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Québec and the Plan Nord stand out at PDAC 2012

Québec made a good showing at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) convention, held in Toronto from March 4 to 7, 2012. In addition to the always strong presence of the Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune (MRNF) at the trade show, the two-day visit to promote the Plan Nord by Québec Premier Jean Charest and the Minister for Natural Resources and Wildlife, Serge Simard, attracted a lot of interest.

A full program

Mr. Charest and Mr. Simard were very busy during their two-day visit. On Sunday night, the first day of the convention, Premier Charest said a few words of welcome at a reception for all Québecers and representatives of companies active in Québec attending the PDAC convention. In all, the event attracted about 190 people.

The following day, after breakfast with members of the business community, Mr. Charest and Mr. Simard dropped by the MRNF booth at the PDAC trade show. Mr. Charest spoke with a few MRNF specialists and with partners sharing the booth. He also visited other companies exhibiting their products and services at the show. Afterward, Mr. Charest delivered a speech to 500 people gathered by the Canadian Club of Toronto at the Royal York. The speech, covered by the media, was very much in the news the next day!

After this very successful lunch, Mr. Charest went on to meet his Ontario counterpart, Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario, after which he delivered a speech at the Investment Forum of the Canada-China Chamber of Commerce, Deloitte and Gowlings, which brought together 130 leaders of Chinese companies responsible for mineral supplies.

At the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, that afternoon, the MRNF held a Plan Nord seminar. Minister Simard inaugurated the seminar, which was attended by 190 people. The program featured five presentations focusing on mineral potential and investment potential in the area covered by the Plan Nord.

The Québec Premier’s visit to Toronto was a success, in the opinion of the main parties involved, that is, Mr. Charest and Mr. Simard. It was the result of a team effort by the Bureau du Québec à Toronto, the Ministère des Ressources Naturelles et de la Faune, Investissement Québec and the Ministère du Développement Économique, de l’Innovation et de l’Exportation!

Meanwhile, at the MRNF booth...

From Sunday, March 4, to Wednesday, March 7, more than 10,000 people visited the space reserved by the Québec government. They were welcomed by representatives of the Mines branch—geologists, information system managers and other specialists in the field—and of the Plan Nord coordination branch. Finding out more about mineral potential, discovering the exploration targets revealed by MRNF experts, understanding more about Québec’s business environment and the business opportunities provided by the Plan Nord, getting answers to questions about accommodations in Québec, were some of the topics addressed during these few days.

Québec at the PDAC Convention

The PDAC convention, held every year in early March in Toronto, is the largest of its kind in the world. It brings together nearly 30,000 mining industry stakeholders from over 120 countries, and features exhibits by some 1,300 companies, associations and governments. Québec, ranked among the top five most attractive jurisdictions for mining exploration investment worldwide, according to the Fraser Institute, figured prominently with the third largest booth.

The effect of the Québec government’s presence at the PDAC convention is felt in the number of mining claims designated during the convention period and in sales of geoscience products. There is also an average increase of 40% in sales of geoscience information during the convention. This issue of the Québec Mines bulletin also features the article “PDAC 2012: the BEGQ’s targets attracted attention” by Daniel Lamothe which illustrates these benefits. Networking and discussions at the convention are equally productive in the short to medium term.


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