214 - 20171 92A Avenue
Canada, V1M 3A5
Tel: 604 538 4574
Fax: 604 538 4533
#8 Yellowknife Airport
Canada, X1A 3T2
Tel: 867 766 4952
Fax: 867 766 3374
The Matrix Team
Matrix has built a powerful team of individuals each with many years of experience in his or her area of expertise. Collectively they have serviced an extremely broad range of organizations and industries—from small start-ups to some of the largest players in the world.
Senior Management Team
Martin Knutson, PresidentMartin brings over 30 years of senior management, investment, and financial services experience to Matrix. A commercial pilot since 1981, Martin has dealt with the Canadian and international aviation as a client, owner, and supplier of aircraft.
Thanks to his extensive knowledge, and his participation in the business sector of the Canadian North, Martin was a driving force in developing Nunasi Helicopters into one of the premier helicopter suppliers in the Canadian Arctic.
Mike Kenney, Chief Operating Officer (COO)Mike brings a unique blend of logistics, sales, marketing, and customer service skills to Matrix. Having developed and managed logistical solutions for a broad range of international clients, and having a unique specialization on the Canadian North, particularly the Arctic, Mike provides Matrix clients with a wealth of experience and a high level of customer service.
Sam Ritchie, Financial ControllerSam has over 10 years of international accounting experience, with public and private companies in the mining, technology, and manufacturing industries. In addition to accounting, he has audit and taxation services, and is experienced in complex debt and equity financing transactions, business combinations and Initial public offerings.
He has expertise in ASPE, US GAAP, and IFRS and regularly presents on financial reporting matters.
Jolie McMullan, Business Development ManagerJolie brings over 30 years of sales, management and business skills to Matrix. Jolie is very goal-oriented, and an organized team player. She has strong problem-solving and creative skills. Jolie has the ability to get on with people at all levels. Her priority is to assist Matrix to acquire new customers and sell additional products or services to existing ones. She has strong sales and negotiation techniques and has a strong attention to detail. Customer service is number one.
Jolie brings with her 14 years of sales, promotion, on-air and management skills from radio and 5 years of running a BCHL Jr. A Hockey team with her. She spends her non-Matrix time as an All Breed Professional Dog Handler since 1995.
Leslie Violette, Human Resource ManagerMs. Violette has 10 years of experience as a Field Geolo- gist in Yukon, Ontario and the three Territories. Leslie possesses experience as an executive and leader in Human Resources and Operations department of the customer service industry supporting 300 employees for over 10 years.
As the Human Resources Manager, Ms. Violette ensures that world class human resources consultancy and practices are utilized to provide exceptional staff to our client’s in the natural resource and construction sectors across Canada’s north.
Stephan Prigione, Director of OperationsAs Director of Operations, Stephan Prigione is tasked with planning the mobilization, demobilization and daily operations of camps, ranging in size from 10 people to more than 100.
Stephan has 25 years in the Canadian Armed Forces conducting a wide range of jobs, with his final post as the Force Protection Officer for Joint Task Force Pacific (JTFP) Headquarters located in Victoria, British Columbia. In this role, he was the chief planner for JTFP’s response to a catastrophic earthquake in British Columbia, determining the movement and synchronization of up to 8,000 military personnel in the execution of the recovery plan. Planning to this scale required input from many government and non-governmental departments ensuring a common goal and resource synchronization.
With several operational tours to foreign countries, Stephan has an explicit understanding of living and working in austere conditions. He leverages this experience with his knowledge of operations to create flexible and adaptable plans. These experiences also shaped his leadership style. Stephan is noted for being calm under the most stressful of situations, projecting this stillness on his employees.
Andrew Gallant, Yellowknife Operations ManagerDuring Andrew’s time with Matrix he has planned and completed a variety of challenging projects including remote exploration camps, bulk fuel moves, cleanup of abandoned northern sites as well as managing Matrix’s fleet of Bombardier Snowcats.
Extensive skills in mechanics, carpentry, plumbing, electrical and logistics make Andrew the perfect complement to lead any of our challenging projects throughout Canada.
Andrew is integral to the planning for camps and leads the build operations. Projects successfully undertaken and completed on schedule range from small very portable camps and remediation to large scale (1000 person camp) operations. Prior to joining Matrix, Andrew gained valuable experience working for such companies as RTL Services, Gillespie Pontiac and Newform Metal.
Ron Corey, Northern Operations ManagerRon has over 14 years’ hands on experience in all phases of northern exploration camp management ranging from planning, construction, maintenance and on-going operations. Ron first worked for Matrix from 2004 to 2008. He then had unique opportunities to enhance his management experience in the mining industry with positions at Diavik Diamond Mines and as Operations Manager with Peregrine Diamonds. Ron has now returned to Matrix with his enhanced management and mining experience.
Ron’s has wide-ranging experience in electrical, plumbing, carpentry, mechanics, fixed wing and rotor wing aircraft loading/unloading, heavy equipment operation, troubleshooting and purchasing. His vast Arctic experience gives him the ability to not only manage his teams, but to roll up his sleeves and get the job done, no matter what challenges faced north of 60.
Crystal Daschuk, Operations & Special Projects CoordinatorCrystal has over 20 years of experience in Aviation, Construction, Project Management and Aboriginal Business. In the field, Crystal coordinates the logistics and resources for projects while managing the day to day requests of clients to ensure efficiency and timelines of client projects are met.
Crystal serves as a liaison between the clients at site and the team at Matrix to ensure projects move forward successfully and efficiently through diligent administration, communication, problem solving, trouble shooting and organization.
As one of the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada (Metis/Cree/Sioux), Crystal combines traditional knowledge with industry experience to ensure both client and corporate objectives are met and exceeded.