Media invitation - The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal organizes a Strategic Forum on natural resources

MONTREAL, Feb. 7, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Michel Leblanc, President and CEO of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, is pleased to invite media representatives to the Board of Trade's Strategic Forum on natural resources, on Friday, February 8, 2013, at 7 a.m.

Natural resources constitute a significant source of collective wealth. At the heart of many projects across Quebec, they represent development opportunities for the communities involved and for businesses that intend to invest on these territories.

This Strategic Forum, which will be attended by Minister of Finance and the Economy, Nicolas Marceau, will give participants a chance to discover how the expertise and know-how of the city's businesses can be channelled to support resource processing, an essential driver of our economy. The Forum will be followed by a networking cocktail party, at 6 p.m., at which Martine Ouellet, Minister of Natural Resources, will be in attendance.

GUEST SPEAKERS:

INTRODUCTION

Opening remarks
Michel Leblanc, President and CEO, Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal

HOW TO MAXIMIZE LOCAL IMPACTS FROM THE METAL PROCESSING SECTOR?

Presentation of the results of the study on metals processing in the metropolitan region
Michel Leblanc, President and CEO, Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal

Steps to be taken to maximize local processing of our mineral resources
Frédéric Chevalier, General Manager, Réseau de la transformation métallique du Québec
Normand Champigny, Chair of the Board of Directors, Minalliance
Étienne Jacques, Chief Operating Officer, Rio Tinto Alcan Primary Metal, North America

PORTRAIT OF THE NEW FOREST INDUSTRY: INNOVATIONS AND BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES

Pierre Lapointe, President and CEO, FPInnovations

Renewing and enhancing Quebec Forests through genome science
John Mackay, Professor and Associate Dean, Faculty of Forestry, Geography and Geomatics, Université Laval

Yvon Pelletier, Executive Vice President and President, Specialty Cellulose and Chemical Group, Tembec

The fiber of innovation
John D. Williams, President and CEO, Domtar

THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE NATURAL GAS AND HYDROCARBON SECTOR IN QUEBEC

Oil and gas in Quebec - Potential dreams are made of
Jean-Yves Lavoie, Cofounder and Chief Executive Officer, Junex

André Proulx, President and founder, Pétrolia

Côte-Nord natural gas project
Martin Imbleau, Vice President, Operations, Majors Projects and Renewable Energy, Gaz Métro

MINING ISSUES AND PROJECTS IN QUEBEC

Current state of mining projects in Quebec
Emilio Imbriglio, Partner in charge of the Corporate Finance Consulting Group and Chairman of the
Board of Directors, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton

Creating shared value - Case studies of businesses in developing regions
Michael Novak, Executive Vice-President, Global Government, Aboriginal and Economic Affairs, SNC-Lavalin

50 years of mining operations: The growth and evolution of the Matagami Camp
Martin Plante, General Manager, Xstrata Zinc, Matagami Mine

Real cost of mining in Quebec within the context of additional contributions requested
Alain Cauchon, Vice President, Operational Excellence and Human Resources, ArcelorMittal Mines Canada

Economic benefits of Quebec-based mining companies: The case of Osisko Mining Corporation Inc.
Bryan A. Coates, Vice President, Finance and CFO, Osisko Mining Corporation Inc.

A word from the Minister
Nicolas Marceau, Minister of Finance and the Economy

Closing remarks and thanks
Michel Leblanc, President and CEO, Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal

AIDE-MÉMOIRE

Date:    Friday, February 8, 2013
   
What:   Strategic Forum - From 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
   
Where: 
Palais des congrès de Montréal
1001 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle
   
Time:  



7 a.m. - Registration for media accreditation (Hall Viger - Level 2)
7 a.m. - Buffet breakfast and networking (Room 517C - Level 5)
7:30 a.m. - Beginning of the Forum (Room 517D - Level 5)
12:30 p.m. - Networking buffet and early access to the Natural Resources Trade Show
(Room 220D - Level 2)

Media accreditation required.

The Strategic Forum will be followed by the Natural Resources Trade Show, from 2 to 5 p.m. and Saturday, February 9, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (open to the general public).

The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal has some 7,000 members. Its primary mission is to represent the interests of the business community of Greater Montréal and to provide individuals, merchants, and businesses of all sizes with a variety of specialized services to help them achieve their full potential in terms of innovation, productivity and competitiveness. The Board of Trade is Quebec's leading private economic development organization.

SOURCE: Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal

For further information:

RSVP with Sylvie Paquette, Advisor, Media Relations, by phone at 514 871-4000, ext. 4015, or by email at sylvie.paquette@ccmm.qc.ca.