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QUÉBEC MINES: IMPACT OF THE 2014 CONGRESS

Gladys Chamberland
Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles

The dust has barely settled (along, perhaps, with a little snow and cold) on Québec Mines 2014—and already work is underway to plan for Québec Mines 2015. Before turning the page officially, however, let’s look quickly at the impact of Québec Mines 2014 and the results of the on-line survey conducted in December and January to measure participant satisfaction, and also gather the opinions of participants and non-participants concerning various aspects of the Congress.  

A strong turnout

More details on the survey

  • The survey was on line from December 19, 2014 to January 24, 2015
  • It comprised 49 questions
  • 211 respondents completed the survey: thank you!

In all, 2,250 people took part in the various activities organized during Québec Mines 2014, an increase of 350 people, or 18%, compared with 2013. Obviously, the Congress program, with 80 presentations during 15 sessions featuring 3 themes, offered participants a wide range of choices. The survey showed that a majority of respondents, or 86%, were satisfied or very satisfied with the conference program, and 88% with the topics addressed; the rates are stable compared to 2013, tending to indicate that the program was tailored to participants’ needs.

Around 136 commercial exhibitors and 100 geoscientific and institutional exhibitors set up in the Québec Mines 2014 exhibition hall, an increase compared to Québec Mines 2013, but still below the record of almost 300 exhibitors in 2012. Still, 75% of respondents stated that they were satisfied or very satisfied with the exhibition activities in general, an 11% improvement compared to 2013, probably due to the return of the trade show. For the Québec Mines team, this is a step in the right direction, but still leaves room for improvement in 2015.

Québec Mines Discovery, and the open-door event which lasted for half a day, also attracted a lot of people: 2,500 school students from the greater Québec City area and around 300 members of the public. Almost 90% of the respondents in the survey stated that they found the Discovery component, designed to raise the profile of the mining sector among citizens and elementary and secondary school students, either relevant or very relevant. Since the first Québec Mines Discovery activity in 2012, this rate has increased each year by a few percentage points.

A strong foundation for the future

The 2014 event provided an opportunity to consolidate the Congress formula and extend its scope. The international component involved around twenty different countries and three international conference sessions as part of the Entretiens Jacques Cartier. Networking activities were organized with Korean companies; 48e Nord internationa organized around 40 networking sessions including over 200 business meetings with help from five international partners; and a seminar was presented on the opportunities offered by the mining sector in Sweden and Scandinavia. Some respondents in the survey mentioned the lack of information on international activities prior to the Congress, and the organizing committee has made a careful note of this! We can already confirm that some of the partners involved in the international component (such as 48e Nord international and ICM) will be back in 2015, after appreciating the experience and finding that they could make a relevant contribution.

Several First Nations representatives were present and played a key role in discussions, especially during the True North Treasure Initiative. The First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Economic Development Commission (FNQLEDC) held its annual general meeting in parallel with the Congress and intends to make this an annual tradition.

The Québec Mines program was extended to include two new categories of activities in 2014: business development and networking. The activities were organized in cooperation with organizations in the sector, and some were highly specialized, such as the business development activities organized by Groupe MISA, which turned out to be a great success (see this article on the topic). Overall, 77% of respondents said they were satisfied or very satisfied with the business development activities, and the same percentage stated that they considered the activities a relevant addition to the Congress.

The last word

The figures (and the Québec Mines 2014 participants) have the last word here: 85% of the respondents in the survey said they were satisfied (64%) or very satisfied (21%) with their experience at Québec Mines 2014. This represents a 15% increase in the satisfaction rate compared to 2013, and it goes without saying that the Québec Mines team is extremely proud of this achievement and intends to do even better in 2015!

Mark the dates for Québec Mines 2015 on your calendar now: November 23 to 26.

Québec Mines 2014 in images

 

Luc Blanchette, Minister for Mining, launches Québec Mines.

 

Pierre Arcand, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and Minister responsible for the Northern Plan, at the networking lunch for the Northern Plan.


 

Robert Marquis, President and CEO of Institut national des mines, at the opening of the workshop “The Mining Industry and the Education Sector: A Winning Synergy”. Read the report from the workshop.

 

The first plenary session on northern development at Québec Mines brought together Frédéric Verreault from Chantiers Chibougamau, Pierre Corbeil, Mayor of Val-d’Or, and Ugo Lapointe, from Coalition pour que le Québec ait meilleure mine. They all had an opportunity to present their concerns and hopes for mining development.


 

The first raw diamonds from Stornoway Diamonds’ mine in Québec were publicly exhibited for the first time on Wednesday and attracted a lot of admirers!

 

The CAE Terra simulator was an impressive sight.


 

The True North Treasure Initiative – Labrador Trough activity, promoting Aboriginal involvement in the development of northern Québec, was a great success.

 

The geoscientific contest created four winners. Each received a gift voucher and a trophy containing a Kimberlite sample from Stornoway Diamonds’ Renard project. See more details on the winners


 

The conference given by McCarthy Tétrault partner Jean Charest, on mineral development in West Africa and business opportunities for Québec, was very popular.

 

The winning team from the Québec Mines Explo Challenge Contest: Véronique Lafrance, Alexandre Munger and Marie-Odile Chartier from Université du Québec à Chicoutimi. See more details on the winners

 

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