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The regions of Northern Quebec and Canada are the theatre for natural resource exploitation projects, whose value is established at over 200 billion dollars. Moreover, many economists foresee in 2017 the revival of mine development projects which had been paused over the last few years. Over the course of the next 25 years, the development of the Circle of Fire of Ontario and the Northern Quebec Plan alone will generate income which will amount to billions of dollars. Canada is a supply chain world leader in the natural resources exploitation industry. It is around this theme that NATURALLIA 2017 Roberval will assemble the finest companies and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMES) of the country and from overseas.

NATURALLIA is the main international trilingual (French, English and Spanish) business forum

of SMES in the sector of natural resources (mines, forests and renewable energies). The 5th edition will take place in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, in the Municipality of Roberval, this October 16 to 19. In attendance will be companies from the 4 key sectors of the Canadian economy including forest and the value-added wood processing, mines and suppliers of related goods and services, intelligent and renewable energies, as well as advanced technologies related to the first 3 sectors.

In addition to the industrial visits, round tables and social activities, businesses registered for NATURALLIA will benefit from 2 days of strategic targeted meetings, which will allow for very effective time management. Using the formula devoted to “speed meeting or lightening meetings for business people”, representatives of the participating SMES can effectuate remarkable interviews that will ensure the basic conditions are met for promising business partnerships.

Confirmed speakers

Bob Rae, on Tuesday October 17 at noon: The agreements with First Nations

Elected eleven times to the House of Commons and to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario between 1978 and 2013, Mr. Bob Rae has also held the post of Prime Minister of the Province of Ontario from 1990 to 1995. He is currently a senior partner in the firm OKT (Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP) and works as a legal advisor and negotiator with several First Nations across Canada. His legal practice focuses on issues affecting First Nations, the aboriginal law and governance within its communities. He therefore acts as an advisor to the Tribal Council of Chiefs of Matawa concerning the potential development of the region of North-West Ontario, better known under the name of the Circle of Fire.

Mr. Rae will be accompanied by his colleague Master Julie-Anne Parizeau, whose practice is to advise First Nations and Aboriginal businesses on various types of commercial transactions. This includes negotiation agreements on impacts and benefits in the natural resources sector, which they will talk to us about at their conference.

The Honorable Pierre S. Pettigrew, on Tuesday, October 17 at 6:30pm: The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement Between Canada and the European Union

Having exercised the functions of Minister for 10 years, including Minister of Human Resources Development and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Mr. Pettigrew has led a distinguished career in the public sectors as much as private sector where he has worked as a consultant at the Montreal office of Deloitte. Mr. Pierre Pettigrew is currently a management consultant to international affairs at Deloitte Canada, and is also the special envoy of the Government of Canada to the conclusion of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union. It is in this latter regard that he will speak at the opening ceremony.

Pierre Arcand, on Wednesday, October 18 at 6:30pm in Val Jalbert: The Northern Plan

Elected as a member in his riding since 2007, Mr. Pierre Arcand has since held the positions of Minister of International Relations, Minister responsible for the Francophonie and Minister of Sustainable Development of the Environment and Parks. Since February 22, 2016, he has been acting as Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Minister responsible for the Northern Plan as well as Minister responsible for the North Coast Region. In the framework of the NATURALLIA Forum, Minister Arcand we will speak about the Northern Plan during the evening of the same name.

Claude Villeneuve, on Tuesday October 17 at 8pm: An opportunity to fight against climate change

A professor in the Department of basic sciences at UQAC, where he is the holder and Director of the Canada Research Chair in eco-Council since its creation, Mr. Villeneuve is a recognized biologist. He divides his career between teaching, research and field work in environmental sciences, and he is also the author of thirteen books. Mr. Villeneuve will address the various opportunities concerning climate change during the opening luncheon at the Naturallia Forum 2017.

These four keynote speakers are in addition to the other two confirmed since last June; anthropologist Serge Bouchard, and David Murray, President of Hydro-Québec Distribution.

Number of official entries: 58 businesses and organizations, including nearly 20 from Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and a dozen from six foreign countries: Niger, Mexico, Congo-Kinshasa, Peru, Benin and Côte d’Ivoire).

Number of Heads of Delegation confirmed: 40 Heads of Delegations covering more than 30 different countries.


To register: www.naturallia2017.com


Our partners

We would like to highlight the financial support of our valuable partners, Développement économique Canada for the Region of Quebec, the Ministry of the Economy, Science and Innovation and the MRC Domaine-du-Roy. We would also like to thank our event partners: the Maria-Chapdelaine RCM, the MRC of Fjord-du-Saguenay, Pekuakamiulnuatsh Takuhikan, the City of Roberval, the MRC of Lac-Saint-Jean-Est, Promotion Saguenay, Quebec Investment, Produits Forestiers Résolu, Emploi-Québec, the CFDCS of the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and Chibougamau-Chapais, WSP Canada, the Hotel Château Roberval, Hydro-Québec, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, Desjardins Enterprises, Tourism Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Destination Lac-Saint-Jean, FTQ, Department of Forests, Wildlife and Parks, ALCO-TMI, Regional Administration Baie-James (ARBJ) and LNG Quebec.

Our Media Partners

The Daily and the progress, Informe Affaires, RNC media Inc., Bell Media.


For information:

Nadine Brassard, SERDEX International and co-promoter, cell. (418) 482-3014


For interview:  

Nadine Brassard, SERDEX International and co-promoter, cell. (418) 482-3014


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