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.
David Barnes, General Manager - HelicoptersWith 44+ years in aviation David brings to the Matrix team a blend of aviation experience which includes flying and maintaining airplanes and helicopters in the early part of his career. From 1988 – 2017 he spent the first eight years as an Aircraft Accident Investigator for the Transportation Safety Board of Canada.
He was involved in the investigation of more than 400 aviation occurrences, in which he was the Investigator-In- Charge of 330 of those investigations. The remaining period he has performed accident investigations, onsite operational assessments ((including remote helicopter operations (offshore, geophysical surveys, aerial lift, oil and gas support)) and 490+ aviation safety and compliance audits to various auditing standards (IS-BAO, IAGSA, IOGP, IS-BAO, CARs, FARs, EASA).
The services are performed on rotary/fixed-wing charter operators, corporate flight departments, fractional ownership operations, repair and maintenance facilities located throughout Middle East, Europe, South Asia, Africa, Pacific Islands, Australia, North and South America.
Ian Fripp, Chief Financial OfficerWith over a decade of experience in the financial services industry, Ian has served a variety of clients ranging from large international public and private companies to small owner operated and not-for-profit organizations.
Ian takes a practical and proactive approach to minimize late identification of issues and unnecessary delays by ensuring a strong understanding of all relevant matters faced by his clients, stakeholders and the manner in which they conduct their business.
This experience has provided him with a great wealth of opportunities in both domestic and international accounting and tax matters including raising capital and other financing transactions, corporate restructuring, stock based compensation, flow through share transactions and future income tax implications, transfer pricing arrangements and the valuation of tangible and intangible long-lived assets.
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.
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.