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With the electric vehicle revolution taking the world by storm, experienced mining executive and consultant Carl Caumartin decided to throw his hat in the ring to join the highly qualified Winsome Resources team as they steadily progress towards lithium production at their highly prospective properties in Quebec.
Mr Caumartin said Winsome was a start-up where he could define and play a greater role as the company developed itself and its projects.
“As Winsome endeavours to develop its assets in Quebec, Canada – where I’m originally from – I am well-placed to manage our efforts having previously worked on Quebec deposits,” Mr Caumartin said.
Notably in Quebec, Mr Caumartin’s hands-on experience includes several lithium bearing pegmatite deposits in Authier, Tansim, Moblan, as well as the Shevchenkivskoye deposit in Ukraine.
“As a Quebec native, I’m uniquely equipped to understand the way of the land, logistics and politics, while bringing along key players and contacts, service providers and suppliers I have worked with over my 30-year mining career to benefit Winsome.”
In response to why Quebec is so attractive for lithium, Mr Caumartin noted various key factors such as a strong mining tradition, fiscal incentives, demonstrated mineral endowment and a strategic plan for the north.
“Quebec’s mining credentials have been largely established over the past century with a focus on gold and base metals in the Abitbi Greenstone Belt (AGB). This follows the discovery and exploitation of many world class deposits of precious and base metals in numerous mining camps, progressing west to east from Noranda to Malartic, Val-d’Or and Chibougamau (in the north-east), and from Matagami to Detour Lake (North East Ontario) to Osisko’s Winfall Lake (eastern AGB),” he said.
“The Renard diamond mine, the iron ore and mineral fields lining the Labrador through, and further north the world class Raglan Cu-Ni deposits have expanded miners’ skill sets to operate in remote near-artic settings.”
Mr Caumartin added several tax credits and deductions related to resources and mineral exploration had been advanced to support and promote development of the province’s natural resources.
“Furthermore, the mineral endowment of the province is acknowledged, but remains largely underexplored north of AGB. The past decades have demonstrated great potential for new discoveries, in vast territories where access and infrastructures are limited.
“With its “Plan Nord” the Quebec Government is envisioning the further development of the hidden riches in the northern half of the province and established strategic alliances with the First Nations communities.”
In conclusion, Mr Caumartin expressed his enthusiasm for the future of the company, stating Canada and Australia’s affinity through the Commonwealth and similarly strong mining traditions placed Winsome in a fortunate position to reap several benefits.