XXVIII International Mineral Processing Congress

September 11-15, Québec City Convention Center

Technical Tours

IMPC is offering a variety of field trips on the last day of the conference, Friday, September 16.

The organizing committee reserve the right to cancel the field trip if it does not reach the minimum of participants required.

COREM/Université Laval

$75 includes bus transportation and the visit
Half day tour – 08:00 to 13:00

COREM : World-class expertise in mineral processing

COREM is the largest organization in Canada totally devoted to mineral processing R/D. Recognized as a world-class organization, COREM provides a wide range of mineral processing and analytical services to companies that explore and develop ore bodies and transform or recycle mineral substances.

Université Laval

Since 1939, the Engineering Department of Mining, Metallurgy and Materials contributes to the progression of science and technology in the context of research activities, proposing solutions or spectacular advances in its various areas of expertise.


$150 includes bus transportation, lunch and the visit
07:00 to 20:00

Glencore – CCR Refinery

CCR, part of the Glencore Group, is a world-class, modern and competitive copper and precious metals refinery. Located in the Montreal East facilities, the refinery is the only one of its kind in North America. It's in their facilities that they give precious metals all their nobility, purity copper and other metals their specific peculiarities.

The CCR refinery's capacity to adapt to the market and the increased complexity of ore it processes has allowed it to establish itself as a world leader in its industry.

Glencore - CEZinc

CEZinc is the largest installation of primary zinc transformation in Northeast America. Established in Quebec since 1963, the refinery has grown steadily and has quadrupled its production of refined zinc, allowing it to be one of the ten world leaders in the industry. Between 2002 and 2014, CEZinc has invested more than $302 million in the maintenance and improvement of its facilities.

Rio Tinto - Alumina Refinery

$150 includes bus transportation Lunch and the visit
8:00 to 17:00

The Vaudreuil Works alumina refinery in Jonquière was built in 1936 to process bauxite into alumina, a material essential in producing aluminium. Bauxite from Brazil, Guinea and Ghana is shipped to our port on the Saguenay River and transported by train to Vaudreuil Works. The bauxite is then transformed into alumina using the Bayer process.

The Vaudreuil refinery produces 1.5 million tonnes per annum of quality metallurgical alumina for use in the aluminium smelting process. Much of this alumina is supplied to the Rio Tinto Aluminium smelters in the Saguenay Lac-St-Jean region of Canada.

The site also produces specialty hydrate, which is used in a range of ways including to make ceramics, refractories, abrasives, tiles and linings, specialty glass, solid-surface products, and chemical products used in water treatment.

In addition, Vaudreuil Works provides auxiliary services such as compressed air and steam to the Jonquière complex, and maintains a fluoride plant (the only one in North America).

More than 500 employees (excluding contractors) work at Vaudreuil, the only alumina refinery in Canada.