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Québec Exploration 2008
An event you won't want to miss

The 6th edition of Québec Exploration will be held under the theme "Strike It Rich: Explore Québec!" from November 24 to 27 at the magnificent Château Frontenac hotel in the Ville de Québec.

By all indications, Québec Exploration 2008 is shaping up to be the most popular mining congress held in Québec in the last 25 years.

It's a must-attend event where you can

You will have access to an extraordinary lecture program: six talks covering topics as varied as geology, mineralogy, mineral deposits, finance, aboriginal agreements, and history!

For the occasion, top international lecturers will reveal their latest secrets.

To pique your curiosity, here is an overview of the content of the lectures in the program.

Session 1
New Frontiers and New Knowledge

Mineral exploration in Québec has always enhanced the general knowledge acquired by teams of geologists from Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune du Québec and the Geological Survey of Canada as well as researchers at our universities. These dedicated specialists are pushing limits, redrawing the portrait of high-potential regions, and providing us with new data indispensable to the success of our exploration programs. This session presents the results of their most recent work.

Special guest: Greg Stott (OGS)

Session 2
Mining Investment: What's in Store for 2009?

Specialists will give their take on investments in mine and metal exploration for 2009 and share their latest opinions on the prices of precious and base metals and their perception of the current mining supercycle. A panel discussion following their short presentation will include a question and answer period for the public to interact with the specialists.

Special guest: John A. Kaiser

Session 3
First Nations Communities and Mining Exploration in Québec

During this session, key players will take the floor and address the increased participation of First Nations in mineral exploration and mining in Québec. They will present examples of partnership between mining companies and First Nations communities. These partnerships are necessary for mineral development in the vast, little-explored area of the Middle and Far North.

Special guest: Matthew Mukash, Grand Chief of the Grand Council of the Crees

Session 4
The Utica Shale Deposit: A World-Class Natural Gas Field?

Production of natural gas from shale gas plays has grown phenomenally over the past decade in the United States. Specialists will look at this new type of deposit, currently one of the most promising in Québec. The results of the most recent developments in this field will be presented.

Special guest: Daniel M. Jarvie of the Texas Christian University 's Worldwide Geochemistry Energy Institute

Session 5
Gold—A Sustainable Industry

Québec has a gold belly, according to a local song. You could also say gold runs in its veins, as recent successes in mining exploration in the Abitibi and Baie-James regions bear out. This session's speakers will describe some of the largest gold mining projects currently under way.

Session 6
The Rich History of Exploration in Québec

For over 400 years, Québec has been attracting prospectors with its wealth of natural resources. Iron, gold, copper, asbestos, and other minerals have helped open up and develop regions that today enjoy a thriving, sustainable economy. This unique session will replay great moments in mining exploration and development that helped build today's Québec.

Special guests: Jean Provencher (historian) and Gilles O. Allard of the University of Georgia

What's more, you will have a chance to brush up on your knowledge in specific fields of geology, geophysics, 3D modeling, and gitology by registering for the workshops on Monday, November 24.

Finally, to help you unwind, Québec Exploration 2008 will offer even more social activities and opportunities to relax, such as a visit to the museum, an excursion in Old Québec, dinner conferences, a gala evening, numerous cocktail receptions, and many other surprises!

Given the scope of the congress, please note that the organizing committee has negotiated blocks of rooms in four other hotels located near Château Frontenac. For more details, consult the Québec Exploration 2008 website.

The organizers of Québec Exploration—Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune and Association de l'exploration minière du Québec—invite you to attend this major gathering, which is sure to satisfy your expectations and interests in the field of mineral, oil, and gas exploration.

Visit the Québec Exploration website and register today: www.QuebecExploration.qc.ca.

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