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Alex Kourline

Alex Kourline

Project Manager, Infrastructure & Water Management Structures

1. Why did you join Artemis/Blackwater?

I was searching for opportunities within the junior mining sector and the Blackwater Gold Project stood out as the most exciting mining project in BC, possibly Canada, in my opinion. I liked the idea of working for a small company on a remote, greenfield project and being able to develop the asset from development through to operations. Being in a position to build a team that will successfully deliver a new mine in BC is an incredible opportunity.

2. What do you love about your job?

I love being one of the first employees on site and helping to develop the policies and procedures and to establish the culture on site. We have a blank slate where we can create a fun and positive environment for everyone to work.

3. What is your most memorable moment or favorite project with Artemis/Blackwater?

My favorite day on site was snowshoeing through the bush scoping out roads and pipeline corridors to optimize our design. We have several environmental constraints and challenging terrain to overcome. I enjoy being out in the field finding creative and cost-effective solutions to complex problems.

Riley Fagan

Riley Fagan

Project Engineer

1. Why did you join Artemis/Blackwater?

It’s not everyday that a new mining project gets developed in Canada. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to be involved in developing this asset into one of Canadas largest and most sustainable gold mines. Joining a great team of professionals with experience and proven success all over the world was just a bonus.

2. What do you love about your job?

I love the challenge and problem-solving aspects of figuring out the most sustainable and economic way to move large volumes of earth and successfully execute the construction phase of this project.

3. What is your most memorable moment or favorite project with Artemis/Blackwater?

At this stage, the most memorable moments have been getting to know the site team. We spend a significant portion of our time together up here and its great having relationships where you look forward to coming to work and spending time together. Everyone comes from different areas of the world and has different experiences that we can lean on to build Blackwater into a top tier asset.

Don Ethelston

Don Ethelston

Manager, Health and Safety

1. Why did you join Artemis/Blackwater?

I finished my previous project in August 2021 and decided to give retirement a try. That lasted until January 2022. Retirement wasn’t what I expected, so I decided to see what was available. Then Artemis came knocking. This project was exactly what I was looking for. It’s a new startup where I can help build a project and it matches my work/rest lifestyle. I have not regretted the decision.

2. What do you love about your job?

I like the people I work with. I like the challenges of moving a project from exploration to construction. I like that every time I return from rotation there is a different landscape and new challenges. I also like the fact I am working towards a concrete goal.

3. What is your most memorable moment or favorite project with Artemis/Blackwater?

My most memorable moment was when Blackwater conducted Mine Rescue training and certified 16 employees in BC Mine Rescue.

Andrew Overholt

Andrew Overholt

Technical Business Analyst

1. Why did you join Artemis/Blackwater?

The Blackwater Project represents a unique opportunity to be part of the development of British Columbia’s next flagship open pit mine. Artemis is a truly entrepreneurial organization where hard-working, results-oriented, and disciplined individuals have come together to accomplish something special.

As a Mining Engineer, I have always wanted to be part of a mine development journey. I joined Artemis to learn what it takes to bring a large-scale greenfield open pit mine into commercial operations from a highly experienced management team. I am grateful to be part of an organization that values the contributions of its employees and always offers the opportunity to be heard.

2. What do you love about your job?

There are many things I enjoy about my job and the Artemis culture. The most fulfilling aspects have been the opportunity to work across various disciplines and learn about a wide cross-section of the mining business. I also love the pace of work that Artemis offers and the ability to have a significant impact within the organization as we continue to grow and strengthen as a team.

3. What is your most memorable moment or favourite project with Artemis/Blackwater?

The most memorable moment at Artemis was my first site tour of the Project with our Indigenous Partners. The Blackwater Mine sits on the traditional unceded territories of Lhoosk’uz Dene Nation and Ulkatcho First Nation. I was fortunate to tour the site while learning about several cultural traditions and information about the history of the surrounding territory and its communities.

The relationship between Artemis and its Indigenous Partners is open and honest. It is impressive and reassuring, as a young professional from British Columbia, to experience how the company has fostered a strong culture of respect for the people, environment, and communities that surround the Blackwater Project.