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The Ministère des Ressources naturelles
supports Research and Innovation

The new NSERC/Agnico-Eagle Industrial Research Chair in Mineral Exploration

The Ministère des Ressources naturelles (MRN) is providing $20,000 a year for five years to support the creation of the NSERC/Agnico-Eagle Industrial Research Chair in Mineral Exploration.  

This project will build up expertise that is missing in mineral exploration. The creation of this Chair will foster the development of exploration methods based on indicator minerals to discover the next generation of gold deposits, as well as the training of highly qualified personnel. Note that this expertise is now in demand, not only in the industry but also in government agencies responsible for understanding geoscience and for mapping Québec and Canada.

Professor Georges Beaudoin, of Université Laval’s Department of Geology and Geological Engineering, is the Chairholder. An internationally recognized expert, Professor Beaudoin has a proven track record in carrying out innovative research and training highly qualified personnel. His reputation has also allowed him to play a significant role as a session chair and Emeritus lecturer at events organized by the MRN. His expertise was key to the conference program’s success.

News from the UQAT-UQAM Chair in Mining Entrepreneurship

The UQAT-UQAM Chair in Mining Entrepreneurship is an initiative of the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT), the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and the Ministère des Ressources Naturelles (MRN). The Chair in itself is an innovative partnership initiative that brings together experts from many disciplines of management and earth sciences, including the co-holders of the Chair, two world-class researchers, Suzanne Durand of UQAT and Michel Jébrak of UQAM. The Chair also relies on the expertise of entrepreneurs, managers and professionals from various backgrounds.

Since 2011, the MRN’s support has been represented by a budget of $150,000 per year for five years. In 2012, several research results were presented. For example, a study on the governance of junior exploration companies showed that 98% of company presidents have a university education and 44% are geologists. In addition, the book 100 innovations dans le secteur minier (100 Innovations in the Mining Industry), published by Minalliance, was quickly sold out and an English version was released at the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) conference in Edmonton. In terms of training, the Chair has contributed to the development and opening of a graduate microprogram in management applied to the mining industry and an executive MBA specialization, given at UQAT. It also held two seminars and two colloquiums on the topics of resource development in Aboriginal communities, governance, social responsibility, mining entrepreneurship and mining innovation.

In 2013, several projects addressing the success of exploration companies, mining entrepreneurship in Québec and the origins of mining innovations are ongoing, and others related to mining and sustainable development, as well as mine development in Northern Quebec are being developed.

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