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Geo-scientific work in Québec during the summer of 2011

Sylvain Lacroix, Charles Maurice, Jean-Yves Labbé
Bureau de l’exploration géologique du Québec

Québec’s bureau for geological exploration, the Bureau de l’exploration géologique du Québec (BEGQ), is responsible for gathering and processing geo-scientific data throughout Québec. The data and knowledge is then made available to promote mineral potential in Québec’s various regions as part of a sustainable development approach. During the summer of 2011, the BEGQ plans to implement twelve projects in Québec.


Thanks to the mining heritage fund established following the unveiling of the 2009 Mineral Strategy, the budget available for activities to gather and process geo-scientific data is $12 million in 2011-2012. An additional amount of $300,000 will also be available following the signing of a multi-year agreement with Québec’s department of sustainable development, environment and parks, the Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et des Parcs (MDDEP), to map quaternary deposits in the sectors targeted by the program to gather data on groundwater in municipalized areas in Québec, the Programme d’acquisition de connaissances sur les eaux souterraines du Québec municipalisé.

The twelve projects to gather new geo-scientific knowledge planned for the summer are shown on the two maps below, which locate the ten geological inventories (Map 1) and two geo-chemical and geo-physical inventories (Map 2), respectively.

Geological inventories

The five geological inventories are part of a broad program to acquire multi-disciplinary geo-scientific data, with the aim of stimulating exploration in Northern Québec.

The Churchill–Kuujjuaq project (No. 1), covering the sectors to the north and east of Kuujjuaq, is the start of the second phase of 1/250 000 scale mapping of the Southeast Churchill geological sub province. The first phase of 1/50 000 scale mapping of the sub province was carried out in 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 to the east of Schefferville.

The Baie James–Lac Nochet project (No. 2) involves a 1/50 000 scale survey of the La Grande sub province, north of the Opinaca sub province. This survey is an eastern extension of the mapping project carried out over the last two years close to the reservoir La Grande 3.

The Grenville-Tétépisca project (No. 3) is a new 1/50 000 scale mapping project for the paragneiss, quartzite and amphibolite units around the Manicouagan reservoir in the Grenville Province, continuing to the southwest the geological inventory of the Lac du Milieu region completed last year.

Two geological inventories will take place in the Matagami (No. 4) and Chapais-Chibougamau (No. 5) regions. Both projects will involve 1/20 000 scale surveys, with the goal of producing overviews of two important mining areas in the Abitibi geological region.

Last, mapping and compilation work in the sector to the northeast of Sherbrooke (No. 6) in the Appalachian mountains will be undertaken as part of a partnership with Université du Québec à Montréal.

Quaternary inventories

Three projects (Nos. 7, 8 and 9) involving the 1/50 000 scale mapping of quaternary deposits will target the Montérégie, Québec and Outaouais regions. Project no. 7, currently in its second year, will be undertaken entirely by the BEGQ, while projects nos. 8 and 9 will begin this summer in collaboration with Université Laval and Université du Québec à Montréal, respectively. All these projects are designed to provide support for the program to acquire data on groundwater in southern Québec, under the responsibility of the MDDEP.

In addition, the community of Salluit will benefit from the expertise of two geologists from the BEGQ (No. 10). Their work will involve assessing the availability of new granular resources close to Salluit to meet a growing need in the region, where the pace of permafrost melting is threatening infrastructures. The project has been developed in response to a demand from the Québec department of municipal affairs, regions and land occupancy, the Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l’Occupation du territoire, with support from the Kativik Regional Government.

Geo-chemical and geo-physical inventories

The updating of the database on the geo-chemistry of lake bottom sediments in Québec, launched in 2007, will continue in 2011-2012. Project no. 11 involves a survey to sample sediments in the sector covering the Ungava peninsula from the 61st degree of latitude northwards, to extend the geo-chemical coverage completed in 1997-1998 as part of the far north program, the Programme Grand Nord.

Project no. 12 involves a aerial magnetic and spectrometric survey of the area directly south of Kuujjuaq. It constitutes the first phase in a multi-year geo-physical project launched by the BEGQ to provide geo-physical coverage of the Labrador Trough similar to the coverage for the area east of James Bay completed in recent years. The project follows on from an aerial magnetic survey conducted last year to the west of Kuujjuaq by the Geological Survey of Canada as part of the GEM (Geo-mapping for Energy and Minerals) program.

Exploration targets

The new geo-scientific data obtained during the summer of 2011 will be used to identify new exploration targets. Most of these targets will be unveiled at Québec Exploration 2011, as has been the custom in the last three years (PRO 2008-05, PRO 2009-07, PRO 2010-05).

Other exploration targets are also be presented in various MRNF promotion documents (http://www.mrnf.gouv.qc.ca/english/mines/publications/publications-promotion.jsp). Some targets are also accessible via GESTIM and Mineral resources maps (http://www.mrnf.gouv.qc.ca/english/mines/publications/publications-maps.jsp).


Lithium in Québec: current mining projects

Denis Raymond, ing.
Direction générale du développement de l’industrie minérale
Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune

Context

Lithium is the lightest chemical element. In its pure state it is a soft, silver-white metal that quickly tarnishes and oxidizes on contact with air and water. It belongs to the group of alkali metals.

Most lithium is produced from lithium chloride-rich brines in Chile, Argentina, China and the United States. The cost of producing the brines is generally less than the cost of extracting pegmatites and spodumene-carrying granites using traditional mining methods.

Over 150 products containing lithium are used commercially, and over half of worldwide lithium production is devoted to the production of ceramics, glass and electric batteries. In the coming years, battery production is expected to become the main use for lithium. Mining mainly produces lithium carbonate (Li2CO3), which is then used to manufacture components such as battery cells, for which there is currently no economic substitute for lithium. The price of lithium carbonate is currently around US$4,500 to US$5,500 per metric tonne.

In Québec, several current mining projects have targeted the lithium carbonate market for use in the electric car industry. Québec does not yet produce any lithium carbonate, but some companies in the Boucherville area process the mineral for use in batteries, or to manufacture batteries for varies types of hybrid and electric vehicles. The lithium carbonate used comes from world markets.

Main lithium mining projects in Québec


In Québec, lithium is found in pegmatites and granites, and is principally associated with spodumene, an aluminum silicate (LiAl(Si2O6)) that contains up to 8% lithium oxide (Li2O). The spodumene can be separated from its gangue (quartz, feldspar, mica) by crushing and milling, and then concentrated by flotation. Ore containing between 1% and 3% Li2O can be concentrated to around 6% to 7.25% Li2O. Most of the ore is mined in open pits for economic reasons.

The main mining projects are located in the Abitibi region, to the north of Chibougamau and in the Eastmain-Nemiscau sector of James Bay. They are associated with spodumene indicators discovered mainly between the 1940s and the 1960s. In addition, practically all the pegmatite indicators containing lithium-bearing minerals are slated for exploration by various companies, which could lead to new discoveries. The table “Mineral resources: lithium projects in Québec” provides a comparative overview of the most active projects.

Projet

Compagnie

Étape
en cours

Ressources

Tonnage
(M t)

Teneur
(% Li20)

Teneur de
coupure
(% Li20)

Date

Québec Lithium

Canada Lithium

Mise
en valeur
(faisabilité)

Mesurées et
indiquées

29,29

1,19

0,8

05-2011

Présumées

20,93

1,15

Authier

Glen Eagle

Exploration
Mise en valeur

Indiqués

4,16

1,04

0,8

03-2011

Présumées

2,29

1,00

James Bay

Lithium One / Galaxy Res

Mise
en valeur
(préfaisabilité)

Mesurées et
indiquées

11,75

1,30

0,75

12-2010

Présumées

10,47

1,20

Whabouchi

Exploration Nemaska

Mise
en valeur
(préfaisabilité)

Mesurées et
indiquées

25,08

1,54

0,4

06-2011

Présumées

4,40

1,51

Rose

Corporation Éléments Critiques

Exploration
Mise en valeur

Mesurées et
indiquées

11,43

1,34

0,75

01-2011

Présumées

2,17

1,27

Moblan West

Perilya Canada /
Investissement
Québec

Exploration
Mise en valeur

Présumées

5,34

1,51

0,43

12-2008

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mining projects in the Abitibi region

Lithium projects in the Abitibi region can take advantage of existing infrastructures, a trained workforce and qualified mining services. They are also relatively close to markets in the United States, China, Asia and Europe.

Near La Corne, 60 km northwest of Val-d'Or, Canada Lithium has been working since 2008 on Québec’s most advanced lithium project, Québec Lithium. Historically, an underground mine (the Québec Lithium mine), a concentrator and a lithium carbonate processing plant operated from 1955 to 1965 on the same site, until unfavourable economic conditions led to closure.


An open-pit mine is now planned to extract new mineral resources located near the former mine galleries. Measured and indicated resources exceed 29 million tonnes, with an ore content of 1.19% Li2O. A revision of the mineral reserves and an update of the feasibility study are under way. The project plans include a concentrator able to treat one million tonnes of ore per year, and a plant producing 20,000 tonnes of high-purity lithium carbonate (99.5%+ Li2CO3). The project, valued at $202 million, is aimed mainly at the car battery market, and could supply roughly 20% of current world needs. Construction work is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2011, with production launched in 2013 for a period of 15 to 30 years.

About 30 km to the west of the Québec Lithium project, Glen Eagle Resources (Glen Eagle) is developing the Authier project, on a site that reached the prefeasibility stage in 1999 before being abandoned. Glen Eagle has an indicated mineral resource of 4.1 million tonnes, containing 1.04% Li2O. The company intends to increase the resource, conduct metallurgical testing and a pre-project environmental study, and has commissioned a feasibility study.

Mining projects in the Frotet-Evans belt sector
(North of Chibougamau)

Roughly 100 km from Chibougamau, close to the northern highway, attention is focused on two more mining projects: the Moblan Ouest project and the Sirmac project.

At the Moblan Ouest project of Perilya Canada and Investissement Québec, sampling and systematic drilling work in 2009 and 2010 will be used for a new mineral resource estimate, following an estimate of 5.3 million tonnes at 1.51% Li2O in 2008. The resources are associated with a 40 metre-thick dyke of spodumene-carrying pegmatite. The conclusions and recommendations of the metallurgical testing and prefeasibility technical studies are expected shortly.

Further west, the Sirmac project of Exploration Nemaska has reached the stage of systematic exploration by stripping, trenching and drilling. The work, scheduled for 2011, will be used to calculate the mineral resource.

Eastmain-Nemaska sector


In James Bay, three projects are at the development stage. They all have measured and indicated resources totalling over 10 million tonnes or more, with Li2O content ranging from 1.2% to 1.6% (Table 1). They benefit from infrastructures built for hydroelectric development such as roads, camps, airstrips, an electricity substation and power lines. The projects are subject to the James Bay and Northern Québec Agreement (JBNQA).

The James Bay project of Lithium One and Galaxy Resources is located at the deposit discovered in 1964 by prospector Jean Cyr. It is located 380 km north of Matagami, along the James Bay highway. Since 2008, extensive exploration and drilling work has delimited the mineral resource. A feasibility study for the project will be completed by 2013 under the responsibility of Galaxy Resources, which recently opened a spodumene mine in Australia and is completing construction work on a lithium carbonate plant in China. The technical and economic parameters for the engineering of these projects could be applied in James Bay.

Around 40 km north of the Cree village of Nemaska, Critical Elements Corporation (CEC) has been working since late 2009 to develop a lithium deposit (spodumene and lepidolite) that also contains tantalum, beryllium and gallium minerals. The mineralized zone has been known since 1961, and as a result of recent drilling the mineral resource will be updated. Metallurgical tests and a basic environmental study are under way. A study setting out various operating scenarios is scheduled for the fall of 2011, followed by a feasibility study in the fall of 2012. In addition to lithium, tantalum could also be produced. CEC is continuing its exploration work on other spodumene-carrying pegmatite showings on its property.

Last, the Whabouchi project of Exploration Nemaska is found 15 km east of the Nemiscau truck stop and electric substation on the northern highway, roughly 280 km from Chibougamau. Exploration work began in the fall of 2009 and, by January 2011, a preliminary economic study outlined the interest of an open-pit mine and an on-site concentrator with a capacity of 1 million tonnes of ore per year. The dykes of steeply-sloping (70º-80º) spodumene-bearing pegmatites stretch over more than 1.3 km and are still present at a depth of 325 m, with a high lithium content (1.5% Li2O). Beryllium (136-140 ppm BeO) is also reported. An investment of $86 million and production start-up in 2014 are currently planned. Exploration Nemaska is also involved in a project to build a lithium carbonate plant in Québec, with financial support from the Cree nation and the Tiangi Group, a Chinese producer of lithium batteries and a lithium carbonate distributor.

As in other places in Québec, exploration projects are also under way close to these more advanced projects, all targeting spodumene-bearing pegmatites at or close to the surface. Several years of work can be expected before the extent and viability of these projects is known.

Québec’s position

China, India and North America will be the main driving forces for the lithium market, thanks to the development of electric vehicles and electronic devices. A growth in demand of 7% to 8% per year is expected between now and 2025. However, an oligopolistic market, new mining projects bringing more lithium carbonate to the market, uncertainty about whether electric vehicles will make a breakthrough, and research into new battery types, all point to an unsteady market for lithium over the coming years. Price drops can be expected, jeopardizing the more costly operations.

Against this background, Québec is in a strong position to take advantage of market opportunities over the coming years. Competing with expansion projects in South America (brines) and Australia (pegmatites), Québec mines will have to ensure that they can offer a high-quality product and stable supplies, and will have to target long-term contracts with steady customers.

Since Chinese battery manufacturers appear to prefer mineral sources (spodumene) to chemical sources (brine), their support for projects in Québec will be important.

The mining industry will have to demonstrate its ability to discover and develop new mineral resources, such as lithium, and to take an innovative approach. Tax breaks to allow risk-sharing, suitable infrastructures, competitive electricity rates and an expert workforce are just some of Québec’s assets.

If the right conditions are maintained, Québec will have its first operating lithium mine and its first lithium carbonate plant as early as 2013. In addition, there is a strong possibility that, by 2014 and 2015, two other mines and possible one other lithium carbonate plant will see the light of day. This would create new mining poles in the Abitibi region, north of Chibougamau, and in James Bay. In addition, some of the lithium carbonate produced in Québec could be used to supply Québec’s battery and battery component manufacturers.


Sustainable mineral resource development: a key component of the Plan Nod

On May 9, 2011, the Québec government launched the Plan Nord, an ambitious project for the sustainable economic, social and environmental development of northern Québec. There is no doubt that it will become know as the most important development project of our time. It will be implemented over a 25-year period, generating investments of over $80 billion and creating or consolidating an average of 20,000 jobs each year.

The Plan Nord will have positive spin-offs in several sectors of activity north of the 49th parallel, especially in the field of mining, which already represents a major component of the economy in northern Québec and in Québec as a whole. All of the nickel, cobalt, platinum group elements, zinc, iron ore and ilmenite mined in Québec, as well as most of the gold, comes from the North. The area also has deposits of lithium, vanadium and rare earths, which are used in a wide range of applications in the energy, transportation and hi-tech fields. There is also strong potential for uranium and diamonds, as demonstrated by the development projects in the Monts Otish sector.

At least 11 new projects are ready for implementation in the coming years in the area covered by the Plan Nord. Overall, these projects alone will lead to $8.24 billion in investments and 11,000 new jobs during construction, followed by almost 4,000 jobs each year during normal operations.

Infrastructures

With this level of development, it is clear that infrastructures north of the 49th parallel will have to be improved. The government intends to focus on the creation of an integrated transportation network to provide access to the areas with the greatest economic potential. It will adopt a new approach, involving the establishment of innovative partnerships with the private sector, in order to maximize the deployment of infrastructures connected with economic development projects.

The transportation priorities are as follows:

  • Extend Highway 167 towards the Monts Otish
  • Rebuild Highway 389 between Baie-Comeau and Fermont
  • Continue to improve airports
  • Continue to extend Highway 138 between Natashquan and Kegaska
  • Extend Highway 138 by building a link between Kegaska and Blanc-Sablon

Feasibility studies will also be completed to examine the construction of a land link (by road or rail) from Kuujjuaq southwards, the construction and cost-effectiveness of a deep-water port close to Whapmagoostui-Kuujjuarapik, and the construction of a land link from the port to Radisson.

The development of northern Québec and the arrival of workers from outside the region will create challenges for Plan Nord partners in terms of the temporary accommodation and housing needed throughout the area. Promoters will be required to include a “housing” component in their projects to help increase the supply of accommodation in the communities that will become home to workers and families from outside the region.

Geo-scientific data collection and compilation in the geo-mining information system (SIGEOM)

Although there is a number of projects under way in northern Québec, the mineral potential of the region is still not fully known. To facilitate research and improve access to mineral potential in the North, Géologie Québec has launched an ambitious plan to gather geo-scientific data and stimulate exploration. The area will be mapped, and aerial geo-scientific surveys will help identify and delimit geological units with economic potential. This should provide a boost for exploration work.

This measure will be implemented thanks to the Mining Heritage Fund, which collects some of the royalties paid by mining companies. Over a ten-year period, the Fund will devote $120 million to the acquisition of geo-scientific data throughout Québec. The work will involve geological mapping, and geo-physical and geo-chemical surveys, mainly in James Bay and Nunavik and on the North Shore.

Protected areas and environment protection

Since the development of northern Québec will involve the designation of new protected areas in order to meet the 12% target, and since 50% of the land will be set aside to protect it from all forms of industrial activity, it is extremely important to establish mineral potential and historical and cultural potential in Aboriginal communities before selecting the areas that will remain undeveloped. For this reason, the Plan Nord Mining working group considers that before a new protected area is created, it should be mapped by the government and explored, taking all “multi-element” substances into account.

The priorities for action in the mining sector are as follows:

  • Invest in the gathering of geo-scientific data and record it in the SIGEOM system
  • Coordinate government actions to rebuild the railway between Emeril Junction (Labrador) and Schefferville
  • Assess the possibility of creating a tax credit for biodiversity to encourage investors to take part in projects to develop or restore ecosystems

The Plan Nord offers striking opportunities for the development of the land north of the 49th parallel. The current mining boom will support and accelerate the plan’s implementation, thanks to the involvement of the mining industry. On the other hand, the measures included in the Plan Nord will ensure that exploration, and the extraction of mineral resources in the area, will take place in a responsible way, while offering support for the mining companies that decide to make the move. Everything appears to be ready to ensure that the “project of a generation” lives up to the expectations of all involved and generates benefits for all Quebecers.


Bill 14: creating a foundation for an innovative mining development model

Last May, the Minister for Natural Resources and Wildlife and Minister responsible for the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region and Côte-Nord region, Serge Simard, tabled Bill 14, An Act respecting the development of mineral resources in keeping with the principles of sustainable development.

The Bill amends the existing Mining Act and introduces a major change of legislative direction. It is based on the three key principles of sustainable development, to ensure that mining projects are better integrated into the community and to optimize mineral potential in Québec’s regions:

  • Reconcile a range of land uses
  • Stimulate exploration work on claims
  • Guarantee the cost of rehabilitating mine sites

An in-depth review of the Mining Act was essential in order to provide a better response to the concerns of partners, regional stakeholders, environmental groups, government departments, associations, mining companies and Québec citizens. As a result, the Bill includes several amendments to eliminate out-of-date practices and reflect current values. The main changes introduced by the Bill are as follows:

  • Increase the financial guarantee required to cover the rehabilitation of mine sites from 70% to 100%
  • Require mining companies to pay a minimum of 25% of the guarantee in the first year of operation
  • Reduce the time allowed to pay the guarantee from fifteen years, the current situation, to three
  • Increase the amount of fines
  • Introduce a requirement to declare uranium exploration as a goal when staking a claim, and to declare any discovery of uranium. Drilling for uranium will be prohibited within 500 metres from a groundwater catchment well

The Bill also emphasizes the importance of social acceptability. All mining projects will be submitted for public consultation, in order to achieve as broad a consensus as possible. Several provisions in the Bill make dialogue necessary, at an early stage in the process, between the promoter, on the one hand, and citizens and their municipal representatives, on the other. The Bill imposes this extra step to ensure that the concerns of individuals and municipalities are taken into account.

Also for social reasons, the Bill gives the Minister the power to prohibit or restrict mining activities in certain sectors, including areas within an urbanization perimeter or land dedicated to vacationing. This provision will be retroactive to the date on which the Bill was tabled, and will be in force until the Bill is finalized. In addition, the holders of claims within the perimeters indicated will have to comply with the provision to avoid placing themselves in a situation of non-compliance.

Québec Mineral Strategy

The Bill implements the approach set out in the Québec Mineral Strategy, released in June 2009. The Strategy, for the first time, coordinates the management of the mining sector and targets three objectives:

  • Creating wealth and preparing the future of the mineral sector
  • Ensuring environment-friendly mineral development
  • Fostering integrated, community-related mineral development


Symposium Mine Baie-James2011:
a successful Cree-Jamesian collaboration

Patrick Houle, MRNF Nord-du-Québec

It was a resounding success for the Symposium Mines Baie-James 2011, held from May 30 to June 1, 2011 in Chibougamau and the Cree community of Mistissini! Organizers expected 200 people to attend the mining symposium, but the final total was 300. Delegates and participants included prospectors, service companies, government representatives, citizens, and 35 representatives from mining companies. The event was made possible thanks to the Chapais-Chibougamau branch of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM), the Nord-du-Québec office and the Bureau d’Exploration Géologique du Québec (Géologie Québec) of the Ministère des Ressources Naturelles et de la Faune (MRNF), the company Développement Chibougamau, and the Cree Nation of Mistissini. Just as important to mention, the symposium would not have been possible without the financial support of many partners (PDF Format, 86,1 Ko (http://www.mrnf.gouv.qc.ca/english/mines/quebec-mines/2011-03/symposium-thanks-partners.pdf) ).

The opening evening presentation discussed the important role of mining development in parallel with the history of road and hydroelectric development in the Baie-James territory. The symposium days were divided into three separate geoscience conference sessions. During the conferences, each held in front of a full audience, the speakers set out to demonstrate the vast mineral potential of the Baie-James territory for a multitude of mineral substances (Au-Ag-Cu-Zn-Pb-Ni-Mo-Li-REE-U-PGE-Co-Cr-diamonds), a potential that is substantiated by the advanced stage of a number of mining projects on the territory. The sessions notably focused on the geology and mineral potential of the Chapais-Chibougamau, Troilus-Nemaska-Éléonore and Monts Otish areas.

Géologie Québec used the occasion to make public two new products (EP 2011-01 in French and EP 2011-02 in English) that provide an update on the potential for volcanogenic massive sulphide (VMS) deposits in the Abitibi Subprovince and the Frotet-Evans volcano-sedimentary belt. This work delineated 3,611 zones of high favourability, and 365 of these targets remained unstaked as at April 9, 2011. A map of the favourable zones was generated at a scale of 1:500,000 and the zones were registered in GESTIM and SIGEOM-Examine. Géologie Québec also announced that documents about new geophysical surveys in the Baie-James territory have also been published (EP 2011-03 and 04).

More than 250 people attended each of the dinner-seminars. During the dinner-seminar of May 31, the invited speaker, Mr Serge Simard, Deputy Minister of Natural resources and Wildlife, gave a presentation on the subject of: “The government’s vision for mineral resource development and promotion within the age of sustainable development.”

In the closing dinner-seminar of June 1 in Mistissini, the Grand Chief of the Grand Council of the Crees of Québec, Mr Matthew Coon Come, spoke about a number of subjects, including the recent signing of a framework agreement between the government of Québec and the Cree Nation.

The symposium achieved its main goal to improve our understanding about the vast Baie-James region and reveal its extraordinary mineral potential. The Cree-Jamesian collaboration during this historic meeting demonstrates the common desire to work together and develop this huge territory while respecting the cultural distinctiveness of each community. Symposium Mines Baie-James 2011 was a perfect fit for the current social and economic context given by the region’s mineral resource boom and the implementation of the Plan Nord.

Abstracts and presentations are available at Symposium Mines Baie-James 2011 (http://www.mrnf.gouv.qc.ca/english/mines/quebec-mines/2011-03/symposium.asp)


Québec Exploration 2011

The theme of the 9th edition of Québec Exploration will be “From Knowledge to Discovery”. As the specialists know, knowledge is the driving force behind mining exploration. Thanks to modern technologies and methods, data collected in the field can be used to identify good-quality target areas for exploration, meaning that discoveries can be made more quickly, thereby reducing the costs and impacts of exploration activities.

Québec Exploration 2011 will highlight the importance of knowledge in mining exploration, as the shortest road to discovery! More than ever before, of mining exploration stakeholders and investors will offer an ideal opportunity to meet with other experts and share scientific knowledge.

To celebrate the theme, the conference organizers have prepared a program of speeches on subjects of current interest, including:

  • New geological knowledge and the mineral potential in the geological region of Abitibi
  • Entrepreneurship and public financing: What entrepreneurs and investors think
  • Geoscience, exploration and discovery of mineral resources: an inseparable trio
  • Iron: From exploration to mining
  • Critical, strategic and high-tech minerals and metals
  • Earth sciences: The crossroads to knowledge

Québec Exploration also offers a series of workshops led by recognized professionals and eminent researchers in their respective fields. The subjec ts addressed include geosciences, Geotic software tools, technical standards and information disclosure, and the use of lithogeochemistry.

The Exhibition: An ideal place for meetings and discovery

The exhibition component of Québec Exploration is an ideal place to top up your store of knowledge.

As you visit our commercial exhibitors, you will discover their current and future projects, the latest technological advances, and the full range of products and services now available. The organizing committee is delighted to announce that some of the exhibitors will be closer at hand this year, in a new room (the Le Champlain restaurant) adjacent to the Jacques-Cartier Room, which can also be accessed from the central corridor.

Come and admire the geoscientific posters and learn more about new target areas. Because the 2011 edition of Québec Exploration is focused on the importance of knowledge for discovery, research findings will be a core element of the conference. Every year, research projects led by MRNF geologists and their government partners, research centres and universities, generate many new exploration targets.

Discussions in a relaxed atmosphere

The 2011 edition promises to renew the pleasure of some great classics, including the opening event, several cocktails, the Wednesday Gala Evening (in its new home, award presentations, and a culinary experience with Jean Soulard.

If you take the trip offered by Québec Exploration 2011, you will have an opportunity to visit the Huron-Wendat Museum. The Museum fulfills its educational role and its mission of presenting the history, culture and art of the Wendat people and other First Nations through its permanent exhibition entitled Lands, Memories and Knowledge, as well as a schedule of temporary exhibitions, theme-based workshops and other activities. The tour will be followed by a gastronomic meal at the First Nations Hotel restaurant.

The Open House Day theme: Radioactivity, A Natural Phenomenon

As you probably know, radioactivity is the energy emitted by stardust that fell to Earth many years ago, during supernova explosions and the formation of our solar system. During Open House Day and its related activities, visitors of all ages are invited to discover the different forms of radioactivity in nature.

For further details of the program, please consult Québec exploration website (http://www.quebecexploration.qc.ca/)


Géologie Québec will be at the Geomatics 2011 conference in Montréal

Once every two years, the Montréal section of the Canadian Institute of Geomatics (CIG) organizes and presents a symposium entitled “Geomatics”.

The 2011 edition of Geomatics is intended not only for public and private sector managers, but also for geomatics professionals and people unfamiliar with the subject. Participants will have an opportunity to hear experienced speakers who will talk about their recent achievements, new products and services, or their vision for the future. As in previous years, the symposium will include a commercial exhibition with 50 exhibitors. However, the event becomes more elaborate each time it is presented, and this year there will also be an innovation showcase, two lunchtime conferences with prestigious speakers, as well as demonstrations of commercial products and services. Most of the major stakeholders from Québec’s geomatics and information technology field will be attending.

The Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune (MRNF) is a leading stakeholder in the field of geomatics, as both a user and a developer. It will be very active and highly visible at the symposium, among other things with a booth covering roughly 1,000 square feet. Most of the MRNF’s sectors and some of its ministerial partners will also be represented.

Géologie Québec will be part of the ministerial team. It will present the latest version of SIGEOM, and will be sharing its geomatics knowledge with other participants. The symposium will also allow it to compare its own achievements with those of other stakeholders, and to continue its technology watch activities in the field of geomatics.

The 2011 symposium will take place on October 12 and 13, 2011, at the Montréal Bonaventure Hilton Hotel.

For further information, please visit Geomatics 2011 (http://www.geomatique2011.com/index.php?lang=en)