MinesQC.com: The mining industry mobilizes to engage in dialogue with the population of Quebec

MONTREAL, Feb. 25, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Today Minalliance, the communications fund of the Quebec mining industry, launches MinesQC.com, an online dialogue and informational platform aimed at the general public and bringing together the players and stakeholders of Quebec's mining industry.

Through MinesQC.com, the mining industry seeks to inform and engage in dialogue with citizens in order that they may form their own opinions about the industry and its contribution to Quebec's sustainable development. This initiative is a North American first.

The industry's principal spokespersons, Ms. Valérie Fillion of the Québec Mineral Exploration Association (QMEA) and Ms. Josée Méthot of the Québec Mining Association (QMA), consider this platform "a highly relevant tool that will allow the general public to dispel the myths and realities surrounding the industry and its contribution to a better quality of life."

According to Mr. Dean Journeaux, Executive Vice-Chairman of New Millennium Iron, "MinesQC.com is a groundbreaking project. It's the first web platform for industry-wide dialogue and information that allows completely transparent interaction with the public. Stakeholders are invited to participate."

Mr. Emmanuel B. Raufflet, Associate professor at HEC Montréal explains, "Given the importance of the mining sector for the Quebec economy, this is a welcome initiative. Its emphasis on dialogue sends a strong message of the sector's openness. It's the chance to discuss the major issues that bind the sector, local communities, and Quebec as whole. This platform for dialogue is a first in North-America."

Isabelle Poirier, Minalliance's Executive Director, explains, "MinesQC.com is a knowledge, expertise, and competency network established to facilitate listening as well as exchanges between citizens and the mining industry. Universities, federal and provincial government agencies, interest groups, associations, as well as industry professionals from exploration to production, including suppliers of goods and services, are eager to participate in dialogue in the digital space."

MinesQC.com - http://minesqc.com is an open website for questions, answers, information, and conversations about the Quebec mining industry. It is a first not only in Quebec but in North America. All of those who are interested in or have questions about the mining process, from exploration to rehabilitation, or who have points of view on the social, environmental, and economic aspects of the Quebec mining industry, are invited to express themselves and consult the site's content. Questions and comments are forwarded to industry representatives, researchers, and independent experts who provide Quebeckers with documented and transparent answers.

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About Minalliance
Minalliance is the communications fund of the Quebec mining industry. Launched in October 2010, it represents companies involved in mining exploration, production, goods, and services; their respective associations in Canada and in Quebec; as well as other partners. Minalliance's mandate is to engage in dialogue with the general public in order to raise awareness of the mineral industry and highlight its contribution to the sustainable development of Quebec.

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Coordination of interviews :
Émilie Blanc-Tranchant
Communications Coordinator Minalliance
Tel. : (514) 663-5434
eblanc-tranchant@minalliance.ca