About Learn about who we are

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Icefield Instruments was formed in 1990 in response to a demand for glaciological instrumentation and consulting services. Icefield Instruments Inc. is incorporated in the Yukon Territory, Canada.

Icefield Instruments Inc. has the experience and expertise to design, construct, and test a wide variety of instruments for use in extreme environments. We build both standard products (ice coring drill, ice-penetrating radar systems) and custom equipment. Through our work with ice coring technology, in particular AUTOCORE and ultra-clean drill technology, we have expertise in delivering clean samples with extremely low contamination levels. We have experience in sub-glacial water sampling, design for high-pressure environments, design for low-pressure environments (Mars), thermal/environmental extremes, and the use of exotic materials.

Our capabilities cover the complete spectrum of mechanical design, electronic design, software authoring, prototype fabrication, field testing, field services, and commercial production.

Meet Our Team

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Erik Blake

Erik brings more than 20 years experience as a leading global developer of glaciological and borehole drilling technologies. With a PhD in geophysics from the University of British Columbia, he understands first hand the importance of effective field equipment, and has proven his expertise specializing this technology for both academic and industrial applications.

The depth of his knowledge is evident in his many technological achievements, including his design of a prototype ice coring drill for use on a Mars Rover. In recent years, Dr. Blake has overseen the delivery of ice coring drills for applications in the most extreme environments, including two projects in Antarctica.

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Emmanuel Potvin
Mechanical Engineer

Emmanuel has roots in New Brunswick, was raised in BC and now calls Whitehorse his home. He is a mechanical designer and manufacturing Engineer with an Undergraduate in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Victoria.

Emmanuel has significant experience managing R&D and prototyping projects. He has held roles as R&D Mechanical Engineer, Research Assistant, and Manufacturing Engineer. He also has extensive experience in electrical and mechanical assembly and manufacturing. His education and work experience provide him with a wide range of product design and implementation knowledge; Taking products from the idea stage, to inception and finally to market. His passions include solving problems, outdoor adventures, and helping people succeed.

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Etienne Gros
Mechanical Development Specialist

Etienne has been in the Yukon for more than 7 years. He has 20 years of experience in different shops and design offices working in various roles as a Mechanical Development Specialist, a Tool and Die Maker, and a Water Jet Cutting Service Engineer.

His background and expertise in industries ranging from automotive to oil and gas allow him to tackle new technical challenges for Icefield Instruments. In his free time he enjoys back country skiing and sailing.