A proven track record
Equinox Gold’s Chairman, Ross Beaty, was inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame in January 2018 in recognition of his significant contributions to the Canadian mining industry. You can learn more about his mining industry career and watch the tribute video here.
Ross Beaty is the Chairman of Equinox Gold's Board of Directors and a member of the Company's Social Responsibility/Technical Committee. Mr. Beaty is a geologist and resource company entrepreneur with over 40 years of experience in the international minerals and renewable energy industries. He founded Pan American Silver and currently serves as Chairman of the Pan American Board, and since 1985 has successfully founded and divested a number of other public mineral resource companies. He is past President of the Silver Institute in Washington, DC, a Fellow of the Geological Association of Canada and the Canadian Institute of Mining, and a recipient of the Institute's Past President's Memorial Medal. In 2007, Mr. Beaty received the Association of Mineral Exploration of BC's Colin Spence Award for excellence in global mineral exploration; in 2008, he received the Mining Person of the Year award from the Mining Association of BC and the 2008 Natural Resources & Energy Entrepreneur of the Year Award by Ernst & Young. In 2010, he was awarded the prestigious Viola MacMillan Award by the Prospector and Developers Association of Canada and was selected as Mining Person of the Year for 2011 by Canada’s Northern Miner newspaper. In 2014, he received the CIM’s Vale Medal for Meritorious Contribution to Mining and in 2017 he was appointed to the Order of Canada for his business contributions to the mining sector and for his philanthropy aimed at preserving the environment. In 2018, Mr. Beaty was inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame in recognition of his significant contributions to the Canadian mining industry. Mr. Beaty holds an MSc in Mineral Exploration (with Distinction) from the Royal School of Mines, University of London, England, and an LLB (Law) and a BSc (Honours Geology) from the University of British Columbia.
Chief Executive Officer & Director
Christian Milau has been the CEO of Equinox Gold since August 2016, leading the team through two mergers and an asset acquisition and growing the company from a single-asset developer to a multi-asset producer in just two years. Prior to joining Equinox Gold, he was the CEO of True Gold until it was acquired by Endeavour Mining for approximately $240 million in April 2016. Prior to True Gold, Mr. Milau held senior positions at Endeavour Mining, New Gold, BNP Paribas in London, and Deloitte. Mr. Milau brings more than 20 years of experience to the company with expertise in finance and capital markets as well as operational, government and stakeholder relations experience. He is currently a director of Northern Dynasty and Plateau Energy Metals.
Len Boggio is the Independent Lead Director, Chair of Equinox Gold's Audit Committee and a member of Equinox Gold's Compensation, Nomination and Governance Committee. Mr. Boggio was a director of NewCastle Gold until it was acquired by Trek Mining in the merger that formed Equinox Gold. He was formerly a partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) where he served for more than 30 years until his retirement in May 2012. During that time he was Leader of the B.C. Mining Group of PwC, a senior member of PwC’s Global Mining Industry Practice and an auditor of Canadian, U.S. U.K. and other internationally listed mineral resource and energy clients. Mr. Boggio is a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (FCPA, FCA) and has served as president of the British Columbia Institute of Chartered Accountants and chairman of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants. In 2019 Mr. Boggio was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia, recognizing Mr. Boggio's sustained distinction in his career, community service and work within the CPA profession.
Tim Breen is a member of Equinox Gold's Social Responsibility & Technical Committee and also the Compensation, Nomination and Governance Committee. Mr. Breen is a long-standing member of Mubadala Investment Company’s senior leadership team, currently serving as an Executive Director in Mubadala’s Technology, Manufacturing and Mining platform. He also serves on the boards of several of Mubadala’s investments, including Sociedad Minera de Santander (Minesa) in Colombia and Guinea Alumina Corporation in the Republic of Guinea. Mr. Breen also serves as a director and Executive Vice President of Finance, Strategy and Business Transformation of GlobalFoundries. Prior to joining Mubadala in 2010, he was based in Abu Dhabi as a partner with McKinsey & Company. Mr. Breen holds an MBA from London Business School.
Marcel de Groot
Marcel de Groot is Chair of Equinox Gold's Compensation, Nomination and Governance Committee. Mr. de Groot is a Chartered Accountant and is co-founder and President of Pathway Capital, a Vancouver based venture capital company that has played a significant role in the organization and development of a number of mining companies. He was a director of Trek Mining and a director of JDL Gold, and currently serves on the board of Asanko Gold.
Ibtissam (Sam) Drier
Ibtissam (Sam) Drier is a member of Equinox Gold's Audit Committee. Ms. Drier is VP, Strategic Initiatives with Pan American Silver, focusing on portfolio optimization and corporate finance opportunities. Prior to joining Pan American Silver, Ms. Drier was the co-founder and principal of a boutique advisory business providing corporate finance and M&A advisory services to junior and intermediate natural resource clients. Previously, Ms. Drier worked as Chief Operating Officer, Investment Banking at Barclays Capital and as Mergers and Acquisitions Manager with BHP Billiton. She started her career in the Natural Resources M&A team with JPMorgan, based in London. Ms. Drier holds a Bachelor of Business Science Honours degree (Finance and Economics) from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
Marshall Koval is a member of Equinox Gold's Social Responsibility/Technical Committee and also its Compensation, Nomination and Governance Committee. Mr. Koval is a mining executive with 38 years of corporate management, M&A, finance, mineral exploration, mine development and operations experience and has worked on mining projects in over 30 countries. He was President & CEO of Anfield Gold until it was acquired by Trek Mining in December 2017 in the transaction to form Equinox Gold, and is a Director of Miedzi Copper. Previously, Mr. Koval was a partner in Lumina Capital and served as CEO of Northern Peru Copper, VP of Corporate Development for Lumina Copper, President of Pincock, Allen & Holt and held management positions with Golder Associates, BHP/Utah International, Inco, Meridian Minerals and Inspiration Consolidated Copper. Mr. Koval holds a BSc in Geology from the University of Missouri and is a registered professional geologist in North Carolina and Washington.
Jacques McMullen is Chair of Equinox Gold's Corporate Social Responsibility/Technical Committee and a member of Equinox Gold's Audit Committee. He was a director of NewCastle Gold before it was acquired by Trek Mining in the merger that formed Equinox Gold. With over 35 years of senior management experience in the mining industry, Mr. McMullen has been directly involved with major capital projects including roles in operations, evaluations, and corporate development for several mining companies. He spent the majority of his career working with Barrick Gold in various senior roles from 1994 to 2012, as well as serving as Director of Highland Gold Mining, IGE Resources, Fire River Gold and Minera S.A. From 2014 to 2016, Mr. McMullen was Director and Chairman of Orvana Minerals. From 2012 to 2016, he was also Principal and Partner, Mines and Metals with BBA, a private engineering firm, and was a non-executive director. He holds a BSc in Applied Sciences (Metallurgy), is a Professional Engineer, and completed a Master’s Degree of Applied Sciences in Mineral Processing at Laval University. He currently serves as an advisor to management at Detour Gold, and is the Principal of J. McMullen & Associates, a privately held consulting company.