New Chamber General Manager Hired

18 July 2023

Yellowknife, NT (July 18, 2023) The NWT & Nunavut Chamber of Mines (Chamber) announces that Karen Costello has joined the Chamber as its General Manager, based in the Yellowknife Office.

“I am pleased to welcome Karen to the Chamber – her collective experiences in NWT and Nunavut along with her technical background as a Professional Geoscientist brings important additional capacity to the Chamber” said Chamber President Kenny Ruptash.

Prior to joining the Chamber Karen spent three years as Executive Director, Nunavut Impact Review Board, over 15 years with Crown Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs in both the NWT and Nunavut regional offices, and over three years with the Mines Branch of Manitoba Energy and Mines.

As General Manager, Karen will provide management of all aspects of the administration of the Chamber consistent with the Chamber’s Mission and Vision, its Strategic Plan and all objectives, strategies and policies as determined by the Chamber. She will be responsible for managing the Chamber’s day-to-day operations including human resources and financial management as well as supporting the Executive Director with the delivery of all programs and services, membership and retention, public relations, and advocacy work. As part of the Chamber’s ongoing succession planning, it is anticipated the General Manager will transition to the role of Executive Director. Karen can be reached at Tel: 867-873-5281, ext. 3 or via email at

The NWT & Nunavut Chamber of Mines has been the voice of the Northern mining and exploration industry since 1967, providing leadership on, and advocating for, responsible and sustainable mineral exploration and development in the NWT and Nunavut.