A proven track record
Equinox Gold’s Chairman, Ross Beaty, was inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame on January 11, 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. Congratulations!
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 was the CEO of Trek Mining until it merged to form Equinox Gold in December 2017, and was the CEO of Luna Gold from August 2016 until it merged with JDL Gold in March 2017 to form Trek Mining. Before joining Luna Gold, Mr. Milau was the CEO of True Gold until it was acquired by Endeavour Mining for approximately $240 million in April 2016. At True Gold, he was integral to development of the Karma Gold Mine where, under his leadership, True Gold was able to successfully negotiate agreements with the government and community in Burkina Faso, recommence construction, complete development, and reach production, all in under 14 months. Mr. Milau is a Canadian Chartered Professional Accountant with over 20 years of experience in mining and finance. In addition to his background in finance and capital markets, he brings important operational, government and stakeholder relations experience, including successfully negotiating various community, security, fiscal and tax agreements. Prior to True Gold, Mr. Milau held senior positions at Endeavour Mining, New Gold, BNP Paribas in London, and Deloitte. He is currently a director of Northern Dynasty and Plateau Uranium.
President & Director
Greg Smith was President of Trek Mining until it merged to form Equinox Gold in December 2017, and was the CEO of JDL Gold until it merged with Luna Gold in March 2017 to form Trek Mining. Prior to his role with 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 he is a director and the Audit Committee Chair of both Chesapeake Gold and Royalty North Partners. Mr. Smith is a Canadian Chartered Professional Accountant and was the recipient of the 2013 CA Early Achievement Award and the 2014 Business in Vancouver Top 40 under 40.
Len Boggio is Chairman of Equinox Gold's Audit Committee and a member of Equinox Gold's Compensation & Corporate 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.
Marcel de Groot
Marcel de Groot is Chairman of Equinox Gold's Compensation & Corporate Governance Committee and a member of Equinox Gold's Audit 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.
Marshall Koval is a member of Equinox Gold's Social Responsibility/Technical Committee and its Compensation & Corporate 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 Chairman of Equinox Gold's CorporateSocial 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.