Strong Leadership With A Proven Track Record
Cantex is led by a team of professionals driven to discover commercial mineral deposits.
Chairman of the Board
Mr Fipke received an honours degree in Geology from the University of British Columbia in 1970 and was awarded an honourary Doctorate of Technology from Okanagan University College. He worked as an exploration and research geologist for Kennicott Copper in New Guinea, Samedan Minerals in Australia, Johannesburg Consolidated Investments (‘JCI’), in South Africa and Cominco in Canada and Brazil.
In 1977 he founded CF Mineral Research, which is amongst the leading heavy mineral and diamond exploration research laboratories in the world. For the past 40 years he has been involved in heavy mineral exploration projects for diamonds as well as base and precious metals worldwide. He founded Dia-Met Minerals Ltd. in 1984 and Cantex Mine Development Corporation in 1996. As Chairman of both companies, he has led his teams using his patented and proprietary heavy mineral technologies to discover the Ekati Diamond Mine in the Northwest Territories as well as three large copper-nickel-platinum deposits and two significant gold deposits in Yemen. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Metalex Ventures Ltd. Dr. Fipke has been the author and co-author of several publications on diamond exploration worldwide including the first publication on Diamond Exploration published by the Geological Survey of Canada.
Chad Ulansky (B.Sc.)
President & Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Ulansky is the President and a Director of the Corporation. He has over 25 years of exploration experience. As a graduate of the University of Cape Town, Mr. Ulansky has put his geology degree to use leading and managing exploration programs worldwide, from the arctic barren lands to African deserts and most places in between. He began his career working for Dia Met Minerals Ltd., on the project which yielded the Ekati diamond mine.
Mr. Ulansky serves as President and CEO of Metalex Ventures Ltd (since November 2006) and Northern Uranium Corp (since March 2014); both companies trade on the TSX Venture Exchange. He is also a director of Dunnedin Ventures Inc. (TSXV) and Solstice Gold Corp (TSXV).
Mr. Frolick is a graduate of the University of Windsor School of Law, Windsor, Ontario and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1976 and to the BC Bar in 1982. Currently he is crown Counsel in Penticton for the Attorney General of British Columbia.
Mr. Frolick is also an accomplished writer and is the author of Descent into Madness and Fire into Ice, the story of the founder of the Ekati Diamond Mine. He is also a director of Northern Uranium Corp. (TSXV).
Kathrine MacDonald (BSc., BComm)
Ms. MacDonald is a graduate of the University of British Columbia and has over 25 years experience in the Finance Industry including Investment Banking and Management, Finance, and Corporate Relations for public mining companies.
Mr. Obradovich has over 35 years experience in mining exploration, development, and financing. He is President and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Continental Exploration Corp.; was a key individual behind Aurelian Resources (acquired by Kinross Gold Mines for $1.2 billion in 2008), which discovered the Fruta Del Norte gold deposit in Ecuador; a co-founder of Canadian Royalties Inc., which discovered and developed the Raglan south nickel belt; acquired most of the Matachewan gold camp by an RTO of Young-Davidson Mines Ltd. which was subsequently acquired by Northgate Minerals in 2005; and serves on the board of Barkerville Gold Mines Ltd. Previously, Tom was a Director and a member of the Special Committee at Dalradian Resources, which was privatized by Orion Mine Finance for over $550 million.
Jennifer Irons (CPA, CA)
Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Irons is the Chief Financial Officer of Cantex Mine Development Corp and Metalex Ventures Ltd. She has held these positions since October 2013. She was appointed to the Board of Directors and Audit Committee of Northern Uranium Corp in April 2014, and became Chief Financial Officer in June of that year.
Ms. Irons graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and began her accounting career with KPMG in 2003. Prior to joining Metalex and Cantex in 2013, Ms. Irons held the position of Manager with a Kelowna based accounting firm where she served both individual and corporate clients.