Management & Board

A Track Record Of Commercial Success


Metalex has a strong management team with a track record of commercial success. Our Chairman, Dr. Charles Fipke, discovered the world class Ekati Diamond Mine in Canada. The President, Chad Ulansky has over 30 years of Canadian and international diamond exploration experience. Lorie Waisberg, a Director, is an expert in corporate governance and a director of several TSX listed companies.

Metalex has access to the proprietary technology, developed over a 40-year period, by Kel-Ex Development/CF Mineral Research that allows the company to focus on the discovery of significantly diamondiferous kimberlites and thus short circuit commercial success.  

Charles Fipke
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 45 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. 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.

In recognition of his achievements he is a member of the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame, and has received numerous other awards including the Northern Miner’s Mining Man of the Year and the PDAC’s Prospector of the Year.

Chad Ulansky (B.Sc., P.Geo)
President & Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Chad Stanley Ulansky, B.Sc., PGeo, has been the Chief Executive Officer and President of Metalex Ventures Ltd. since November 2006. He has over 30 years of exploration experience specializing in diamonds. As a graduate of the University of Cape Town, Mr. Ulansky has put his geology degree to good 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 CEO and President of Cantex Mine Development Corp. (since February 2009). He also serves as a director of both Kodiak Copper Corp. and Cantex Mine Development Corp., both of which are listed on the TSX Venture Exchange; he is also a director of Northern Uranium Corp, which is listed on the NEX.

Lorie Waisberg (LLP)

Lorie Waisberg practiced business law with Goodmans LLP in Toronto for 30 years until August 2000, following which he served as Executive Vice President, Finance and Administration of Co-Steel Inc. (formerly TSX), a steel manufacturer until October 2002. He has served as a director of several public companies and as Chairman or a member of the audit, governance and compensation committee. Mr. Waisberg holds an ICD.D designation as a professional corporate director.

Chief Glenn Nolan

Glenn Nolan has extensive experience in generating mutually beneficial relationships between First Nations and the mining industry. Former Chief of the Missanabie First Nations Band, Chief Nolan began his career in the mid-1970’s, prospecting throughout northern and western Canada prior to starting his own company, which performed exploration work such as geophysical surveys, claim staking and camp management.

He continues to advise foreign governments and companies on best practices when working with indigenous communities. Chief Nolan is Past President of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada and is Vice President of Government Affairs of Noront Resources Ltd. (TSXV).

Jennifer Irons (CPA, CA)
Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Irons is the Chief Financial Officer of Metalex Ventures Ltd. and Cantex Mine Development Corp. 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.