The Age of Exploration began in the 1400s and continued through the 1600s. It was a period when nations began exploring the world. They discovered new routes to much of the Far East, the Americas and the Caribbean. The expeditions were worthwhile because of the number of expensive goods— such as spices and silk—they brought back.
As surface expeditions slowed, the modern age prompted exploration along a different axis to seek new types of treasures. A world of resources, including gold, silver, platinum and silicon, are the lifeblood of modern manufacturing and tech components, and they are waiting to be uncovered from right underneath our feet.
For over 30 years, IOS Services Géoscientifiques has offered a wide range of services to mineral exploration companies, the mining industry, engineering firms, government agencies, industrial promoters, and independent prospectors throughout mining friendly Québec.
With their specialized team of geological consultants, along with mineral exploration contractors, a multidisciplinary approach and "one-stop" service model, IOS Services Géoscientifiques enables its clients to conduct comprehensive exploration campaigns in Québec without having to coordinate an army of subcontractors. It offers property management, permit application, complete logistics, fieldwork, laboratory work, NI 43-101 Technical Report, project generation and scoping study. All IOS Services Géoscientifiques services are provided via a single process.
In other words, IOS Services Géoscientifiques is one of the leading, professional partners in the development of exploration projects, from target to discovery. The company's expertise and scope allow it to execute projects with the highest level of efficiency and professionalism, combining the performance of the small business with the rigor and operational capacity of a large company.
"From starting our journey as a general service company for mining exploration to becoming a full-scale consulting group that offers professional services,
laboratory work and logistics all under the same roof, we have traversed a long way, indeed," says Réjean Girard, President of IOS Services Géoscientifiques.
EXPERTISE DRIVEN SERVICES FOR STREAMLINED OUTCOMES
IOS Services Géoscientifiques's specialization in Québec's geology makes them the go-to expert for foreign mining companies who want to pursue projects there. This French speaking juridiction is quite different from the rest of Canada, which is where IOS Services Géoscientifiques plays a critical role, with its core understanding of Quebec's logistics, lab work, internal synergy and social understanding.
From starting our journey as a general service company for mining exploration to becoming a full-scale consulting group that offers professional services, laboratory work and logistics all under the same roof, we have traversed a long way, indeed
Be it critical metals, strategic metals, or various minerals, IOS Services Géoscientifiques brings in specific expertise about material, with their specialized lab and understanding of various regulatory requirements under the same roof. With their knowledge of Québec and its local nuances, IOS Services Géoscientifiques can expedite projects and connect clients with the best local contractors for the job.
A STRUCTURED APPROACH TO ENSURING SMOOTH OPERATIONS
IOS Services Géoscientifiques starts every project by activating its pipeline network to mobilize the appropriate service providers and communicate with the correct government officials. They do not lobby, they just know the procedure and when a client requires a permit, IOS can help by filing the proper paperwork and taking the correct channels to expedite the approval process.
“We are a fully independent company without any participation in the stock of the companies or the project. We are very careful not to bring any sort of conflict of interest, despite long term collaborations with some clients” says Girard.
There are several nuances to Canadian mining regulation among provinces, with regard to environment, health, safety, community relationship—especially if operating in Québec. Being versed in those regulations with the perspective of a mineral explorer is a prerequisite to help clients navigate their projects without setbacks and avoid costly errors. They have a history of demonstrating the efficacy of their model, an example being their protracted collaboration with clients such as Focus Graphite Inc.
Focus is a Canadian mineral exploration engaged in the acquisition, exploration and development of graphite deposits in Québec.
IOS is involved with Focus since 12 years, collaborating with three successive managements, involved in their Lac Knife flagship project from initial evaluation to environmental impact study and feasibility. For a junior exploration company on a start-up project, working with a well established diversified group enables fast tracking of the projects, reduces operational rick and avoid maintaining a large team or acquiring infrastructures and equipments, up until the project gain sufficient momentum to justify assembling a their own permanent team.
STEPPING FORWARD TOWARD GREATER INNOVATION
Tapping on its involvement in over 1700 exploration projects, IOS team realized that mineral exploration is about… minerals! Characterizing them and quantifying their abundance is a key to fresh exploration approach. Hence, the development of a wide array of advanced applied mineralogy techniques specifically dedicated to exploration. Collaborating with Zeiss and Oxford Instruments, we assembled the fastest scanning electron microscope on the planet enabling affordable automated mineral analyses.
We are a fully independent company without any participation in the stock of the companies or the project. We are very careful not to bring any sort of conflict of interest,” says Girard.
The results are used as indicator minerals for diamond exploration, to characterize the signature of gold grain sediments and to evaluate the abundance of noxious minerals in mine residues. By quantifying the abundance of minerals in a very precise manner with accurate chemistry of those minerals, IOS Services Géoscientifiques' clients can detect and identify minerals of significance, such as for diamond exploration, but also for any other commodity.
Needless to say, IOS Services Géoscientifiques is a generation ahead in those technologies. As a result, it has opened the door to all multi-nationals to leverage the very best of their projects across the world overcoming the competition with their highly specialized experience and products.
With a culture of innovation and a turnkey approach, IOS Services Géoscientifiques provides a complete spectrum of services to its clients and aims to remain the mineral exploration industry benchmark for responsible practice, innovation, and professional discipline while maintaining long-term work relationships with clients.