Beaty C.M., Ross J.
1951 — -
Throughout his 48-year career, Ross Beaty has been a leader in the international mining and renewable energy industries, making a significant and lasting impact in BC and around the world.
After graduating from the University of British Columbia in 1979 in geology and law, Ross began a geological contracting company, Beaty Geological, which he operated from 1980 through 1987. In 1985, Ross established Equinox Resources, a public exploration and gold mining company. In 1994, Ross sold Equinox and founded Pan American Silver. Based in Vancouver, Pan American is now one of the world’s largest silver mining companies with 10 operating mines in the Americas and over 12,000 employees. Between 1994 and 2017 Ross founded 11 other mineral exploration companies and a renewal energy company that has become one of Canada’s largest independent power producers. In 2018, Ross began Equinox Gold, which now operates eight mines in the Americas.
Through all his endeavours, Ross has been committed to sustainable development and high standards of environmental, social and governance practices. In 2007 he established the Sitka Foundation with a mission to protect the environment and promote biodiversity. The Foundation partners with more than 70 Canadian and global environmental organizations focused on land conservation, education, scientific research, and public policy in support of protection of the environment.
Mr. Beaty is Patron of the Beaty Biodiversity Center, University of British Columbia. He is also Director of a number of environmental NGOs, including Panthera, the BC Parks Foundation and the Pacific Salmon Foundation.
He is a past President of the Silver Institute, a Fellow of the Geological Association of Canada, the Society of Economic Geologists, and the Canadian Institute of Mining, and a recipient of the Institute’s Past President Memorial Medal.
Mr. Beaty has received the Association of Mineral Exploration of B.C.’s Colin Spence Award for excellence in global mineral exploration; the 2008 Mining Person of the Year award from the Mining Association of B.C.; the Viola R. MacMillan Award by the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada; the CIM’s Vale Medal for meritorious contribution to mining; the Vancouver Aquarium’s North Medal for Ocean Conservation; the Alumni Award of Distinction from UBC’s School of Law; the Civic Merit Award from City of Vancouver and the C. J. Westerman Memorial Award from Engineers & Geoscientists British Columbia. Mr. Beaty has been inducted to the Resource Hall of Fame (2015), the Business Laureates of British Columbia Hall of Fame (2017) and the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame (2018). Mr. Beaty was also appointed to The Order of Canada in 2017.