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Québec Mines 2014: Measuring Up to Expectations

Gladys Chamberland
Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles

Québec Mines 2014 will be the 35th gathering of the Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles (MERN) and Québec’s mining community. To underscore this anniversary, the team is delighted to offer a program that truly reflects what the Congress has become: rich, varied, relevant, mature, and of international calibre!

The Congress provides a unique opportunity for the mining sector’s artisans to review recent discoveries, learn about technological and scientific advances, and discuss current issues such as the Plan Nord and sustainable mine development. It is an ideal forum for meeting other people, finding solutions and talking business. You won’t want to miss this unique event!

A number of organizations have been involved in preparing the program, including the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM), the Association minière du Québec (AMQ), the Institut national des mines du Québec (INMQ), the Comité sectoriel de main-d'œuvre de l'industrie des mines (CSMO-Mines), Groupe MISA, 48e Nord, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, Québec International, the Association des économistes québécois and the Centre Jacques Cartier.

The quality of their commitment to Congress participants is reflected in an outstanding Québec Mines program. Some of the highlights are presented briefly below.

The Technical Program

53 new exploration targets will be revealed at Québec Mines 2014

During the summer, MERN teams discovered 53 new exploration targets for metals and minerals including gold, nickel, copper, zinc, chrome, graphite, apatite, vanadium, lithium, rare earths and kimberlites. In addition, 318 exploration targets were generated from an assessment of the orogenic gold mineralization potential in James Bay. Participants will have an opportunity to consult photographic presentations and meet with MERN geologists to obtain additional information. They will also be able to attend a session entitled “A Broader Vision of Geological Sets in Québec and New Exploration Horizons”, which will summarize the geological work done in the last five years.

The Québec Mines 2014 technical program falls under three main headings: Economy, Environment and Society, Mine Operations, and Geology and Exploration. It includes roughly 15 training sessions, several of which are recognized as continuous training by the organizations concerned.

It also includes more than 80 conferences divided into 15 sessions on subjects such as international and regional economic prospects for the mining sector, mines and Northern Aboriginal communities, mine engineering and mine restoration challenges, mine exploration (from satellite to drone), and gold mineralizations and deformations along the Cadillac Fault in Abitibi.

See the event website for full program details.

The Exhibition

A “first”: the CAE TERRA mining simulator

Come and discover the CAE Terra mining simulator at Québec Mines 2014. 

The simulator, designed and built in Montreal, is able to reproduce highly realistic usage conditions for a broad range of mining equipment.

More than 200 exhibitors from every sphere of mine development in Québec will be present in the exhibition hall. Mining companies such as Stornoway Diamonds, Glencore, Agnico Eagle, Virginia Mines, GéoMega, Vanadium Corp., Nemaska Lithium and Ariane Phosphate will all be on site, along with product and service providers such as CAE, Aérophoto, Eagle Mapping, IOS – Geoscientific Services, Moreau Nunavik / Nunavik Construction, Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies Canada, and others. Also present will be the Secrétariat au Plan Nord, the First Nations of Québec and Labrador Economic Development Commission (FNQLEDC), 48e Nord, Groupe MISA and the Institut national des mines du Québec, not to mention the exhibitors in the Government Hub and all the geoscientific exhibitors, including several prospectors.

See the list of exhibitors on the Québec Mines website.

Business and networking activities

The CIM celebration gala

The Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) will be hosting a Gala at Québec Mines 2014. It expects to welcome roughly 300 guests from Québec’s mining community for an evening of celebrations. This wonderful networking opportunity, to be held in the Hilton Québec ballroom, will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner, dancing and a silent auction. All profits from the evening will go to the CIM Foundation, which organizes educational activities and offers scholarships to help bring the mining sector to the attention of young people in Canada.

At Québec Mines 2014, there will be plenty of opportunities to talk business, find solutions and engage in networking. A number of activities will be organized to bring mining companies and order-givers into contact with environmental and optoelectronic specialists, Plan Nord stakeholders and potential investors from Québec and abroad. Examples include the workshops organized by Groupe MISA, the National Mining Institute workshop on synergy between the mining industry and the education sector, and the discussion activity organized by True North Initiative, industry and government stakeholders.

Social activities are also planned every day, to provide times of relaxation in a friendly atmosphere conducive to business discussions. They include the Icebreaker activity on the Monday, the Geococktail and Gala Evening on the Tuesday and the “Scotch and Flavours” networking evening on the Wednesday. These activities have all been designed to help you forge contacts with your peers from Québec, and to meet with representatives of other countries.

Visit the Business and Networking and Social Activities pages for further details of the activities on the program.


The Korea-Canada Energy Forum – A First in Québec

At the Korea-Canada Energy Forum, held alongside Québec Mines, representatives from government authorities, industry leaders and Korean investors will meet with Québec firms at the B2B networking session organized to publicize Québec’s mine development expertise.

The INTERNATIONAL component of Québec Mines offers many activities that are open to all participants. Several conference sessions fall under the umbrella of this component, including the Entretiens Jacques Cartier activities on sustainable development, which will welcome speakers from Québec, France, Morocco and Belgium.

The INTERNATIONAL component will also offer a number of discussion and networking opportunities at special workshops, as well as inter-company meetings for foreign order-givers and goods and service providers, organized in collaboration with the Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie, CIM, 48e Nord and Export Québec.

Among other things, a half-day seminar led by three Swedish speakers will be held on the opportunities offered by the mining sector in Sweden and Scandinavia. The seminar is open to all Québec Mines participants (registration required).

For further information on Québec Mines International activities, visit the International section of the website.

This brief overview of Québec Mines 2014 presents only a taste of what the program has in store for you! And there are still some surprises to come! If you haven’t already done so, it’s time to register! Online registration is available until November 11. After that date, you must register onsite, at the Québec City Convention Centre, from 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 16.


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