NSERC aims to make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for the benefit of all Canadians. The agency supports university students in their advanced studies, promotes and supports discovery research, and fosters innovation by encouraging Canadian companies to participate and invest in postsecondary research projects. NSERC researchers are on the vanguard of science, building on Canada’s long tradition of scientific excellence.


Agnico Eagle Mines Limited

Agnico Eagle Mines Limited is a Canadian gold producer with more than 5,000 employees and contractors. The company owns multiple mines and exploration projects located in Canada, Finland, Mexico and the United States. It is recognized for its quality mining assets in regions with low geopolitical risk.

The growth of a gold companies assets requires the renewal of its reserves and the discovery of new resources. In 2014, the company had 16.9 million ounces of gold in reserves, and it plans to invest $74 million in 2014 in exploration of gold deposits throughout the world. Agnico Eagle hires geologists, geological engineers and other highly skilled and trained professionals in order to ensure its long-term development and achieve its growth objectives. In addition, it wants to continually employ new and innovative methods to discover mineral resources, particularly in the remote regions of northern Canada and Europe.

The NSERC - Agnico Eagle Industrial Research Chair in Mineral Exploration, based out of Laval University, will contribute to the strategic objectives of Agnico Eagle by developing innovative mineral exploration tools that will increase the company's ability to discover new gold resources.



Ministry of Natural Resources of Quebec

The Ministry of Natural Resources of Quebec is responsible for increasing the geoscientific knowledge of Quebec and to promote Quebec's mineral potential, as well as to stimulate investment in mineral exploration. It aims to improve the competitiveness of the industry and relies heavily on research and development to help develop the mining industry in Quebec.