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Québec Exploration 2011

Luc Charbonneau and Charlotte Grenier,
Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune (MRNF)

From knowledge to discovery—using this evocative theme, the ninth annual Québec Exploration convention will survey the current state of geoscientific knowledge in all regions of Québec, a key destination for mineral exploration companies.


The Québec Exploration 2011 organizing committee is proud to present a roster of high-quality speakers who will address a wide range of topics. The program has been put together to ensure that each session is relevant to a sector of activity experiencing unprecedented growth! Many internationally-renowned speakers will be part of the line-up for the 2011 event.

The program is divided into six separate sessions.

Session 1
New geological knowledge and mineral potential of the Abitibi geological region

After nearly a full century of mining, the Abitibi geological belt remains a fertile region for mineral exploration, particularly in regard to precious and common metals. The region’s mineral potential appears to be equally high for many other metals and substances, including nickel, lithium and vanadium. This session will focus on recently acquired geological knowledge of the region and its metallogenic evolution, as well as on promising discoveries and mining projects.

Session 2
Entrepreneurship and public financing: What entrepreneurs and investors think

Québec’s mineral potential attracts players from around the world, especially due to its highly competitive mining industry environment. Québec possesses all the needed expertise, along with institutions ready to support Québec mining entrepreneurship. Yet despite these advantages, Québec accounted, in 2010, for only 6 of the 149 mining companies listed on the TXS Venture Exchange. Why should this be the case? In this session, mining entrepreneurs that have been successful on the TSX Venture Exchange will share their stories, talk about managing a public corporation and help participants benefit from their experience. A panel of investors will also reveal the qualities they look for in mining entrepreneurs and business plans.

Session 3
Geoscience, exploration and discovery of mineral resources: An inseparable trio

This session will explore the contribution made by the geoscientific work of governments, universities and research groups in the discovery of new mineral deposits. The involvement of governments in the gathering of geoscientific knowledge will be assessed against the background of constantly increasing costs for mineral discoveries. In addition, the use of new conceptual and exploration models developed by university research groups and pre-competitive consortiums will be illustrated by up-to-date, concrete examples of mining industry performance.

Session 4
Iron: From exploration to mining

The price of iron ore has increased considerably over the last decade in response to growing demand. Québec’s first new iron ore mine in 30 years opened in 2009, after a long parade of closures. The year 2010 and the beginning of 2011 saw Chinese and Indian steelmakers taking equity interests in several junior mining companies active in Québec and Labrador. This session will discuss Québec and Labrador iron ore exploration and development projects, and the important role played by China in this newly effervescent market.

Session 5
Critical, strategic and high technology minerals and metals

Industrialized countries are increasingly aware that certain minerals and metals have become key to maintaining and developing hi-tech industries. Supply restrictions, export quotas, price increases, supply/demand mismatches and predicted shortages have increased interest in these substances that are now a part of our daily lives. Prospectors and mine operators are seeking sources of the minerals and metals of the future. This session will attempt to answer the vital questions of What, Where, Why, and for Whom? In sizing up the current situation, the session will discuss some of the key parts of this equation.

Session 6
Earth sciences: at a crossroads in knowledge

Earth Sciences are at the crossroads of geological, chemical, physical and biological knowledge. A multi-disciplinary approach is essential to our understanding of the history and evolution of the Earth. This lecture session will clearly and comprehensibly present examples of major scientific projects that are offering a new way to look at the planet by bringing together knowledge from a variety of disciplines. Fresh interpretation of this information is leading to a better understanding of the environment.


The geologists working for Géologie Québec have spent a busy summer. Dozens of new maps have been prepared and will be exhibited. The new analysis of lake-bottom sediments will be unveiled. Last, details on promising new target areas for mineral exploration will be released.

Priority access to this wealth of new geoscientific data will guide you along the path to new mineral discoveries.

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Québec Exploration 2011 takes the lead!

A challenging program of lectures, workshops of relevant interest for geoscientific stakeholders, interactive sessions presenting essential information about policies and regulations, an “open-door” day on the theme of radioactivity, an enticing list of social activities, and over 2000 participants: these are just a few of the reasons for attending Québec Exploration 2011. A pooling of knowledge to promote new discoveries!

Register now for the event, which will take place at the Château Frontenac hotel from November 21 to 24, 2011. For more information, go to the website:


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