007.

Visit the Québec Exploration Website and register today!

Québec Exploration 2007 is inviting the public!

November 29th
Starting at 12:30 p.m.

Québec Exploration is issuing a special invitation to the public—especially young people—to meet its exhibitors, attend speaker sessions or take part in the interactive session on the role of geosciences in sustainable development and ecosystem preservation.

General public and investors component

Mining industry stakeholders realize that the public still finds the field of mineral exploration very mysterious. The organizers of Québec Exploration 2007 have therefore decided to get actively involved in demystifying the mineral world for the general public. Visitors will be able to attend several workshops, visit the trade show and the geoscience exhibit, and take part in the Exploration/Investment Forum. The Forum provides a unique opportunity to hear about the most recent recommendations and forecasts by mineral investment specialists and to attend several presentations by mineral exploration and oil and gas exploration companies and service providers.

Educational component

The mineral industry is currently experiencing a significant shortage of qualified workers, despite very interesting salaries and a context highly favourable to mineral exploration in Québec. Investments in the industry are at a record high, and there is no sign of any decrease. However, young people are hesitating to opt for this exciting, adventure-filled career. This may be due to a lack of publicity and information and to a negative view of careers in the mineral sector in the academic community.

Québec Exploration is therefore proud to inform school groups about mineral exploration. This is the ideal opportunity to present the industry’s role and make young people aware of the many careers available in the mineral sector. On the agenda: mineralogical exhibition, diamond workshop, geology for everyone, and more!

In attendance:

The Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune
The Geological Survey of Canada
The Association minière du Québec
Laval University
The Canadian Diamond Business Development Center
And many companies!

Guided tours will also be organized for school groups.

Let your friends and coworkers know about this activity. Admission is free!

The day’s schedule is available on the Québec Exploration 2007 Website.

Additional geoscience programming
New regional geochemical and geophysical surveys

Sylvain Lacroix, Director
Bureau de l'exploration géologique du Québec
Géologie Québec directorate

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The Bureau de l’exploration géologique du Québec (BEGQ) is hereby presenting four additional geoscience projects (nos. 12 to 15) which it is planning to carry out in Québec before spring 2008 (map in PDF format). These consist of four new regional geochemical and geophysical surveys, in addition to the eleven geoscience projects presented in the May 2007 issue of Québec mines.

A lake-bottom-sediment survey (no. 12), initially proposed by stakeholders of the Côte-Nord administrative region, will cover the southwestern sector of the Sept-Rivières RCM, immediately north of Sept-Îles. The goal of this survey is to identify new exploration targets likely to promote mineral exploration in this area of the Grenville Province.

Québec's Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune (MRNF) will be conducting a high-resolution ground gravity survey (no. 13) over the eastern part of the Blake River Group in Québec, while the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) will be carrying out a similar survey in the western part of the same geological unit. This project issues from a suggestion by Mr. Pierre Bérubé, the president of Abitibi Géophysique inc., who initially proposed this type of survey along the Cadillac Fault. After consultation with the mining industry, it was decided to expand the survey's coverage to include the entire Blake River Group, thereby responding to the regional priority issue targeted by the Copper Plan and the IGC/TGI 3 Targeted Geoscience Initiative. The coverage of the new joint MRNF/GSC gravity survey should provide a clearer picture (three-dimensional) of the volcanic and plutonic architecture of the Blake River Group and outline new exploration sectors in Québec's most prolific copper mining camp, the Rouyn-Noranda mining camp.

An airborne gravity survey is being contemplated over the northern part of the Harricana-Turgeon Belt (no. 14). The survey would extend from Matagami in the east to the Ontario border in the west, and northward to the boundary of the Abitibi Subprovince (NTS 32 E 14-15-16, south part of L 2 and 3). It would adjoin the western boundary of the ground gravity survey conducted in 2006 on the west limb of the Galinée anticline, near Matagami. The sector targeted by this survey has excellent base metal potential (Matagami and Selbaie mining camps), but remains under-explored because of a lack of outcrop and the presence of thick Quaternary accumulations.

An extensive aeromagnetic survey is being planned in the northern part of the Baie-James territory (no. 15). A total of 28 NTS map sheets at a scale of 1:50,000 should be covered along an east-west band more than 350 km long and more than 100 km wide. The survey primarily targets the Opinaca reservoir sector, on sheets 33C 9-10-11-15-16 and 33B 11-12-13-14, and then extends eastward, south of the LG 3 and LG 4 reservoirs (33G 1 to 12, 33H 1 to 8). It is intended to clarify the regional geological setting of the recent Éléonore gold discovery, and to identify new exploration sectors further east.

Finally, the area targeted by the second phase of the Rivière Octave project (no. 1) will be doubled to cover two SQRC (Québec topographic system) map sheets at a scale of 1:20,000 (32F03-200-0101 and 32F04-200-0102). This overburden and bedrock drilling project will provide a better understanding of the geology of a highly prospective sector that contains isolated deposits (Sleeping Giant, Langlois) but remains little known and under-explored because of significant Quaternary accumulations and a lack of outcrop.

The results of all the above-mentioned geochemical and geophysical surveys, as well as those of the Rivière Octave project (phase 2), will be revealed during the Québec Exploration 2008 event.

The amount of work conducted to acquire new geoscience knowledge should remain significant over the coming years. In the 2007-2008 Budget Speech, presented on May 24, 2007, the gouvernement du Québec provided Géologie Québec with additional funding of $21 million over the next three financial years, amounting to $7 million each for 2007-2008, 2008-2009 and 2009-2010. The funds will be used to target strategic geographical sectors for exploration work and to promote the mineral potential of the various regions of Québec.

The Québec Mineral Strategy

Preparing the future of Québec's mineral sector

By the end of 2007, Québec will, for the first time in its history, have a comprehensive strategy for the mining sector. To develop the strategy, the government invited citizens, groups and businesses to get involved in the public consultation that ended on October 27, 2007.

A forward-looking strategy

The Québec Mineral Strategy will propose five challenges that need to be faced in preparing the future of the mineral sector and positioning it in a market where competition is worldwide:

  1. Discovering new deposits
  2. Strengthening the industry's competitiveness and maximizing economic and social spinoffs
  3. Attracting new talent and training the workforce to meet the industry's growing needs
  4. Protecting the environment and ensuring harmonious integration of mining activities into the host environment
  5. Involving the regions as well as Native communities and the Inuit in current and future development.

An exciting vision

Québec is already reaping the benefits of rising metal prices, growth in mineral investments, significant geological potential and a workforce known worldwide for its know-how.

The gouvernement du Québec is therefore proposing an exciting vision of Québec's mineral sector, its potential for development and what it can do to ensure long term growth and economic spinoffs.

Client services:
new structure, same services!

Pierre Verpaelst (Energy and Mines Sector, Géologie Québec directorate)
James Moorhead (Regional Operations Sector, Energy, Mines and Public Land-Use directorate of the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region)

In order to develop a closer relationship with regional clientele, the Secteur des opérations régionales (Regional Operations Sector (ROS)) has been set up at the Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune (MRNF). This reorganization also results in more integrated management of the MRNF’s various activities in the regions. Consequently, offices where mine service counters were located are now under the responsibility of the ROS, rather than the Secteur de l’énergie et des mines (Energy and Mines Sector).

Front-line services and customer support will continue to be provided by agents in the regional offices, as before. These services include:

Claim transactions
Requests for information related to the mine sector
The sale of the MRNF’s geoscience products

More complex requests requiring the intervention of a specialist (technician or professional) will be forwarded to the resource persons most qualified to answer them, whether they involve information about claims, SIGÉOM geoscience databases, geological knowledge, or exploration and mining activities.

The result: efficient, quality service

The MRNF wants its clients to continue to receive the same quality services as before. Corporate mine services will be available from the same regional offices. We can be reached at the following addresses: