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Director, Environmental Affairs

Equinox Gold is a Canadian mining company with seven gold mines and a clear plan to increase production by advancing a pipeline of growth projects. The Company is delivering on its growth and diversification strategy, rapidly growing from a single-asset developer to a multi-mine producer, and is advancing toward its vision of producing one million ounces of gold annually.


Job description:

Reporting to and advising the Vice President, Health, Safety & Environment, this role is responsible for leading the Company’s global Environmental Affairs programs, with corporate oversight of the Environmental teams responsible for Company strategies and programs to manage risks associated with the environment.


Key Areas of Responsibilities and Duties:

Ensures policies, standards, systems and resources are in place at all Company sites and operations to:

  • Identify and manage all significant environmental risks associated with our operations, in compliance with applicable regulations and best practice
  • Support and oversee the securement of all appropriate licenses, permits and approvals of an environmental nature required for the Company’s operations; and ensure that the Company is in material compliance with the terms and conditions of all licenses, permits, approvals, and applicable regulatory environmental requirements in relation to its properties, including necessary environmental and safety filings and reporting
  • Report on matters of Corporate Governance associated with environmental matters including tailings facility performance
  • Identify, prevent and prepare for response to potential environmental emergencies at the Company’s operations and support corporate crisis management and communications
  • Work with the sites to develop effective and feasible plans for mine closure
  • Oversee all reclamation and closure cost estimating to support business planning, cost accounting, and financial surety
  • Oversee corporate tailings dam performance standard and program to ensure complete management of all tailings facility risks (TSM Protocols)
  • Share best practices, learned lessons, and innovations in the area of environment between functions and between operations of the Company and encourage continuous improvement
  • Identify and monitor regulatory changes in the area of environment that could affect the Company’s operations, and implement appropriate engagement and/or mitigation strategies
  • Mobilizes the expertise of the site’s Environmental teams, and where necessary external expert resources, to help operations address environmental issues and challenges
  • Advises management on Environmental objectives, targets, and metrics and helps management assess the Environmental performance of the Company and its subsidiaries
  • Identifies and monitors environmental issues that do or could impact Equinox Gold on a global scale, and works with management to implement appropriate responses including engagement in policy development and participation in associations and organizations
  • Oversees periodic review and revision of environmental management systems, standards, and procedures; makes recommendations to senior management for modifications to company-wide policies and programs
  • Ensures due diligence is applied regarding environmental matters related to corporate transactions, and advises management on those matters accordingly
  • Oversees the Company’s environmental aspects of the Corporate Responsibility reporting, working with Operations and other functions as required
  • Auditing and Assurance of the Company and operations performance
  • Ensures there is a comprehensive and effective succession management strategy in place for the Environmental teams, and continuously builds the capabilities of the team and its members.


Qualifications and Skills Required:

  • University degree in engineering, business, environmental science, or political/social science
  • Masters, MBA, or LLB would be an asset
  • Minimum of 15 years of international work experience in the mining industry in environmental issues and policy, including on-site management
  • Experience with all stages of the mine life cycle, including due diligence, exploration, permitting, construction, commissioning, and operations through to closure.
  • At least 7+ years’ operating at the management level with team management responsibilities
  • Previous experience interacting with Senior Management on environmental matters
  • Exposure to industry and legislative authorities on policy development issues
  • Previous experience in development and implementation of corporate-wide environmental management systems and performance metrics
  • Expert knowledge of technical environmental issues including tailings stability, water management and water treatment, assessment of environmental risks, acid rock drainage / metals leaching, hydrogeology, wetlands, design and quality assurance of monitoring systems, and regulatory compliance/reporting
  • Previous experience with permitting processes in various jurisdictions, including baseline studies, environmental and social impact assessment, consultation, and coordination with internal design/project teams
  • Expert knowledge of environmental management systems, including hazard identification / risk assessment, controls for critical tasks, incident management and investigation, incorporation of environmental protection into design, site performance and environmental leadership, as well as regulatory compliance
  • Expert knowledge of internationally accepted environmental best practices
  • Previous experience auditing environmental systems
  • Demonstrated alignment with Equinox Gold’s “Vision and Values”
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to build relationships with diverse individuals, strong influencing skills
  • Excellent diplomatic and communication abilities
  • Must be fluent in English.  Fluency in other Portuguese and Spanish preferred.


Thank you for your application.

Please note, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.