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. You can learn more about his mining industry career and watch the tribute video 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 Pan American Silver and currently serves as Chair 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.
Neil Woodyer is the Vice Chair of Equinox Gold's Board of Directors, Chair of the Environment, Social and Governance Committee and a member of the Compensation, Nomination and Governance Committee. Mr. Woodyer was the CEO of Leagold from its formation in September 2016 until the company merged with Equinox Gold in March 2020. Neil has extensive history in the mining sector creating growth strategies, implementing financing plans and leading management teams. In 1988, Neil was a founder of Endeavour Financial, a successful mining merchant banking and advisory business. In 2009, Neil, then Endeavour’s CEO, and Frank Giustra devised Endeavour’s gold growth strategy and in 2010, Neil led the transition of a financial company (Endeavour Financial) into a mine operations and development company (Endeavour Mining). Endeavour Mining grew into one of the largest gold producers in West Africa through a series of acquisitions, successful expansion and optimization projects, and new mine construction. Neil left Endeavour Mining in June 2016 to found Leagold.
Director & CEO
Christian Milau has been the CEO of Equinox Gold from August 2016, leading the team through three 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, Christian was the CEO of True Gold until it was acquired by Endeavour Mining for approximately $240 million in April 2016. Prior to True Gold, Christian held senior positions at Endeavour Mining, New Gold, BNP Paribas in London, and Deloitte. Christian 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.
Maryse 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. Most recently, Ms. Bélanger was President, COO and Director of Atlantic Gold. She previously served as CEO and Managing Director of Mirabela Nickel. From 2011 to 2014, Ms. Bélanger was a senior executive with Goldcorp where she was ultimately appointed Senior Vice President, Technical Services. During this time, she oversaw the global geology, mine planning and design, metallurgy, hydrology, tailings dam and geotechnical engineering functions. Prior to joining Goldcorp, Ms. Bélanger was Director, Technical Services for Kinross Gold for Brazil and Chile. Ms. Bélanger is an active Board Member of Sherritt International, Plateau Energy Metals and Pure Gold Mining and has served on the boards of Mirabela, True Gold, Newmarket Gold and Atlantic Gold. She was recently recognized by the Women in Mining 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 and she is fluent in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.
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.
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 serves on the boards of several of Mubadala’s major investments in North America, including GlobalFoundries, the world’s leading specialty semiconductor manufacturing company, as well as NOVA Chemicals, a North American leader in the Olefins/Polyolefins sector with operations in the US and Canada. He previously served on or chaired the boards of several Mubadala portfolio companies including those in the metals and mining sector: Emirates Global Aluminium (a global leader in Aluminium, active across the entire value chain from Bauxite to Primary Aluminium), MATSA (a leading European Copper/Zinc miner) and MINESA (one of the world’s leading underground gold mines under development in Santander Province, Colombia). Mr. Breen has been involved in multiple aspects of the mining sector, including project development, operations, M&A, financing and joint ventures across all major geographies. Prior to joining Mubadala in 2010, he was based in Abu Dhabi as a partner with McKinsey & Company, focusing on heavy industries including Oil & Gas, Chemicals and Metals & Mining. Mr. Breen holds an MBA from London Business School. He is based in Mubadala’s New York office.
Gordon Campbell is a member of Equinox Gold's Audit 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.
Marshall Koval is a member of Equinox Gold's Environment, Social and Governance 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.
Peter Marrone is Chair of Equinox Gold's Compensation, Nomination and Governance Committee. Mr. Marrone is Executive Chair of Yamana Gold, which he founded in 2003. He has more than 30 years of mining, business, and capital markets experience. He has been on the boards of a number of public companies and has advised companies with a strong South American presence. Prior to Yamana, Mr. Marrone was the head of investment banking at a major Canadian investment bank and before that, practiced corporate law in Toronto with a strong focus on corporate law, securities law and international transactions.