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Québec Exploration 2007: it was the place to be!

The fifth edition of Québec Exploration took place under the theme “The Right Place to Explore!”. A total of 1,950 participants roamed the halls of the Château Frontenac from November 26 to 29, 2008.

This event has become over the years, one of the most important of its kind in Canada. It brought together members of the mineral exploration industry as well as a number of representatives from various fields, all sharing a common interest for this sector. Moreover, a large number of visitors from the general public came to find out more about the mining world, responding to the invitation of the organizing committee. Participants were able to discuss newly acquired data on Québec’s territory, promising mining developments, and business opportunities in Québec.

Diversified content for various interests!

In addition to high-level speaker programs, participants took advantage of a diversified program combining scientific, commercial, and financial interests. The Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune hosted several workshops, namely dealing with products and services provided to industry such as Sigéom, Gestim Plus and SIGPEG. Moreover, a record number of exhibitors from the mining industry and government showcased their latest results of research and mapping projects. The next generation was also nicely represented, with exhibits from university students in Earth sciences. Finally, in order to foster exchanges and add a little ambiance, a series of social events were planned for delegates and their accompanying guests.

The future mineral strategy in the heart of discussions

Québec’s future Mineral Strategy was of course the topic of many conversations. Most everyone readily expressed the opinion that the mineral industry could not remain competitive without the crucial input of dynamic and skilled newcomers. Also of interest is that Québec is known to offer some of the most attractive measures in the world for the mining industry. Maintaining these advantages is crucial for the growth of the mining sector, which is the ultimate purpose of the strategy.

From the Copper Plan to the “Gamma effect”: a speaker program of undeniable quality!

Delegates certainly got their money’s worth! The topics of speaker programs were so popular that event organizers were taken by surprise by the number of delegates wanting to attend oral presentations. There just wasn’t enough room! After dealing with this situation in 2007, the organizing committee will have to considerably increase the number of seats available for the 2008 edition in order to meet the growing demand for geoscience presentations.

The first “Open House” for Québec Exploration

To shed some light on this relatively unknown sector in the general population, the organizing committee offered an educational program for high-school representatives, students and the public at large, within the scope of an “Open House” that took place on Thursday afternoon. This first edition was quite successful and will no doubt be repeated for Québec Exploration 2008.

It’s all on the website: www.quebecexploration.qc.ca

If you did not have to opportunity to attend Québec Exploration 2007, you can still find lots of relevant information on the event’s website. You can namely view the abstracts for all oral presentations and even see most of the slideshows presented by the speakers. Abstracts for posters prepared by geologists from Géologie Québec, the Geological Survey of Canada, various geoscience research institutes as well as Earth science university students are also available. Finally, you can see for yourself how popular the various social events were by consulting the photo album available on the website. Explore the site, it’s a good investment!

See you in 2008!

Don’t miss the next edition of Québec Exploration! This event, now a staple for the mining and oil & gas industries, will be back on November 24 to 27, 2008, at the Château Frontenac in Québec. Special events will be planned for the 2008 edition, within the scope of the International Year of Planet Earth and the 400th anniversary of Québec!

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