Meet the Team

Mine builders. Explorers. Leaders. Innovators.

Equinox Gold has fostered a culture that leverages the skills of its leadership team and employees, and the Company strives to inspire and motivate its team. The Company’s core values – integrity, accountability, teamwork, excellence – define its culture and guide every decision. 

Meet the Team

integrity, accountability, teamwork, excellence 

The team at Equinox Gold comes from a wide range of diverse backgrounds and expertise, from all over the globe. Meet the individuals who continue to contribute to the success of the company. A new team member will be featured every Monday. 

Ligia Pannu

Ligia Pannu
Office Manager

I come from an Italian background, was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil and immigrated to Canada with my family in 2001. I have spent most of my career in the mining industry with over 12 years in Office Administration. At Equinox Gold I am the Office Manager, working with my colleagues on a diverse range of administrative tasks including managing our employees’ benefit plans, onboarding new employees, arranging travel and logistics bookings to the mine sites, organizing mine site visits, planning company social events and much more. Mining is a culturally diverse, challenging and exciting industry. Each new day brings many surprises!
Before entering the mining industry I worked in different industries such as Hospitality and Education. I studied International Business Management at Langara College and received another diploma in Event Planning & Marketing from BCIT. During my studies, I had a very memorable internship in Italy where I worked for a wedding planning company and planned 30 destination weddings in four months! I have also worked in an English Language Studies school recruiting students from Brazil to study in Vancouver. Keeping balance in life is very important to me. I focus on yoga and hiking, but what runs in the family is dancing and arts. Above all, my absolute favourite thing to do is travelling to different countries and experiencing new cultures, cuisines and languages. I am a huge wine enthusiast, studied to be a wine sommelier and completed my Wine and Spirit Education Trust Level 3 course.

Payam Rahmdel

Payam Rahmdel
Director, Advanced Analytics

I was born and raised in northern Iran, near the beautiful Caspian Sea. Growing up I played a variety of sports and even pursued a professional career in basketball. I got my B.Sc. in Electronic Engineering at the University of Azad University of Sabzevar in Iran and then followed the academic path towards an M.Sc. program in Kyungpook National University in South Korea that was transferred to the Middlesex University London in England where I completed a combined Masters/Ph.D. in Computer Science. I moved to Canada in 2014 to take a postdoctoral fellowship position in Data Science at the University of British Columbia and joined Equinox Gold in September 2020.

As Director of Advanced Analytics at Equinox Gold, I’m responsible for helping our organization to get the most value from our data assets through data science. There are valuable insights hidden in our data, and my role is to help different parts of our organization to better access, process, analyze and action on the insights both at the corporate and the site level. I also focus on data science challenges at the site level such as predictive maintenance and remaining useful life of components, downtime analysis, optimized truck dispatching to reduce fuel consumption, and analytics process automation to help our organization be more efficient with resources.

Anju Lama

Anju Lama
Administrative Assistant

I was born and raised in New Delhi, India. However, my family is from Nepal and moved to India before I was born, so I am Nepalese. I completed my Bachelor of Public Administration in New Delhi at Indira Gandhi National Open University. In 2017, I moved to Canada for my family and further pursued my career in IT. In 2021, I began working at Equinox Gold as an Administrative Assistant to expand my industry experience. At Equinox Gold, my role is to provide administrative support to the team to ensure the efficient operation of the office. I am also the smiling face that will greet and assist you when you enter the office. When I’m not working you can find me cooking and trying new recipes or eating out and trying new cuisines. I also do Zumba and practice my bachata dance. When the pandemic restrictions are lifted, I am really looking forward to traveling again.

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