« The mining industry is aware of current and upcoming environmental challenges in this sector. In order to meet those challenges, research and development are key tools for success. Know-how and global recognition of UQAT and Polytechnique Montréal in this field will allow the development and application of innovative solutions which, while being respectful to the environment, will contribute to the competitiveness and growth of the mining industry »
— Michel Julien, Chair of the board of directors of RIME UQAT-Polytechnique and Corporate Director for Environment at Agnico Eagle (excerpt from a speech delivered during the inauguration of RIME UQAT-Polytechnique on April 24th, 2013)
Agnico Eagle is a Canadian-based gold producer with operations in Canada, Finland and Mexico and exploration and development activities extending to the United States. Agnico Eagle has full exposure to higher gold prices consistent with its policy of no-forward gold sales. The society has paid a cash dividend for each of the last 31 consecutive years.
The Canadian Malartic mine is Canada's largest gold mine; it will produce more than 600,000 ounces of gold a year for the next 14 years. The mine was developed within just six years after the first exploration drill holes in 2005. The first gold pour was in April 2011, and commercial production began in May 2011
Goldcorp is a senior gold producer focused on responsible mining practices with safe, low-cost production from a high-quality portfolio of mines. Goldcorp’s mission is to sustainably produce three to four million ounces of gold annually from six to eight large-scale districts. Goldcorp have a growth plan to reach this objective by 2021 that includes increasing production, growing its reserves and reducing its all-in sustaining costs. At the same time, Goldcorp is leading the industry in its approach to innovation and responsibility at every stage of the mining cycle.
Goldcorp’s newest Canadian gold mine, Éléonore is in Eeyou Istchee/James Bay, in a remote corner of the Northern Quebec region, 800 kilometres north of Montreal on the 52nd parallel. Its first gold pour was on October 1, 2014, and it achieved commercial production on April 1, 2015. Éléonore Mine is owned by Les Mines Opinaca, wholly owned subsidiary of Goldcrop inc.
IAMGOLD is a mid-tier gold producer with six operating gold mines on three continents and one of the world’s three niobium mines. A solid base of strategic assets in Canada, South America and Africa is complemented by development and exploration projects, and continued assessment of accretive acquisition opportunities. IAMGOLD is in a strong financial position with extensive management and operational expertise.
Raglan Mine is part of the Glencore group, one of the world’s largest global diversified natural resource companies. Its installations are located at the extreme limit of Northern Québec, where it operates one of the richest base-metal mines in the world. The Raglan Mine property stretches 70 kilometers from east to west, with a series of high-grade ore deposits scattered along its length. The site includes three underground mines currently in activity, a mine under construction, a concentrator, a power plant, administrative and accommodation facilities, a fresh water supply source and fuel tanks. The ore extracted at the mining site is crushed and processed on-site to produce a nickel-copper concentrate.
Raglan Mine strives to be a model in the mining industry in human resource development, equity towards its multicultural workforce and respect for the local communities and the environment.
Rio Tinto, Fer et Titane, exploits an ilmenite deposit at Lac Tio, near Havre-Saint-Pierre, Quebec, and operates a metallurgical complex in Sorel-Tracy, Quebec, where high-quality titanium dioxide feedstock, pig iron, steel and metal powders are extracted from this ore.
Rio Tinto deals in mineral resources exploration, development and processing. Its principal products are aluminum, copper, diamonds, metallurgical and thermal coal, uranium, industrial gold and minerals (borax, titanium dioxide and salt), and iron ore. Although it carries out its activities on a global scale, Rio Tinto is solidly entrenched in Australia and North America, and owns large businesses in Asia, Europe, Africa and South America.