Last Monday 3 November 2014, Québec’s Minister for Energy and Natural Resources, Pierre Arcand, made a whistle-stop in London, after attending the 2014 Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik, to present Québec’s Plan Nord at the Canada-United Kingdom Chamber of Commerce.
During a talk and luncheon, Minister Arcand addressed a full-house which consisted of business community members and more specifically, those from the mining and financial sectors. He outlined Plan Nord’s fundamental principles, which will ensure it is a sustainable - culturally and environmentally responsible - economic development project.
Plan Nord is a sustainable development project aimed at the economic, mining, energy, social, cultural and tourism potentials of Québec’s north; an area close to five times that of the United Kingdom.
The minister also spoke of potentials for economic and investment opportunities in northern Québec, a territory rich with reserves in mineral such as nickel, cobalt, platinum, zinc, iron ore and gold. Also present are diamonds, uranium, lithium and other rare earths.