The 2005 Robert M. Dreyer Award
Awarded To: Charles E. Fipke
“In recognition of his innovations in geology, geochemistry and heavy mineral prospecting and his tenacity, courage and conviction which lead to the discovery of the world-class diamonds fields of the Northwest Territories of Canada, and for his lecture, ‘A Brief History of Canadian Diamond Discovery and Insights to New Diamond Exploration Methods’.”
Charles Fipke graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1970 with a B.S. (honors) in geology. His career includes positions with Kennecott Copper, New Guinea; Johannesburg Consolidated Investments, South Africa; Cominco, Brazil; Dia Met Minerals, Canada; Goldtex Resources, Canada and Canadian Mountain Minerals. He was named Prospector of the Year in 1993 by the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada and was chosen Mining Man of the Year, 1992, by the Northern Miner Magazine. He also received an honorary doctorate from Okanagan University College.
Fipke is currently chair and exploration director of Cantex, an exploration company in Kelowna BC Canada and owner and president of C.F. Minerals, a research laboratory. Cantex uses the proprietary mineral prospecting techniques and resources of C.F. Minerals. As a result of these exploration techniques, Cantex holds gold- and base-metals properties in Yemen, diamond properties in Greenland, lead-zinc-silver properties in southeastern British Columbia and gold properties in Nevada.
The Robert M. Dreyer Award in Applied Economic Geology, established as an annual Award in 1999, recognizes outstanding achievements in applied economic geology. The outstanding achievements so recognized must have been accomplished through commercial exploration or development of metalliferous and/or nonmetalliferous mineral deposits.