Québec City, QC – Québec Mines 2014, scheduled for November 17-24, 2014, at the Québec City convention centre, expects to see 2,000 participants. Based on the theme ‘Mineral Resources to Transform the World’, the event presents a crossroads of geoscience and mineral resources.
“Québec Mines is the leading event for everyone interested in mining development in Québec. All aspects of mining are on the program: from geology to exploration, from extraction to rehabilitation, from mine engineering to environmental protection, from economy to social responsibility, and from northern development to international investment,” says Luc Blanchette, Quebec’s Minister for Mines.
The program for the event features over 100 conferences, training sessions and workshops, organized around three main themes: Economy and the Environment, Mine Operations, and Geology and Exploration.
Networking activities are also scheduled to create bridges between mining companies and enterprises offering environmental services or innovations that may be applicable in the mining sector.
A colloquium entitled Sustainable Development Challenges in the Mining Industry: the International Francophone Perspective, part of the Entretiens Jacques Cartier series, forms an integral part of the Québec Mines program. It features three conference sessions focusing on approaches and experiments to reconcile mining and sustainable development in various French-speaking countries with a range of mining backgrounds.
Several Aboriginal communities will take part in Québec Mines to discuss mining development, and a conference session will be devoted to their expectations, concerns and hopes with respect to mining. In the exhibition hall, Aboriginal communities, associations and enterprises will be grouped together in the same section to facilitate discussions. Participants will be able to attend a special session on Wednesday afternoon and a day of workshops on Thursday as part of the Canadian government’s True North Treasure Initiative – Labrador Trough, which will focus on various themes connected with northern development, including labour, business potential in Aboriginal communities, and the generation of sustainable revenue.
International segment: a strong Korean presence
In terms of international outreach, at least 10 countries will be represented at Québec Mines. Special workshops, sessions bringing together purchasers and suppliers in the field of goods and services, and networking activities organized in conjunction with the Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie and Export Québec have been added to the regular program.
Discussions and networking activities have been scheduled with Korean companies participating in the Canada-Korea Energy Forum, which will take place at the same time as Québec Mines. The forum will include a natural resources segment.
“Québec Mines will showcase Québec as a key investment destination for responsible mineral development,” says Blanchette. “Québec Mines, with its trade fair and networking opportunities, is an ideal place to make new contacts. Since many of the players involved in developing northern Québec will be on hand, participants will have an unrivalled opportunity to broaden their horizons.”
For details, visit http://www.quebecmines.mrn.gouv.qc.ca.