Meet our people
Our executive team has a broad skill set, bringing together the technical, construction, operations and financial experience required to advance Equinox Gold’s portfolio of assets.
Chief Executive Officer
Christian Milau has been the CEO of Equinox Gold from August 2016, leading 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 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.
Greg Smith has been President of Equinox Gold since March 2017, when JDL Gold merged with Luna Gold and Greg transitioned from his role as CEO of JDL Gold. 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 Greg 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 Greg is a director and the Audit Committee Chair of both Chesapeake Gold and Royalty North Partners. Greg is a Canadian Chartered Professional Accountant.
Chief Operating Officer
Doug Reddy was SVP Technical Services for Leagold from September 2016 until its merger with Equinox Gold in March 2020. Doug has more than 30 years of experience in project evaluations, exploration, mine geology, resource development and consulting in base and precious metals. He was with Endeavour Mining for 10 years in executive and senior management roles focused on technical services, business development and investor relations. Doug was based in Peru as manager of the Lima office of Amec Americas Limited and also was Technical Director - Geology and Geostatistics based in Vancouver. Doug is a registered professional geoscientist (P.Geo. APEGBC) and a Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.
Chief Financial Officer
Peter Hardie has been the CFO of Equinox Gold since August 2016. Before joining Equinox Gold, Peter was the CFO of True Gold until it was acquired by Endeavour Mining in April 2016. Peter is a Chartered Professional Accountant with 17 years of finance, accounting, business development, government negotiation, construction and operations experience. Before his time at True Gold, Peter spent 10 years at Nevsun Resources Ltd., where he progressed through various management positions and spent several years as Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer. He was involved in financing, construction and mine start-up, operations, government negotiations, and led all areas of finance, including treasury systems and reporting.
Susan Toews joined Equinox Gold as General Counsel in March 2018. Susan previously worked at New Gold Inc. from July 2008 as Vice President Legal Affairs, Corporate Secretary and as a consultant. Before her years at New Gold, Susan was Corporate Secretary for Peak Gold Ltd., which merged with New Gold in 2008, and was General Counsel for EGX Canada Inc., an emerging stock exchange for real estate related securities. Susan spent six years at the British Columbia Securities Commission as Senior Legal Counsel where she was involved in developing local and national rules with a focus on corporate governance practices and disclosure. Susan has over 20 years of legal and business experience in a combination of in-house, regulatory and private practice roles as well as knowledge of mining in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Australia and Chile. As General Counsel for Equinox Gold, she is responsible for day-to-day legal advice and providing legal support for all areas, including commercial negotiations, dispute resolution and legal and regulatory compliance. She has been a member of the Law Society of British Columbia since 1994 and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and a Bachelor of Laws.
Scott Heffernan has been planning and implementing Equinox Gold's exploration strategy as EVP Exploration since August 2016. Before joining Equinox Gold, Scott was the VP Exploration of True Gold until it was acquired by Endeavour Mining in April 2016. Scott is a registered professional geologist with 20 years of hands-on exploration and management experience throughout the Americas and Africa. Prior to joining True Gold, he held the dual positions of VP Exploration for Wealth Minerals Ltd., and Exploration Manager (Argentina) of Cardero Resource Corporation. Previous to that he was with Equity Exploration Ltd., a Vancouver-based consulting and contracting firm specializing in turn-key geological project management. Scott received his B.Sc. (Geology) from the University of Alberta and completed his M.Sc. (Geological Sciences) with the Mineral Deposit Research Unit (MDRU) at the University of British Columbia.
Sebastian D’Amici has been the SVP Finance of Equinox Gold since August 2016. Before joining Equinox Gold, Sebastian was VP Finance of True Gold until it was acquired by Endeavour Mining in April 2016. Sebastian is a Chartered Professional Accountant with 13 years of finance, investment banking, accounting and business development experience. Prior to joining True Gold, he held senior finance and accounting roles with CHC Helicopters, Clarus Securities and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Sebastian received his B.Sc. from the University of British Columbia.
SVP Technical Services
Corné Lourens joined the team following the merger with Leagold Mining in March 2020 and was SVP Operations Brazil for Equinox Gold until February 2021, when he joined the corporate office heading the Technical Services division. Corné has 30 years of experience in managing processing and mining operations, process design, expansion, construction and commissioning of gold processing facilities. He spent three years in Brazil heading the Brazil operations for Leagold Mining and then Equinox Gold, covering four operating mines and planning for the construction and restart at Santa Luz. Prior to this he spent 14 years in West and East Africa including five years as General Manager for the Nzema and Agbaou gold mines of Endeavour Mining. Previously, Corné spent 13 years with Anglo American and AngloGold Ashanti building up technical, managerial and operational skills and experience across their Southern African gold operations. Corné is a Fellow Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and studied Metallurgical Engineering at the Vaal Institute of Technology in South Africa.
SVP Project Development
Gordana Vicentijevic joined Equinox Gold as SVP Project Development in May 2021. She brings 24 years of extensive experience in mining operations, project management, engineering design and construction of mining, oil and gas and chemical lants. Prior to joining Equinox Gold, Gordana was Vice President & Project Director for Kinross Gold, where she managed the feasibility study, engineering, procurement and construction of the Tasiast Phase 2 and the 24k Tasiast expansion projects. Before Kinross Gold, she worked on several high-profile mining projects at Fluor Canada Limited, including as a Deputy Project Director for the US$4.6 billion Cerro Verde Expansion Project. Gordana received her BSc (Mechanical in Mining) from the University of Belgrade and completed her Master’s Degree (Engineering Management) at the University of Alberta.
VP Investor Relations
Rhylin Bailie has been the VP Investor Relations of Equinox Gold since October 2016. From July 2011 to October 2016, Rhylin managed all aspects of investor relations for a number of resource companies including Southern Arc Minerals, Eagle Hill Exploration and Sandspring Resources. Previously Rhylin was Director of Investor Relations for NovaGold Resources from 2006 to 2011, and prior to that held various positions in the Treasury group at Placer Dome from 1995 to 2006. Rhylin is a graduate of the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Environmental Studies degree. She is a director on the National Board of the Canadian Investor Relations Institute.