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Québec Mines International: A diverse program that brings Québec together with the rest of the world

Gladys Chamberland and Jean-Yves Labbé
Ministère des Ressources naturelles

The 2013 edition of Québec Mines is going international! A very special series of activities will be organized to promote Québec’s expertise in different fields of interest to an international audience. For organizations and companies from Québec, this will be an excellent opportunity to forge contacts with a variety of stakeholders from different countries, throughout the Congress.

The aim of this first edition of the Québec Mines international component is to expand both the Congress client base and the number of opportunities for Québec participants to forge contacts and create networks. In this first international experience, the focus has been placed on the French-speaking African countries.

The activities include a conference session on the social aspects of mine development. Among other things, the session will address issues such as social responsibility and the application of standards such as BNQ 21000, proposed by the Bureau de normalisation du Québec. A session organized jointly with the Institut national des mines will present the supply of education in Québec that may be of interest to international delegates. Participants will also have an opportunity to learn about the mining training services available in Québec

Another session of the international component will focus specifically on the public framework for mine development in Québec. It will address three main subjects, namely the principal elements of the Mining Act, the principal elements of mine taxation and the role of the Ministère des Ressources naturelles in acquiring and circulating geo-scientific information.

The international component of Québec Mines 2013 also includes sessions designed to provide an overview of foreign market potential for Québec firms, and to present the realities of doing business abroad. Like all other Québec Mines activities, these sessions will be open to all Congress participants, in order to promote discussion.

Honorary Ambassador of Québec Mines international 2013: Ms. Fatimata Dia

Ms. Dia is a well-known environmental jurist who has been involved, among other things, in preparing United Nations multilateral agreements on the environment (the Rio generation). Her presence as Honorary Ambassador will help strengthen the connection between the Institut de la Francophonie pour le développement durable and the Government of Québec, and will undoubtedly help to launch the first edition of the Québec Mines international component. Ms. Dia is Executive Director of the Institut de la Francophonie pour le développement durable.

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Lots of interest in the International Forum of Young Leaders in Responsible Mine Development

Québec Mines 2013 will host the first-ever International Forum of Young Leaders in Responsible Mine Development, which will give young French-speaking participants aged 18 to 35 a better understanding of the mining industry’s needs and challenges. They will also have an opportunity to express their views and talk about their experience and expertise.

The Forum, organized in collaboration with the Office franco-québécois pour la jeunesse, will bring together postgraduate students and young employees from the public and private sectors, to encourage future French-speaking mining industry leaders to attend the Québec Mines Congress.

Following an international call for applications earlier this summer, more than 100 people from 20 countries (mostly French-speaking) applied to attend the Forum. A selection committee composed of representatives from the Government and partners will examine all the applications and select the successful candidates. The Forum will be attended by roughly 30 participants from Québec, France and other countries, including the French-speaking African countries. 

The young leaders chosen to attend will be able to take part in all the Québec Mines activities, including those of the international component and the various activities taking place around the Congress. In addition, a round table will be organized specifically for them, to promote discussion of exemplary practices and examine the potential for collaboration when facing the many challenges associated with responsible mine development.

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