Our mission

Enter into dialogue with the public in order to further increase the transparency of the mining industry and demonstrate its contribution to the sustainable development of Quebec.

The MinesQC.com initiative

MinesQC.com is an online space for questions and answers, information and conversations about the Quebec mining industry. It is an initiative of Minalliance. Each citizen who has questions or opinions on the social, environmental and economic aspects of the Quebec mining industry is invited to express them on the platform. Questions and comments will be forwarded to industry representatives, researchers and independent experts to provide you with answers as soon as possible. These answers will be shared publicly through the MinesQC.com platform.

We hope that this space for information, open discussions and transparency becomes the reference point for all citizens wishing to be informed about the Quebec mining industry.

Partners

Prospectors and developers association of Canada(PDAC)

The Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) represents the interests of the Canadian mineral exploration and development industry. The association was established in 1932 in response to a proposed government regulation that threatened the livelihood of Ontario prospectors.

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Québec Mineral Exploration Association(QMEA)

The mission of the Québec Mineral Exploration Association (QMEA) is to foster the development, implementation and circulation of cutting-edge exploration practices, and thereby to contribute in a sustainable and responsible fashion to economic and social development. The AEMQ has more than 130 corporate members and 900 individual members from all segments of the mineral exploration industry in Québec and Canada.

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Mining Association of Canada(MAC)

The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) is the trusted national voice of Canada's mining and mineral processing industry. Since 1935, the association has supported and promoted one of Canada's most integral economic sectors, providing leadership, sharing resources and continuing to build, strengthen and engage Canada's mining industry through advocacy, stewardship and collaboration.

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Québec Mining Association(QMA)

The Québec Mining Association is a provincial organization representing Québec’s mining industry. Its members include mining companies operating in Québec, industrial mineral producers, junior exploration companies and contractors.

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Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum(CIM)

The Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM), the leading technical society of professionals associated with the Canadian minerals and materials industry, has 11,000 members from industry, government and academia who are dedicated to the discovery, production, utilization and economics of minerals, metals and petroleum.

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Adventure Gold(AGE)

Adventure Gold Inc. is a Canadian mining exploration company focused on the discovery of high quality gold deposits in the Abitibi Greenstone Belt located in north-western Quebec and north-eastern Ontario: one of the richest gold deposit areas in the world. Adventure Gold holds quality assets in Val d'Or, Timmins West as well as along the Casa-Berardi-Cameron and Detour Lake Gold Breaks. The Company is led by a focused and experienced management team and a technical team with exploration to production experience.

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Century Iron Mines Corporation

Century Iron Mines Corporation is a mineral exploration company with interests in mineral exploration properties located in the Provinces of Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador.

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Commerce Ressources Corporation

Commerce Resources Corp. is an exploration and development company with a particular focus on tantalum, niobium and rare metal deposits with a potential for economic grades and large tonnages. the company is specifically focused on the development of its Upper Fir tantalum and niobium deposit in British Columbia, Canada.

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Donner Metals

Donner Metals Ltd is a Canadian development and exploration company focused on base and precious metal projects in Québec.

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Eastmain Ressources(ER)

Eastmain Resources Inc. is a Canadian exploration company, actively exploring for gold and base metal deposits within Eastern Canada. Eastmain owns 100% of the Eau Claire gold deposit and has significant land holdings covering key geology adjacent to the Eléonore discovery and the Eastmain gold mine.

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Azimut Exploration

Azimut Exploration Inc. is a Canadian mineral exploration company specializing in project generation. Its objective is to discover major ore deposits, using an innovative targeting methodology combined with considerable exploration know-how.

Azimut’s portfolio includes 32 exploration properties for gold, uranium, copper and rare earths in mining-friendly Québec, making it the top claim-holder in the province.

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Goldcorp Projet Éléonore

Goldcorp is one of the world’s fastest-growing, lowest-cost senior gold producers, with operations and development projects located in politically stable jurisdictions throughout the Americas. A Canadian company headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Goldcorp employs more than 18,000 people worldwide.

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Hecla Québec

Hecla Québec is a division of Hecla Mining Company, a leading U.S. producer of silver established since 1891. Hecla Québec owns the Casa Berardi mine located in Abitibi-Ouest in the province of Québec, which employs more than 550 employees. Hecla Québec also has a portfolio of exploration projects at different stages of development in the region of Abitibi-Témiscamingue and Nord-du-Québec.

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MDN

MDN INC. is a Canadian mining company focused on the discovery and development of new gold deposits which can provide superior returns to shareholders.

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Midland Exploration

Midland is a dynamic and aggressive mineral exploration company focused on gold, base metals and REE mine discoveries in the province of Québec. the company has been listed on the TSX Venture Exchange since March 2007. Midland is led by an experienced, highly respected management and technical adviser team with a proven track record in mineral discovery.

Midland is seeking partnership opportunities for its mineral exploration activities. the company recently signed major option agreements with Osisko Mining Corporation and North American Palladium Limited for its Dunn and Laflamme gold projects, and with Agnico-Eagle Mines Ltd. for its gold properties located in the James Bay area and in the resource-rich Cadillac mining camp in the Abitibi region. Midland also generated a new rare earth project near the Strange Lake REE deposit area in Northern Québec, and it signed a strategic agreement for the project with Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation. Finally, Midland recently signed a new agreement for its Gatineau Zinc project with Zincore Metals.

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Quest Rare Minerals(« Quest »)

Quest Rare Minerals Ltd. (“Quest”) is a Canadian-based development company focused on the advancement of its flagship Strange Lake property (rare earth-zirconium-niobium) in northeastern Québec. Quest is publicly listed on the TSX and NYSE MKT as “QRM” and is led by a highly-experienced management and technical team with a proven track record. Quest believes that its Strange Lake project has the potential to become an important long-term supplier of rare earth elements (REE). Quest’s ongoing exploration program led to the doubling of resource tonnage of the B-Zone deposit on the Strange Lake property. In 2012, Quest filed an updated National Instrument 43-101 Indicated and Inferred Resource Estimate for the B-Zone deposit, and in October 2013, Quest announced the results of a Pre-Feasibility Study (PFS) for the B-Zone deposit. In addition, Quest has announced the discovery of an important new area of REE mineralization on its Misery Lake project, approximately 120 km south of the Strange Lake project in northeastern Québec, and is advancing the Misery Lake project. Quest continues to pursue high-value project opportunities throughout North America.

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Abcourt Mines

Abcourt Mines Inc. is an exploration and development company with strategically located properties in northwestern Quebec, Canada.

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Virginia Mines

Virginia Mines is one of Québec’s most active exploration companies, with one of the biggest annual budgets. Virginia is also one of the leading owners of mining properties in Québec. The firm has developed its own unique exploration strategy that is recognized internationally. This ensures a long-term presence for Virginia in Québec. The strategy consists of five points: a focus on Québec, diversification, partnerships, expertise and financial strength.

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Nemaska Lithium

Nemaska Lithium Inc. is involved in mining activities in the James Bay region of Northern Québec, Canada. This is an area where mine exploration and investment are booming and growing steadily.

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Northern Superior Resources

Northern Superior (TSX-V: SUP) is focused on exploring its two marquee mineral properties: Croteau Est, west-central Québec and TPK, northwestern Ontario. The gold- mineralized CBSZ shear zone of the Croteau Est property returned a number of excellent intersections including 75.44 g/t Au over 4.8 m. The 2013 exploration program over the rest of the 30 km long by 20 km wide property identified a number of additional exploration targets. Several of these will be tested through a reverse circulation program during the first and second quarters of 2014.

The second largest gold grain-in till dispersal apron in North America exists on the eastern part of the TPK project. Similar gold grain anomalies in other gold districts have consistently proven to represent an amalgamated response from a cluster of gold zones, indicating a large gold system or district than a single gold zone. A gold grain-in-till corridor exists in the western part of the property, at the head of which is a mineralized greenstone belt. Boulders assaying up to 727 g/t Au, 111 g/t Ag and 4.02% copper were recovered from within this corridor.

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Oceanic Iron Ore Corp.

Oceanic is focused on the development of the Ungava Bay iron property in Nunavik, Québec. The property comprises three project areas: Hopes Advance, Morgan Lake and Roberts Lake, which cover over 300 kilometres of iron formation and are located within 20 – 50 km of tidewater.

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SEMAFO

SEMAFO is a Canadian-based mining company with gold production and exploration activities in West Africa. the company currently operates three gold mines: the Mana Mine in Burkina Faso, the Samira Hill Mine in Niger and the Kiniero Mine in Guinea.

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Stornoway Diamond Corporation

Stornoway Diamond Corporation is a leading Canadian diamond exploration and development company. In addition to maintaining a large portfolio of grassroots exploration and four advanced stage properties in Canada, Stornoway has a 50% interest in the Renard Project which has the potential to become Québec's first diamond mine.

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Vior

Vior is engaged in the exploration and development of quality gold and base metal properties in proven and accessible mining areas of Québec, using advanced exploration techniques.

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Virginia Energy Resources

Virginia Energy Resources Inc. is a uranium development and exploration company. The Company holds a 100% stake in the advanced stage Coles Hill uranium project in Virginia, USA. Additionally, the Company holds uranium exploration properties in the Otish Basin of Quebec.

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Agnico-Eagle

Agnico-Eagle is a Canadian-based gold producer with operations in Canada, Finland and Mexico, and exploration and development activities in Canada, Finland, Mexico and the United States. Its LaRonde mine is Canada’s largest operating gold mine in terms of reserves. Agnico-Eagle has full exposure to higher gold prices, consistent with its policy of no-forward gold sales. It has paid a cash dividend for 28 consecutive years.

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ArcelorMittal Mines Canada

ArcelorMittal Mines Canada is one of Canada’s leading suppliers of iron ore to steel markets around the world, generating some 40% of Canada’s total production. As both a mining and primary processing company, it operates extensive facilities in the province of Québec.

ArcelorMittal Mines Canada produces close to 15 million tonnes of iron ore concentrate and over 9 million tonnes of iron oxide pellets annually.

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Canada Lithium Corporation

Canada Lithium Corp., a "clean-tech" mine developer is constructing an open-pit lithium carbonate mine and processing plant near Val d'Or, Quebec to meet the growing needs of the emerging global market for electric and hybrid electric vehicles, as well as grid-storage solutions.

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Cliffs

Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. is an international mining and natural resources company. Cliffs is the largest producer of iron ore pellets in North America.

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Glencore

Glencore mining operations include mines and processing facilities in Ontario and Québec, Canada; a ferronickel mine and processing facility in Bonao, Dominican Republic; high-grade sulphide mines and a processing facility in Western Australia; and a refinery in Kristiansand, Norway. Xstrata Nickel also has a highly promising portfolio of growth projects, including Koniambo in New Caledonia, Kabanga in Tanzania, and Araguaia in Brazil.

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Hecla Mining Company

Hecla Québec is a division of Hecla Mining Company, a leading U.S. producer of silver established since 1891. Hecla Québec owns the Casa Berardi mine located in Abitibi-Ouest in the province of Québec, which employs more than 550 employees. Hecla Québec also has a portfolio of exploration projects at different stages of development in the region of Abitibi-Témiscamingue and Nord-du-Québec.

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IAMGOLD

IAMGOLD is a leading mid-tier gold mining company producing approximately 1 million ounces annually from seven gold mines on three continents. IAMGOLD is focusing its efforts on growth to produce 1.8 million ounces of gold annually by 2012. IAMGOLD is uniquely positioned with a strong financial base and the management and operational expertise to achieve its intensive growth objectives. IAMGOLD concentrates its activities in West Africa, the Guiana Shield in South America and Québec, where it has a range of development and exploration projects under way. It continues to assess accretive acquisition opportunities in line with its strategy.

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SEMAFO

SEMAFO is a Canadian-based mining company with gold production and exploration activities in West Africa. The company currently operates three gold mines: the Mana Mine in Burkina Faso, the Samira Hill Mine in Niger and the Kiniero Mine in Guinea.

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Abitibi Geophysics

Abitibi Geophysics works in the field of geophysics applied to mining exploration.

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COREM

COREM is a non-profit organization with a mission to improve the competitiveness of industrial operations through development and transfer of technological innovations that are consistent with sustainable development objectives.

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Fasken Martineau

Fasken Martineau is one of the world's leading international business law and litigation firms. With over 650 lawyers, the firm has offices in Canada, the United Kingdom, France and South Africa. Our practice includes every sector of business, industry and government.

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Heli Explore

Expertise in: mining exploration; remote and northern regions; forest fire fighting; forest and wildlife stewardship; line patrol, hydroelectric dike and dam inspection.

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La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec is a financial institution which primarily manages public and private pensions and insurance funds. As of June 30th 2013, it held net assets of 185.9 billion dollars. One of the largest institutional fund managers in Canada, the Caisse invests in major financial markets, as well as in private equity investments, in infrastructure and in real estate around the world.

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Fonds de solidarité FTQ

With net assets of more than $7 billion, the Fonds de solidarité FTQ is a development capital fund that puts to work the savings of all Quebecers. It invests in Québec’s small and medium-size businesses, with the aim of stimulating the province’s economy as well as creating and maintaining jobs in Québec. One of its objectives is also to make workers aware of the need to save for retirement.

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McCarthy Tétrault

McCarthy Tétrault is a Canadian law firm that delivers integrated business law, litigation services, tax law, real property law, labour and employment law nationally and globally through offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montréal and Québec City, as well as London, UK.

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Metso

Metso is a global supplier of technology and services to customers in the process industries, including mining, construction, pulp and paper, power, and oil and gas. Our 30,000 professionals based in over 50 countries deliver sustainability and profitability to customers worldwide. Expect results.

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PricewaterhouseCoopers

In Canada, PricewaterhouseCoopers has more than 5,200 partners and staff in 23 locations from St. John’s, Newfoundland, to Vancouver, British Columbia. Now celebrating 100 years of excellence in Canada, PricewaterhouseCoopers provides industry-focused assurance, and advisory and tax services for public, private and government clients in four areas:

• corporate accountability • risk management • structuring, and mergers and acquisitions • performance and process improvement

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Roche, Groupe-conseil

Roche Ltd, Consulting Group is a skilled and devoted multidisciplinary team with no other objective in mind than the success of its clients projects. They are one of the top Canadian engineering-construction firms, with an international network of experts in all engineering and consulting fields.

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Desjardins SecuritiesVMD

Desjardins Securities (VMD), the brokerage firm of Desjardins Group, has been offering a growing range of products and services tailored to individuals, corporate and institutional investors since 1991.

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Xplora Mines

Founded by Marc Pothier, Xplora Mines provides legal services for the mining, corporate finance and securities sectors.

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Board of directors

Isabelle Poirier

Executive director

Mother of three teenagers, I juggle my family life and my career. I have worked for over 15 years in the fields of business intelligence, communications and marketing for the economic development, industrial development and tourism sectors. I am also a conference speaker on the use of social media and the web for business and academia.

Normand Champigny

Chair, board of directors

Father of a teenager and a young adult, I maintain a balance between my family life and my professional life by running and practicing judo! I am the president of Donner Metals, a Canadian exploration and development company that focuses primarily on base and precious metals projects in Quebec. I have been involved in many facets of the industry, including engineering and project management and evaluation.

Brent Bergeron

Brent Bergeron

Director

I was appointed Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs of Goldcorp in September 2012. I am responsible for Goldcorp’s government and stakeholder relations. I have 20 years of experience from various Canadian and international companies. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts degree in Economics from Carleton University in Ottawa.

Christian Bourcier

Christian Bourcier

Director

Graduate of l’École Polytechnique de Montreal, I have nearly 20 years of experience in the mining industry. Employed at Hecla Quebec since August 2007, I currently hold the position of Vice President and General Manager of the Casa Berardi Mine.

Alain Cauchon

Director

Father of two and grandfather of six grandchildren, I am proud to play therole of patriarch. I served on various boards within different organizations and institutions. I have worked in the mining sector for 25 years and am currently the Head of Business Systems and Leadership for the Americas at ArcelorMittal Mines. I also serve as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Quebec Mining Association and a director on the Board of Directors of the Mining Association of Canada.

Dale Coffin

Dale Coffin

Director

I have been the Director of Communications and Public Affairs for Agnico Eagle since 2010. With more than 28 years of experience in the mining and energy industries, I have gained extensive experience in communications and public affairs, reputation management and community relations. I hold a degree in Public Relations from Humber College in Toronto.

Valérie Fillion

Valérie Fillion

Director

I have been the Executive Director of the Quebec Mineral Exploration Association (AEMQ) since January 2011. For the past 25 years, I have worked in partnership with the mineral industry in the fields of production, exploration and as an independent consultant. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Geology from the University of Montreal.

Jean M. Gagné

Jean M. Gagné

Director

I am a partner with the law firm, Fasken Martineau and have represented several major companies in the mining industry over the past 25 years. I specialize in business law, specifically in the area of mergers and acquisitions and public and private financing in the mining and forestry areas as well as in the drafting of commercial contracts.

Benjamin Little

Benjamin Little

Director

I lead the Global Corporate Affairs Program at IAMGOLD, a global gold company with operations in West Africa, South America and Canada. I graduated from Queen's University and Oxford University (Master of Philosophy, International Relations and Commonwealth Scholar) as well as from The University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law.

Jean-Marc Lulin

Director

I am at the head of Azimut Exploration, a Quebec mining exploration company. My professional experience was acquired in North America, Africa and Europe. With a Ph.D. in Economic Geology, my field of expertise includes the prospective analysis of mineral potential, risk analysis and global issues related to the mining industry. Married and father of two young adults, I am passionate about nature, whether it be that of home or of the far reaches of the planet.

Josée Méthot

Josée Méthot

Director

Passionate, I thrive on new challenges and new experiences. Having worked in various sectors, especially in non-profit organizations (NPOs) or municipal and corporate sectors, I have developed expertise in environment and management of NPOs. As President and CEO of the Quebec Mining Association, I am pleased to put my experience to work for the benefit of our members.

Dany Pelletier

Director

As the father of three soccer enthusiasts, you know where to find me after work! I am Director, Investments for Large Corporations and Development Capital at the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec.

Ghislain Poirier

Director

Vice President of Public Affairs at Stornoway, one of Canada’s largest diamond exploration and development companies, I have worked in the mining sector for nearly 30 years. I am also on the board of the Quebec Mineral Exploration Association. I am a graduate in Geological Engineering from l’Université Laval and I have a Master of Arts in Geology from l'Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM).

Mathieu Savard

Director

Father of two young children and husband to a wonderful woman, I take advantage of every opportunity to be with them. I currently hold the position of Senior Project Geologist at Virginia Mines, a leader in mining exploration in Quebec. There’ I’ve had the opportunity to lead the Eleanor and Coulon projects. I’m also on the board of the Quebec Mineral Exploration Association.

Jean-François Verret

Jean-François Verret

Director

Father of a boy, I'm looking forward to the day he’ll lace up his first pair of skates, as I did before him. I am the Director of Strategy, Projects and Public Affairs Officer of Glencore Raglan Mine. I gained my professional experience in mining operations, business development, project management and communications and public affairs in North America, Africa and Australia.