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Inauguration of the Quaternary Applied Research Centre

In the Nord-du-Québec region, more specifically in Chibougamau, took place the inauguration of the Quaternary Applied Research Centre (QARC) on December 17, 2007. This new centre was created to build knowledge on Quaternary deposits in the Baie James region and develop innovative approaches to sampling and processing of Quaternary deposits for mineral exploration.

The QARC constitutes a partner of choice for mining companies active in the Nord-du-Québec region. It offers a variety of services in applied research in the following fields:

For the ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune (MRNF), the QARC represents an important partner in developing the mineral potential of the Nord-du-Québec region, given its particular expertise. The MRNF contributed in 2007 to a project headed by the James Bay Joint Action Mining Committee (JBJAMC) on the Sakami Moraine. Other collaborative projects between the MRNF and the QARC are also being developed.

The QARC was created by the JBJAMC with financial contributions from Economic Development Canada and the Ministère du Développement économique, de l'Innovation et de l'Exportation. The QARC can also count on numerous other institutional partners, among which the MRNF, Emploi-Québec, the Cree Mineral Exploration Board, the Geological Survey of Canada, the Société de développement de la Baie-James, the Conférence régionale des élus de la Baie-James and the Centre d'études collégiales in Chibougamau.

For more information about the QARC or to reach members of its staff, please consult the JBJAMC website.

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