A proven track record
Equinox Gold’s Chair, 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. In 2021, Mr. Beaty was awarded the C.J. Westerman Memorial Award by Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia for his remarkable commitment to environmentalism in the mining industry, demonstrating that mining and environmental protection are not mutually exclusive terms.
You can learn more about Ross Beaty’s commitment to the environment and his career in the mining industry here and watch the tribute video from his inauguration into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame here.
Ross Beaty is the Chair of Equinox Gold's Board of Directors. 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 and is Chair Emeritus of Pan American Silver 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. In 2021, he was awarded the C.J. Westerman Memorial Award by Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia. 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.
President, CEO & Director
Greg Smith was appointed CEO and a Director of Equinox Gold on September 1, 2022. Mr. Smith had been President of Equinox Gold since March 2017, when JDL Gold merged with Luna Gold, and helped to lead the team through four mergers and an asset acquisition to grow the company from a single-asset developer to a multi-asset producer. Prior to his role as CEO of JDL Gold, he held the roles of CEO and founder of Anthem United, President and CEO of Esperanza Resources prior to its sale to Alamos Gold, and CFO of Minefinders Corporation prior to its sale to Pan American Silver. Previously Mr. Smith has held management positions at both Goldcorp and the mining division of KPMG LLP, and he also acted as a director of Premier Royalty prior to its sale to Sandstorm Gold. Currently Mr. Smith is a director of Solaris Resources and i-80 Gold, and a director and the Audit Committee Chair of Royalty North Partners. Greg is a Canadian Chartered Professional Accountant.
Maryse Bélanger is Chair of Equinox Gold's Environment, Social and Governance Committee and is a member of its Compensation and Nomination Committee. Ms. Bélanger has over 35 years of experience with senior gold companies globally, with proven strengths in operational excellence and efficiency, technical studies and services. She has provided oversight and project management support through some of the mining industry’s key strategic acquisitions. Ms. Bélanger was appointed Chair of IAMGOLD in 2022. From July 2016 to July 2020, Ms. Bélanger was President, COO and Director of Atlantic Gold Corporation, where she successfully guided the company in taking its Touquoy Mine in Nova Scotia from construction to commissioning, ramp up and full production, through its eventual acquisition by St. Barbara for C$722 million. Ms. Bélanger is currently Mine General Manager and a director of Pure Gold Mining. Previously, from 2014 to 2016, she served as CEO and Managing Director of Mirabela Nickel Ltd. where she is credited with the successful turnaround of the Santa Rita mine in Brazil during a period of extremely low metal prices. From 2011 to 2014, Ms. Bélanger was a senior executive with Goldcorp where she was ultimately appointed Senior Vice President, Technical Services. Prior to Goldcorp, Ms. Bélanger was Director, Technical Services for Kinross Gold Corporation for Brazil and Chile. Ms. Bélanger is an active Board Member of Equinox Gold, Sherritt International and Pure Gold Mining and has served on the boards of Mirabela, True Gold, Newmarket Gold, Sigma Lithium, Plateau Energy Metals and Atlantic Gold. She was recognized twice by the Women in Mining UK “WIM (UK)” 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining Project as one the most inspirational Global Women in Mining. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology, a graduate certificate in Geostatistics, ICD.D designation and she is fluent in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.
François Bellemare is a member of Equinox Gold's Environment, Social and Governance Committee. Mr. Bellemare is a long-standing member of Mubadala's Direct Investments platform, currently serving as Senior Vice President covering the Industrials and Business Services sector based in the firm's New York office. Mr. Bellemare has been involved in multiple aspects of the mining sector, including deal origination and execution, partnerships, project development, financing, and joint ventures across all major geographies. Prior to joining Mubadala in 2014, he was at BMO Capital Markets based in their London and Toronto offices, advising metals and mining companies on M&A and capital markets transactions. Mr. Bellemare holds a Bachelor's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from McGill University.
Len Boggio is the Board's Independent Lead Director and is Chair of Equinox Gold's Audit 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.
Gordon Campbell is a member of Equinox Gold's Audit Committee and also its Compensation and Nomination Committee. Mr. Campbell was a Canadian diplomat and politician. From 2011 to 2016, he was the Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. He was the 34th Premier of British Columbia from 2001 to 2011 and was the leader of the Official Opposition in British Columbia from 1994 to 2001. From 1986 to 1993, Mr. Campbell was Mayor of Vancouver, British Columbia. Prior to serving in politics, Mr. Campbell was a real estate developer and a CUSO teacher in Nigeria.
General Wesley K. Clark
General Wesley Clark is a member of Equinox Gold's Audit Committee and also its Environment, Social and Governance Committee. General Clark is a retired 4-star U.S. Army General. General Clark spent 34 years in the U.S. Army and held several Commands including Supreme Allied Commander Europe of NATO and, earlier in his career, Commander, U.S. Southern Command, which covers activities in South America and Central America. Currently, General Clark heads a strategic advisory and consulting firm.
Dr. Sally Eyre is Chair of Equinox Gold's Compensation and Nomination Committee. Dr. Eyre is a mining finance professional with extensive experience in global resource capital markets and mining operations. Dr. Eyre currently holds non-executive directorships at Ero Copper and Centamin. During 2011 to 2014 she served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Copper North Mining and prior to Copper North Mining served as Senior Vice President, Operations at Endeavour Mining, responsible for a portfolio of resource exploration, development and production projects throughout West Africa. Dr. Eyre served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Etruscan Resources (now Endeavour Mining), a gold company with producing assets in West Africa. She served as Director of Business Development for Endeavour Financial and has held executive positions with a number of Canadian resource companies. Dr. Eyre has a Ph.D. in Economic Geology from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, London. Dr. Eyre is a member of the Society of Economic Geologists, a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors, and a former Director of the Society of Economic Geologists Canada Foundation.
Marshall Koval is a member of Equinox Gold's Environment, Social and Governance Committee. Mr. Koval is a mining executive with 42 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 is currently President, CEO and a Director of Lumina Gold and was President & CEO of Anfield Gold until it was acquired by Trek Mining in December 2017 in the transaction to form Equinox Gold. He is also currently CEO and a Director of Luminex Resources and is a Director of Miedzi Copper. Previously, Mr. Koval was a partner in Lumina Capital and served as CEO and President 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.