50 years of success

Quebec North-East Branch supports region’s projects

By Alain Castonguay

Annie Lévesque, vice president/vice-chair (ICM section Québec Nord-Est); Dean Journeaux, president and CEO, New Millenium Iron; Patrice Tremblay, chair (ICM section Québec Nord-Est); Jean-Marc Blake, vice-president organizational effectiveness, Tata Steel Minerals Canada | Jean-Guy Gougeon


The CIM Quebec North-East (QNE) Branch has been successful in mobilizing members to take an active role in local industry for over 50 years and continues to provide support in filling the industry’s ongoing training and networking needs in the region. The QNE Branch’s territory stretches from Port-Cartier to Havre-Saint-Pierre, inland to the town of Fermont and north to Schefferville.

The Branch was founded in 1960 by B.S. Imrie, a mining engineer employed by Iron Ore Company of Canada. In November 2011, tthe Branch celebrated its 50th anniversary at a gala event in Sept-Îles. Several former Branch chairmen, as well as the executive director of CIM’s national office, Jean Vavrek, attended the event.

In late August, Bertrand Lessard had to resign from his role as Branch chairman because he was transferred to Montreal by his employer, Cliffs Natural Resources. Fortunately, a replacement was found quickly: Patrice Tremblay, superintendant of planning, quality, and sales at Rio Tinto IOC took on the role.

The QNE Branch plays an active role in organizing activities for the general public, in collaboration with regional corporations. For example, it contributed to a public presentation of Alderon Iron Ore Corp.’s project in the Wabush-Labrador City area on February 20, 2012. The Branch also took part in preparing the general presentation of the Arnaud mine project, which took place on May 8 of this year, and in providing support for New Millennium Iron’s Taconite project, a plan to develop two iron deposits in the Labrador Trough in September – one near Schefferville and the other near Labrador City.

Translated by Mark Stout

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