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
1518B Ungalliqpaat Cres.
Canada, X0A 0H0
Tel: 867 222 4128
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.
Mike Pawluk, General Manager – Helicopter SolutionsMike has over 15 years experience as a commercial helicopter pilot. This includes areas of operation in the Arctic, BC, Alberta, Ontario, Australia, and French Polynesia.
In addition to being current CPL – Airbus EC120, EC145 & AS30 series and Bell 206,407,212,412, Mike’s previous aviation management has also extended into Safety and Logistics. This includes Level 2 – BSI ISO-9001:2008 Internal Systems Auditor.
Mike draws on his experience from ship operations, hoisting and rappelling personnel, precision long lining, firefighting, heliskiing, arctic operations, and extensive mountain flying environments, to translate into “real life rational”, for our clients and their projects.
Damien McMahn, Security SpecialistDamien is a Performance Improvement Professional with a diverse background and experience base. He specialises in capability development within the Security and Operations space.
He has been a member of the Australia Defence Forces elite Special Operations Command with operational deployments to East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan as well as training and advisory programs throughout the Middle East and South East Asia.
His focus is on developing relevant and current capability through a deep understanding of your needs. Your organisation will experience a step change in performance that is owned by your team; they will have worked together, through close guidance by Damien and the team, to create your own world class capability.
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.
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.