A stronger presence at major mining events outside Québec
The Department's sector of mines will be adopting an increasingly high profile at events outside Québec. As usual, we will be at the Mineral Exploration Roundup in Vancouver in January 2009 and at the annual PDAC in Toronto next March.
This year, the Department will also return to the China Mining congress to be held in Beijing in mid-November. During the event, the Department, in collaboration with Investissement Québec, will set up a booth promoting Québec's mineral potential and the advantages of exploring in Québec. Pierre Verpaelst will give a talk on these same subjects. The promotion of Québec's mining potential will focus on current exploration projects that could benefit from new sources of financing. In recent months, through meetings with Chinese delegates, we have learned that certain Chinese companies now wish to move beyond involvement in projects already at the development and operation stage to get into exploration.
The Department also has a new destination this year—India—where it will attend a conference entitled Mining Exploration Summit: Policy Initiatives. For this event, a Department delegation will present Québec's system for managing mineral titles. The presentation will also provide information on Department's geoscientific document holdings, Québec's mineral potential, and the advantages of carrying out exploration work in the province.
With financing growing increasingly tight, promoting Québec's mineral potential abroad and presenting promising projects could prove profitable. These measures are part of the Department's commitment to being proactive in promoting Québec's mining sector.