Our People

At Atlantic Gold, we are proud of our staff and the work they do each and every day to create a product that is recognized for its quality around the world.  But at it’s core, Atlantic Gold is a local company.  As of July 2018, Atlantic Gold employs just over 240 full-time staff at its Touquoy mine site and of those, 98% live within a 90-minute drive of the mine.  We also spend $52 million dollars every year to operate at our current mine site (with more to follow as we grow our business).  Most of that money is paid to our employees and contractors - increasing their buying power and the tax base of our province. For many of our employees, working at Atlantic Gold is an opportunity to return “home” from working out-of-province as most of them never thought they would have the opportunity to practice their trade in Nova Scotia.  Whether our employees are working at home or returning from away, they are buying houses and building lives in rural Nova Scotia and helping to preserve communities that have seen an exodus in recent years.

We’ve told you about our employees, but it is better for you to hear it from them directly.

We have so many dedicated staff with incredible stories to tell.  Please click on any of the pictures below and read the stories of a variety Atlantic Gold employees.

Chad K

Chad K, Relief Supervisor

“If this had been here back when I was getting started, I would have never have left Nova Scotia to work.”

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Chad K, Relief Supervisor

Chad K

“If this had been here back when I was getting started, I would have never have left Nova Scotia to work.”

Like many of Atlantic Gold’s Moose River mine team, Chad King has worked all over Canada. “I was a driller. I worked in northern BC, Nunavut, Yellowknife... I went where the work was.” But he always had a plan to return to Nova Scotia.

Having grown up in Middle Musquodoboit, Chad heard stories about the Moose River Mine where his wife’s great-grandfather had worked underground for years. “I always said that if they ever got something going there again, I wanted to work there.” So, when Atlantic Gold began hiring for the Touquoy Gold Project, Chad was in!

He started with Atlantic Gold as an Excavator Operator on the pit bottom, but quickly moved through the ranks to become a Relief Supervisor, gaining a reputation for hard work and drive along the way. Chad is also a mentor to more junior employees. “When you spend enough time with people and give them the right training and guidance, you can help them learn to run any piece of equipment on the site.”

Like Chad, a lot of the mine crew are people who used work fly-in, fly-out jobs, or travel to other parts of the region for work. My brother works here as a support operator and I have a lot of friends who came back to work here. It’s nice when you can come home to a good job and make a go of things”.

Jennifer A

Jennifer A, Administrative Assistant (soon to be, Environmental Advisor)

“There are so many opportunities here, you just have to go for it.”

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Jennifer A, Administrative Assistant (soon to be, Environmental Advisor)

Jennifer A

“There are so many opportunities here, you just have to go for it.”

It takes a lot of different skills to successfully run an operation like the one Atlantic Gold has at Moose River: miners, geologists, environmental advisors, engineers, heavy equipment operators and managers, as well as an adept administrative team to ensure it all runs smoothly. In her current role as Administrative Assistant to both Human Resources and Health & Safety departments, Jennifer Adshade has a lot to juggle.

“My job is never the same two days in a row. It can include anything from setting up tours, to H&S reports, and onboarding new employees. I am also a blast guard, so whenever there is a blast, we go down to the exploration area make sure it is all clear for blasting and that all health and safety protocols are being followed.”

Though Jen has been with Atlantic Gold for less than a year, she is in the process of transitioning to a new role that will see her return to her roots. “My background is environmental science. My supervisor knew this and approached me to see if I was interested in moving over to that department. I always had that as an end goal, but it happened a lot faster than I expected.”

Jennifer’s rise through the ranks is a familiar story at Atlantic Gold, where employees are regularly offered the opportunity to grow within the company through retraining or promotion. “They’re excellent to work for and this is certainly a great move for me. I really like it here. It’s really fast paced, and I learn something new every day.”

Charles M

Charles M - Haul Truck Operator

“This is my office.”

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Charles M - Haul Truck Operator

Charles M

More than a million tonnes of rock have been removed from the pit at Touquoy Gold mine since Atlantic Gold began commercial production there. Charles McLeod, a haul truck operator, has been part of the team that made that happen. “I found out about this job through Millbrook Band Office, before they even started operations. They hired me on the spot.”

This kind of job is rare in Charles’ experience; it is full time, year-round work. “I’ve been in construction since I was 15. I’ve run trucks like this one for 23 years, but I’ve never really had a year-round, full time job.” Throughout his life, Charles has worked for many different companies, changing jobs every year or so to follow the work. Originally from Millbrook First Nation, Charles now lives in Truro, and is happy to have a job so close to home. “As long as I continue to do a good job, there’s security here. It’s a good job and they’re good to work for.”

According to Charles, he arrives at the site, gets in his truck and does the work. But as he talks about his job, you can hear the pride he has in his years of experience and what has been accomplished so far at Touquoy. “I’ve been here since Day One and helped build the roads before there was any mining going on, now look at it.” With a quick laugh, Charles points out the pit behind him and added, “This is my office.”

Ryan K

Ryan K - Environmental Engineer-In-Training (EIT)

“This is exactly what I went to school for. I’m very happy to be working here.”

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Ryan K - Environmental Engineer-In-Training (EIT)

Ryan K

“This is exactly what I went to school for. I’m very happy to be working here.”

Last spring, when Ryan Keating graduated with a degree in Environmental Engineering, he already knew what he wanted to do. Months before graduation, his program allowed him to complete a co-op placement, and Ryan’s 32-week work term was at a mine in Saskatchewan.

“That job introduced me to the mining industry. I loved it. It really clicked with me and I started looking for similar industries locally. That’s how I ended up here.”

As an EIT, Ryan’s job is to monitor soil, air and water quality around the mine site, “We have a large network of monitoring. We conduct weekly sampling, more rigorous monthly and quarterly sampling of all groundwater and surface water. But we also have sensors that are logging continuous data which helps us compile a complete picture of the environmental conditions around site.”

Safe production and environmental stewardship are key values of the Atlantic Gold organization. The company – particularly the environment team – work closely with provincial regulators to ensure they are meeting or exceeding the standards set out for them. “We have a dedicated inspector at NS Environment and we have open dialogue, sharing as much information as possible. The goal that we all have is to operate in an environmentally sustainable manner and to eventually return the site back to its native and natural state”.

Vicki C

Vicki C - Security Officer

“I really enjoy working here, It’s a pretty great company.”

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Vicki C - Security Officer

Vicki C

“I really enjoy working here, It’s a pretty great company.”

Every day at Atlantic Gold’s Touquoy Gold Mine, as many as 240 people, 93 pieces of heavy equipment and 25,000 tonnes of ore on the move around the site’s 1760 hectares – not to mention the gold. And all of it needs to be monitored 24/7.

Vicki is a member of the Abenaki First Nations, bilingual in both French and English, and a Security Officer at the mine. Along with the rest of Atlantic Gold’s security team, she is responsible for enforcing the organization’s security policy and procedures. “We are responsible for controlling access to the facility. Everybody has to check in – drivers, visitors, employees – on their way in, and on their way out. We make sure that nothing related to the product leaves the site, no equipment, no tools – not even a rock.”

The team is also responsible for the security of the employees. “The important thing for us is that everything is kept secure and that everyone on the site is safe and there are no incidents that happen to get in the way of what everyone is here to do.”

As you can imagine, security at a gold mine is a pretty big deal. “I take my job very seriously. It is a lot of responsibility, but security is my passion, so it is a responsibility that I am happy to take on every day.”