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Québec Mines 2012: a must attend event for the mining industry!

The geoscience and mining community is expected in large numbers at Québec Mines 2012, a conference organized by the Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune, to be held November 26-29 at the Québec City Convention Centre. A number of key partners are involved in this crossroads of geoscience and mineral resources, including the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM), Québec Mining Association (QMA) and the Comité sectoriel de main-d’œuvre de l’industrie des mines (CSMO mines). Québec Mines 2012 is a world-class event that will meet or exceed everyone’s expectations.

Presided over by honorary chair Dominique Dionne, chair of the QMA board of directors, the conference will have the theme “Of Mines and Men.”

Technical program


Monday, November 26 will be workshop day. Workshops will explore a wide range of themes, from the geology of northern Quebec and basic concepts in metallurgy to evaluating mining potential using geoscience databases and tools such as Esri’s ModelBuilder. Stop by regularly at the Québec Mines 2012 website to see the latest additions to the program.


The following days, November 27, 28 and 29, will feature a plenary session and six conference sessions running in two different rooms. Participants will have plenty to choose from, to say the least.

Tuesday, November 27

On Tuesday morning, a plenary session entitled “The New Role of the State in Mining Development” will give participants the chance to ask questions and get answers on this subject. Topics discussed will include international trends in government involvement, how Québec compares to other jurisdictions and the future role of Ressources Québec (MRNF) and the government corporation Société québécoise d’exploration minière (SOQUEM) in this new model.

In the afternoon, attendees can chose between two sessions, one presenting the results of fieldwork by Géologie Québec in various regions of the province and the other discussing recent developments in the field of metallurgy that may have direct repercussions on mineral exploration, entitled “The New Metallurgy of Classical Substances and the Impacts for Exploration.“

Wednesday, November 28

Four conference sessions will be held on Wednesday. In the morning, “The Metallurgy of New Substances of Interest” will deal with the processing of strategic substances such as rare earth metals and lithium, while “The Geoscientific and Mining Issues of Northern Development” will tackle issues related to exploration and development activities in a northern environment.

In the afternoon, these sessions will be followed by two open to the general public under the Québec Mines for all program. The first, “The Socio-Economic Issues of Northern Development,” will focus on social issues related to northern development while the second, “Mines Past and Present,” will look at changes to the Québec mining sector over the years.

Thursday, November 29

On Thursday morning, a geoscience-oriented session, “The Metallogeny of New Deposit Types,” will profile the geological characteristics of certain increasingly sought-after deposit types, while the second session. “Green Mining,” will discuss recent breakthroughs made in reducing the environmental impacts of mining operations.

Environmental concerns will again be in the spotlight in the afternoon, with the session “Restoration and Mining.” Lastly, “The Challenges of Mining Low-Grade Deposits” will deal with the specific issues involved in high-volume mining projects, which have become increasingly popular.  

Québec Mines for all

Whether you are a student, jobseeker or ordinary citizen, Québec Mines for All is for you, whether you are looking for information on mining development in Québec or job opportunities in this rapidly expanding industry (including prospects in northern Québec) or just want to know more about the world of mines and minerals. This event features a half-day open house, employment fair and activities for school groups and will be a meeting place for all those interested in mining and earth sciences. Over 3,000 people are expected to attend!

For more information, visit our website. The website will de updated regularly with new information.

We look forward to seeing you at the Québec City Convention Centre on November 26-29, 2012.


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