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2 Aug 2013

Plan Nord: Go for gold!

Ghislain Poirier, Vice-President, Public Affairs, Stornoway Diamond Corporation; Matthew Coon Come, Grand Chief, Grand Council of the Crees; and Denis Williams, Senior Director, Natural Resources, Investissement Québec

On the sidelines of the 2012 Olympics, the Québec Government Office in London organized a seminar on the Plan Nord on July 30. The event, which was held at Canada House, brought together top quality speakers under the theme Pan Canadian Mining Day.

The panellists presented their visions of the Plan Nord and gave a glimpse of the impacts of this major economic development project in Québec. The participants included:

  • Denis Williams, Senior Director, Natural Resources, Investissement Québec
  • Ghislain Poirier, Vice-President, Public Affairs, Stornoway Diamond Corporation
  • Matthew Coon Come, Grand Chief, Grand Council of the Crees


A networking event was also included on the program. It was an occasion for a very special activity with Sylvie Bernier—Assistant Chef de mission for the Canadian team at the London Olympic Games—and Julie Payette—Québec’s Scientific Delegate to Washington. The interview with the two Québec VIPs was conducted by Gordon Campbell, the High Commissioner for Canada in London, and highlighted the similarities between the training of athletes and astronauts.

Plan Nord

The Plan Nord is a sustainable development project that integrates energy, mining, forest, bio-food, tourism, transportation and wildlife development as well as the protection of the environment and the conservation of biodiversity. It will be implemented over a 25-year period and will result in investments exceeding $80 billion during this period, leading to the creation or maintenance of, on average, 20,000 jobs a year, or the equivalent of 500,000 person-years.

Québec Government Office in London
Investissement Québec
Plan Nord
Canada House in London

Julie Payette, Québec’s Scientific Delegate in Washington; Pierre Boulanger, Québec’s Agent-General in London; and Sylvie Bernier, Assistant Chef de mission for the Canadian team at the London Olympics.

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