Québec City, October 14, 2020 – The Québec Mining Association (QMA) has recognized the achievements of 159 mining industry foremen and supervisors, 131 working for companies in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue and Nord-du-Québec regions. They all received workplace health and safety trophies to commend their efforts and the effort made by their teams to maintain a safe working environment for periods of between 50,000 and 600,000 hours.
The trophy winners for 2020 in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue and Nord-du-Québec regions work for the following companies:
• Canadian Malartic G.P. – Canadian Malartic Mine
• Canadian Royalties – Nunavik Nickel Project
• Eldorado Gold Québec – Lamaque Mine
• Horne Smelter, a Glencore Company
• CMAC-Thyssen Mining Group
• Hecla Québec – Casa Berardi Mine
• IAMGOLD Corporation – Westwood Mine
• Matagami Mine, a Glencore Company
• Raglan Mine, a Glencore Company
• Agnico Eagle Mines – LaRonde Complex
• Agnico Eagle Mines – Goldex Mine
• Newmont – Éléonore Mine
• Stornoway Diamond Corporation – Renard Mine
Once again this year, Israël Gauthier, a supervisor at the Horne Smelter’s acid and oxygen plant, and his team broke a new record by completing 600,000 hours of work without a compensable accident.
« Each year, the QMA rewards achievements in the field of workplace health and safety (WHS) by presenting trophies to supervisors whose teams have recorded an outstanding result, with the goal of raising awareness and encouraging workers to value the attainment of a strong WHS performance. The objective is to see WHS measures go beyond the technical stage and for all workers to take ownership of them in order to create ever-safer work environments in mines. »
« During the COVID-19 pandemic, health and safety are a shared concern. The mining industry has been able to maintain its precautions to limit the spread of the virus. There can be no doubt that the actions, measures and reflexes developed over the years allowed the mining industry to adapt quickly. We are proud of the mining industry’s focus on WHS, which is reflected in the actions of each worker. »– Josée Méthot, President and CEO of the Québec Mining Association
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 48,006 jobs and total expenditure of $9.9 billion generated by Québec’s mining industry in 2018. The QMA’s mission is to promote, support and proactively develop a responsible, committed and innovative mining industry in Québec.