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Québec Mines 2013 - a program to suit everyone

Jean-Yves Labbé,
Ministère des Ressources naturelles

In less than five months, from November 11 to 14, the annual meeting between the mining industry and the Ministère des Ressources naturelles will take place once again. Québec Mines 2013, a veritable marketplace for the geosciences and mineral resources, will offer a quality program with great variety. Here is a taste of what to expect.

Technical program

Training

Monday, November 11, will be dedicated to training. Building on last year’s Northern Québec geology and mineral deposit workshop, this year’s similar workshop will focus on the Grenville Province. The introduction to metallurgy workshop will return to the program, as will the popular CONSOREM workshop on what’s new in exploration tools. A workshop on the use of geographic information systems in the mining industry will also be presented with the collaboration with ESRI Canada. Other workshops may be added to the program, so stay tuned through the Québec Mines website!

Workshops

Seminars on solutions to mining problems will be organized with the support of Québec International. On Monday, November 11, a workshop organized by the Cercle de l’industrie de l’optique-photonique and Québec International will examine the types of services the optics-photonics sector can offer the mining industry. And on Wednesday, November 13, it will be Québec Mines’ turn to present an activity showcasing the search for solutions. Attendees at these workshops will focus on resolving a range of problems specific to the mining industry.

Conferences

Again this year, Québec Mines will offer fascinating and enriching talks for every field of interest. In all, 12 conference sessions and a plenary session will be on the program.

Tuesday, November 12

The convention will start with a plenary session on the responsibility of the industry, governments and communities in mine development. What role must each one play to ensure harmonious development? Specialists in these matters will be on hand to give their opinions.

In the afternoon, two sessions will be on the program. As with last year, geologists from the Ministry will present the results of their annual field work in a session on new geological data from Québec. The second session will focus on the importance of innovation in the mining process, from the mapping stage to site rehabilitation.

Wednesday, November 13

Wednesday will be a full day. Six distinct thematic sessions will take place in three conference halls. A session on copper will start the day, examining issues of markets, metallogeny, mining and processing. Two sessions on mining will round out the morning program: one on geo-mechanical challenges in Québec mines, and the other on gold ore processing.

Delegates will also be pleased with the afternoon’s offerings: two technical sessions on mine engineering challenges and comminution, and a third session on the important topic of the social aspect in sustainable development and corporate responsibility.

Thursday, November 14

Four sessions will be on Thursday’s program. In the morning, the first session will address the environmental issues of sustainable development: the impact of mines on the environment, environmental monitoring, and mine site rehabilitation. The second session will focus on Quaternary geology, specifically the topics of modelling, indicator minerals, geochemical pathfinders, and other useful exploration tools.

Québec Mines will wrap up Thursday with two afternoon sessions: one on the economic aspects of sustainable development, focusing on the “sustainable” component of “non-renewable” resources, and another on alkaline intrusions, everything from exploration to restoration, by examining their geology, metallogeny, ore processing and the environmental issues related to mining their strategic commodities.

Stay informed

We invite you to visit the Québec Mines website where you will discover a new look that sets the tone for the 2013 edition. Bookmark the site and check back regularly to keep on top of the evolving program. We have some surprises in store for you!

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