Québec Exploration 2011 – An Outstanding Final Event!
By Gladys Chamberland
The 2011 Québec Exploration event, held as usual in November, was the last in its line. It is not without a little sadness, then, that we look back at a congress that broke all records.
The 2011 edition of Québec Exploration, Québec’s annual mineral exploration congress, was outstanding for several reasons. A reflection of the mining industry’s current vigour, a record number of participants converged on the Château Frontenac hotel for three days of papers, workshops, meetings and discussions based on the theme From knowledge to discovery!
In all, 2900 people, including 2312 registered congress participants, took part in the various activities making up the annual event, a 23% increase compared to 2010. Almost 15% of participants came from outside Québec: 319 from the other Canadian provinces and territories, and 39 from outside Canada. This was in addition to the 36 presenters and panellists who discussed current topics with the participants, and also 175 exhibitors from government, industry and education who took part in poster sessions and presented their products and services.
The highpoints of the congress included an address by the honorary chairman, Michel Gauthier, mineral prospecting professor at UQAM, and the open-door day on Thursday, which was a huge success. Over 300 elementary and secondary school students from the region, along with 270 members of the public, came to find out more about Québec’s mineral resources. Last, a visit from the Premier of Québec, Jean Charest, and his speech about the Plan Nord brought Québec Exploration 2011 to a successful conclusion.
The Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune annual event will change in 2012
In 2012, the Ministry’s annual event will expand. It will take place at the Québec City convention centre, under a new name and a revamped format, from November 26 to 29, 2012, on the theme Of Mines and Men.
For more information about the congress,