Quebec Mineral Exploration Association

Quebec Mineral Exploration Association
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February 21, 2008 10:30 ET

The Quebec Mineral Exploration Association Congratulates Osisko Exploration Ltd and Welcomes IDNR-TV

ROUYN-NORANDA, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Feb. 21, 2008) - The Quebec Mineral Exploration Association (AEMQ) wishes to congratulate one of its members, Osisko Exploration Ltd., who has won the prestigious "Bill Dennis Prospector of the Year Award" granted annually by the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC). This award recognizes the importance of the "Canadian Malartic" discovery and the efforts provided by the company to develop its project and this, in respect and with the support of the local community of Malartic.

For the second time in the last three years, a corporate member of the AEMQ has received this award while being selected among a multitude of candidates on an international scale. One will remember that in March 2006, Mines Virginia Inc. had won this award for its "Eleonore" discovery. It should also be noted that the same two companies also won the "Prospector of the Year Award" given by the AEMQ in 2004 for Virginia and 2006 for Osisko.

IDNR-TV, the first television station dedicated to the mineral exploration sector, now in Val-d'Or

The AEMQ also welcomes all the IDNR-TV team which now produces many different programs from their new studios located in Val-d'Or and broadcasts those to north-western Quebec and Ontario on cable TV. IDNR-TV is the first Canadian television broadcasting station which is entirely devoted to the natural resources sector. IDNR-TV intends to ensure the coverage of the exploration and mining activities in Quebec while educating the public on the Canadian mining industry. IDNR-TV has already covered the Quebec Exploration 2007 and 2006 events and has produced several programs in collaboration with the AEMQ.

The vitality of the exploration industry in Quebec

All these events confirm the vitality of the mineral exploration sector in Quebec. The AEMQ believes that in 2008, at least 325 million dollars will be spent in Quebec by more than 230 active mineral exploration companies.

The AEMQ mission is to support the development, the application and the diffusion of the best practices in mineral exploration and thus contribute to the economic and social development in a durable and responsible way. It counts more than 120 corporative members and 590 individual members coming from all the segments of the exploration industry in Quebec and Canada.

Contact Information

  • Quebec Mineral Exploration Association
    Jean-Pierre Thomassin, MBA
    Executive Director
    819-762-1599
    www.aemq.org