SOQUEM’s strength

Highlighting and reconciling the team’s knowledge are important aspects for the organization. The implementation of the 2019-2022 strategic plan requires the commitment and mobilization of the team, because together, we will go further!

Mission and history

SOQUEM is a leader in Quebec’s mineral exploration industry. As a subsidiary of Investissement Québec, its mission is to promote the exploration, discovery, and development of the province’s mineral resources. And through its partnered projects, SOQUEM leverages the Quebec mineral exploration industry.

Since its foundation, SOQUEM has helped maintain a strong economy in Quebec’s mining regions. The company’s exploration work has led to the discovery and operation of numerous deposits.

SOQUEM has managed to reach its objectives throughout the years by designing its own business model. Partnering with various exploration companies and diversifying its portfolio of shareholdings iss the key to overcoming cyclical economic constraints. SOQUEM thus maximizes return on its assets and minimizes risks by joining forces with partners to develop its projects.

SOQUEM becomes a subsidiary of Ressources Québec, which is itself a subsidiary of Investissement Québec.
Relocation of SOQUEM’s head office in Val-d’Or, at the heart of one of the most important mining regions in Quebec.
Creation of SODEMEX by SOQUEM, a development fund for junior exploration companies.
Privatization of many of SOQUEM’s productive assets that led to the creation of Cambior, which then became IAMGOLD.
Creation of SOQUEM by decree by René Lévesque, then minister of Jean Lesage’s Liberal government.

Executive management

Steven Bowles


Mr Bowles was appointed Senior Director of Investment in Mines and Natural Resources at Invest Quebec in early 2020. In his role, Steven manages both equity investment and debt financing in all stages of the resource company life cycle including exploration, project development and operations.

Steven is a business professional in the mining & metals industry with experience in business development, project management and operations management.

Steven holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (M.B.A.) from the Richard Ivey School of Business and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

Steven was previously Project Manager for the $1.3B Côté Gold Project. In his role he provided leadership for the early stages of project development, the establishment of power and environmental permits and the implementation of an impact-benefits agreement with the project’s First Nation partners.

He was also previously Operations Manager at Raglan Mine in Nunavik where he managed its four underground mines and its technical services teams to achieve record-setting safety and production performance for that operation. He also served as Capital Projects Director at Raglan which included the development of two underground mines and concentrator plant growth projects budgeted at $550M. Prior to that, he worked as Project Manager for the $1.2B Cobre Panama concentrator project and led field execution teams in the Middle East on the $5.7B Emirates Aluminium and $4.5B Qatalum Aluminium Smelter projects.

In 2014, Steven received the Bedford Canadian Young Mining Leaders Award granted by the Canadian Institute of Mining for outstanding leadership.

Claudine Chan Weng


Claudine Chan Weng was named Investissement Québec’s Director of Financial Information in March 2011. She previously held the position of Equity Investment Director at Société générale de financement du Québec.

Ms. Chan Weng, a member of the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec since 1991, received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Université du Québec à Montréal. She possesses over 20 years of experience in managing accounting services at various multi-sectoral organizations.

Donna Kirkwood

Independent director

Donna Kirkwood est conseillère auprès d’organisations publiques et privées sur le positionnement stratégique, la conception et la gestion de programmes et de politiques scientifiques, technologiques et d’innovation. Elle est active sur la scène nationale et internationale, a siégé à de nombreux comités directeurs scientifiques et universitaires ainsi que des comités consultatifs pour des organismes subventionnaires et réseaux scientifiques. Elle siège sur les conseils du British Geological Survey et d’ArcticNet en tant qu’administratrice indépendante. 


Donna a été scientifique en chef à Ressources naturelles Canada de 2016 à 2019 où elle a renforcé les liens entre la science et la politique sur les ressources naturelles et l’environnement, et a fourni des conseils sur les questions transversales en science, capacité et communication. Auparavant, elle a été cadre à la Commission géologique du Canada et première femme DG de 2010 à 2015, positionnant la commission comme une organisation scientifique gouvernementale de premier plan. Avant de se joindre au gouvernement fédéral, Donna a été professeure titulaire de géosciences à l’Université Laval, à Québec, où elle a développé pendant 12 ans des programmes de recherche novateurs, collaboratifs et inclusifs et reçu de nombreux prix pour la qualité de son enseignement. 


Donna détient un doctorat en géosciences, est formée en leadership, gestion de la fonction publique et gouvernance et est membre de l’Ordre des Géologues du Québec. Elle supporte avec vigueur les causes liées aux femmes en STIMs.

Michel Champagne

Independent director

Michel Champagne holds a Master of Science degree from Université Laval (1982) and a BSc from Université de Montréal (1978). From 1978 to 1980 and from 1982 to 1986, he worked in mineral exploration in Quebec for SOQUEM and acquired experience in underground exploration with Louvem. During this time, Mr. Champagne led the team that discovered the main zone of the Chimo mine and the Monique deposit, both of which were developed and mined in the following years. From 1986 to 1995, he worked at the Montréal Exchange as chief geologist and analyst, gaining experience in the securities industry. From 1995 to 2000, he worked first in Corporate development with Freewest Resources Inc. and Murgor Resources Inc., then mainly with Pangea Goldfields Inc. as Exploration Manager for Latin America, where he managed their Peruvian subsidiary. The subsidiary outlined two deposits, one that has been exploited sporadically and the other being at the feasibility stage. In 2001, he helped establish the SIDEX Limited Partnership and continued to lead the institutional fund until his retirement in 2020.

The Fonds de Solidarité FTQ recruited Mr. Champagne in 2020 to sit on its Mining Sector Investment Committee.

Mr. Champagne was a member of the Mining Technical Advisory and Monitoring Committee, a group of professionals representing the Canadian mining industry, responsible for overseeing the application of National Instrument 43-101 and advising Canadian securities regulators on its application. He also sat on advisory committees for the TSX Venture Exchange at the local and national levels and the Mining Advisory Committee of the Autorité des Marchés Financiers. For many years, Mr. Champagne has been involved in various activities related to the mining industry for such organizations as the Quebec Mineral Exploration Association and the Geological Association of Canada.

Robert Marquis

Independent Director

Robert Marquis is an associate professor at the Mine and Environment Institute of the University of Quebec in Abitibi-Témiscamingue (IRME / UQAT). Member of « l’Ordre des géologues du Québec », M. Marquis holds a doctorate, a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree. His professional career is marked by partnership and networking at the junction between the mining and education sectors.

Marquis began his professional career at SOQUEM. Subsequently, he held various positions at the Ministry of Natural Resources; first as a geologist, then as a department manager, and lastly as director and general manager of « Géologie Québec ». In 2011, he was appointed Associate Deputy Minister for the Mining Sector and in 2013, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Institute of Mining. He left this position in December 2018.

Marquis has been on the board of SIDEX for more than 10 years and, more recently, at Tata Steel Minerals Canada. He also chairs the Board of Directors of the Center of Excellence on Strategic Metals Elements 08, which brings together three institutions of teaching and research; the University of Quebec in Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT), the CEGEP of Abitibi-Témiscamingue and the Industrial Waste Technology Center (CTRI).


Board of directors

Tony Brisson


With a bachelor’s degree in geology from the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi , Mr. Brisson has held several senior positions with exploration and mining companies in Quebec and North Africa.

A member of the Order of Geologists of Quebec, Mr. Brisson has more than 25 years of experience in precious and base metal exploration. He has worked for several companies, notably Goldcorp, Focus Metals, Cogitore Resources, Breakwater Resources and Cambior. In 2009, he was part of a team at Cogitore Resources that was awarded the Prospector of the Year Award from the Quebec Mineral Exploration Association for the Scott Lake Project.

Since 2015, he has been an exploration consultant for junior and major mining companies in Quebec and Ontario.

Mr. Brisson has served on the boards of Opus One Resources Inc. and Radisson Mining Resources Inc . He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Quebec Mineral Exploration Association since 2020, where he also served from 2008 to 2012.

Angélique Beaudin

Deputy Manager

Ms. Beaudin holds a bachelor’s degree in geology with honours from the University of Ottawa.

Prior to joining SOQUEM in May 2011, she worked as a geological assistant for the Geological Survey of Canada and a teaching assistant for the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Ottawa.

Ms. Beaudin is a member of the Quebec Order of Geologists and the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada.

Gabrielle Rochefort

Deputy Manager

Ms. Rochefort holds a bachelor’s degree in geological engineering from the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi.

Prior to joining SOQUEM in January 2013, she worked as a geological assistant for the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources and GeoNordic Technical Services.

Ms. Rochefort is a member of the Quebec Order of Engineers and the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, and is Chair of the Board of Directors of the CIM’s Chapais-Chibougamau branch.