Québec Mines 2012: A success from start to finish!
The first edition of the Québec Mines conference, held in Québec from November 26 to 29, 2012, was a resounding success. The conference attracted a record 6,000 participants, including 2,600 delegates, 2,300 primary and secondary school students and their teachers, nearly 800 members of the public who took advantage of the open house and about 300 job seekers. More than 300 commercial, government, geoscience and institutional exhibitors and prospectors also responded to the MRN’s invitation. This success confirms the relevance of holding a conference that brings together all of Québec’s mining industry stakeholders.
Under the theme "Of Mines and Men", a theme that focuses on the human aspect and under the honorary chairship of Dominique Dionne, Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Xstrata Nickel and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Québec Mining Association, the Québec Mines 2012 conference featured a comprehensive program, covering all aspects of mining development.
The highlights of the conference include the plenary session on where Québec stands in terms of global mining development trends; the workshop on the implementation of an international component to Québec Mines 2013; the activities of the recruitment and human resources module and those on the role of women in the mining industry; the Québec Mines EXPLO Challenge; and the release of two books, Des mines et des hommes and Notions de géologie.
Québec Mines also included:
At the conference, the MRN and the Association québécoise des sciences de la Terre (AQUEST) (Québec earth science association) also held their annual awards ceremony. Two awards recognized excellence in students in the earth sciences and mining engineering. Another prize, the Marteau d’or, was awarded to researchers for scientific work that significantly contributed to the advancement of knowledge and sustainable development in Québec. See the press release (in French) for the recipients’ names.
Québec Mines for all
Québec Mines for all, the educational, employment and general public component of Québec Mines, was also an unqualified success! Salon M4S, an interactive exhibition on mining, metals, minerals and materials, delighted thousands of students and adults. Activities included simulating the rescue of a miner in distress, operating a power shovel simulator, learning to recognize certain minerals and being photographed dressed as miners. The workshops of the employment and career fair allowed 300 participants to discover mining industry trades and professions, as well as career opportunities.
The following videos provide a summary of each day of the Québec Mines 2012 conference:
Video 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQtqymV2yLk
Video 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQwfRIxUCrI
Video 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_IZ7_cvSL0
Video 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDxP7Al7bWw
(If you have problems viewing the videos, see the Documents page of our website.)