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Research and development in the mining sector : SOREDEM RECOGNIZES THE WORK OF A STUDENT FROM ROUYN-NORANDA


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Québec City, January 18, 2017 – The Québec Mining Association (QMA) and the mining research and development corporation SOREDEM are pleased to announce that the 2016 Claude Drouin scholarship has been awarded to Audrey Goulet, originally from Rouyn-Noranda and currently a Master's level student in rock mechanics at Université Laval. This post-graduate award of $4,000 for Master's and Doctoral students is designed to support research programs to develop new mining technologies.

Audrey Goulet, from Rouyn-Noranda in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region, has an outstanding academic record and presented a research project focusing on integrated geo-mechanical characterization in mines operating under extreme constraints in seismic areas. The project was based on a case study of Agnico Eagle's Laronde Mine, in conjunction with the Australian Centre for Geomechanics. "SOREDEM would like to commend all the work Ms. Goulet put into her project. The selection committee was impressed by the rigour of her work and the relevance of her research," states François Pronovost, chair of SOREDEM's board of directors and senior mining engineer at Iamgold's Westwood Mine.

"It is important to support and recognize R&D in the mining industry," says Josée Méthot, the QMA's president and CEO. "To remain competitive on world markets, Québec must remain at the forefront, and R&D is one of the ways to achieve this goal. This is why the QMA supports SOREDEM in its mission and wants to encourage a new generation of mining specialists."

About the Québec Mining Association

The Québec Mining Association (QMA) was founded in 1936 and speaks proactively for mining companies involved in exploration, extraction and processing, mining contractors and junior mining companies, along with suppliers, institutions, non-profit organizations and other mining sector partners. It is proud of the 45,000 jobs and investment of $4.6 billion generated by Québec's mining industry over the last year. The QMA’s mission is to promote, support and proactively develop a responsible, committed and innovative mining industry in Québec.

The long-term objective of the mining research and development corporation SOREDEM is to promote continuous mining and mineral extraction. SOREDEM operates on a contractual basis and organizes funding to support its research projects. Its goal is to contribute to the development of mining companies, especially those working on narrow-vein deposits.