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PDAC 2016: An international showcase to promote mining in Québec

Jancimon Reid
Ministère de l'Énergie et des Ressources naturelles

The Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) held its 84th Congress in Toronto on March 6 to 8, 2016.

As in previous years, the Québec Government was well-represented at the event, which attracted roughly 22,000 participants from 100 countries. Specialists from the Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles (MERN) ran Québec’s stand, promoting the province’s mineral potential and presenting the conditions it offers for mining development. The Société du Plan Nord, DIVEX, SIDEX, the Aboriginal Mining Fund and SOQUEM were also on site.

Luc Blanchette, Québec’s Minister for Mines, took advantage of this international showcase to promote the business opportunities available in Québec’s mining development sector. He also reminded participants of the importance the Québec Government ascribes to responsible mining development. The PDAC Congress, one of the largest in the world, was also an ideal opportunity for the Minister to unveil some of the elements of the Strategic Vision for Mining Development, published on March 15, 2016.

Throughout the three-day event, the Minister took part in a number of activities, including a networking event attended by potential investors and representatives from Québec’s exploration companies, and another event focusing specifically on the Plan Nord. At the Franco-Mine lunch, he spoke to delegations from a number of African countries including Mali, Burkina Faso and Madagascar. He also delivered a presentation on the business environment in Québec’s mining sector to an audience composed of trade delegates from Global Affairs Canada.

Québec Investment Opportunities Reception

In addition to attending activities on the PDAC program, Mr. Blanchette also visited many of the 900 stands at the event’s exhibition and met with representatives from some of the 50 exhibitor companies from Québec.

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