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Drop by the Québec booth at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) 2011 convention

Come and discover Québec’s mineral potential and explore the future!

Sylvain Lacroix and Christian Fortin,
Géologie Québec

From March 6 to 9, 2011, representatives from the mining sector of the Ministère des Ressources Naturelles et de la Faune (MRNF) will be in Toronto to promote Québec’s mineral potential and other competitive advantages at the annual international convention of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC), the world’s largest convention for the mineral exploration industry.

It will be hard to miss the Québec display, which will be the third biggest booth among the thousand or so exhibitors! Both generalists and experts will be on hand to welcome you and provide information about the province’s mineral potential and all the incentives and advantages to investing in exploration in Québec.

At the display, visitors will be able to search geoscience databases, obtain new information, and even acquire mining titles on new targets to be unveiled for the first time at the convention! Those in charge of the SIGEOM and GESTIM Plus systems will also be present to answer any questions.



Delegates will also be able to learn about the 18 geoscience projects that took place in 2010 and others still underway in the province, as well as the most recent Géologie Québec publications. A wealth of information on Québec’s mineral potential will be at your fingertips! For a preview, read the article “Québec’s new surveys, geoscience publications and exploration targets”.

Geologists specializing in the identification of geological, geochemical and geophysical targets will be available to provide details about their newly identified targets and the methods used to identify them.

Presentation of an innovative methodology involving the re-analysis of lake-bottom sediments to identify new geochemical exploration targets

As part of the Innovation Forum on March 7 and 8, 2011, co-organized by the PDAC and the Canadian Association of Mining Equipment and Services for Export (CAMESE), Géologie Québec will present an innovative methodology recently used in Québec to identify exploration targets.

Daniel Lamothe, the geologist in charge of the project, will explain how approximately 3,000 targets were identified by updating and processing a province-wide secondary environment geochemistry database that was enhanced by re-analyzing some 27,000 lake-bottom sediment samples from the Baie-James region. The locations and descriptions of the latter targets are already or will soon be available in Google Earth format from both GESTIM and the Mineral resource maps of the MRNF website.


Add this presentation to your PDAC agenda: Monday, 11:20, Hall D – Aisle 1300, Booth 1349

Support for mining companies

Again this year, visitors can learn more about the support offered to mining companies. The support program was set up to provide answers about obtaining the permits, certificates and rights needed to carry out mining ventures in Québec, for everything from exploration to rehabilitation. The role of the MRNF as supporter is to facilitate the development of a mining project while promoting full compliance with any applicable acts and regulations, directives, and established standards.

Showcasing our partners

To showcase its partners in the Québec mining industry, the MRNF will share its booth with long-standing partners: the Cree Mineral Board, the Fonds d’Exploration Minière du Nunavik, the Corporation de Promotion du Développement Minéral de la Côte-Nord, DIVEX, SOQUEM and CONSOREM, as well as the Association de l’Exploration Minière du Québec, who co-organize the Québec Exploration convention.


Drop by and see us at the PDAC convention! The coffee’s on us!


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