Ross Beaty

ROSS BEATY is a geologist and entrepreneur in the international minerals and renewable energy industries. He currently Chairs Pan American Silver Corp. and Equinox Gold Corp. and has founded and divested many other resource companies. He is also an environmental philanthropist, primarily through The Sitka Foundation. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Nature Trust of BC, is a Director of The Pacific Salmon Foundation and Panthera, and is patron of the Beaty Biodiversity Center at the University of BC. Mr. Beaty was appointed to The Order of Canada in 2017 and the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame in 2018.

3 words to describe Nature? 

Spiritual. Wondrous. Sustainable

3 things Nature taught you? 

What beauty really is.

What sustainable systems look like.

The ability to enjoy simple things without all the junk in urban systems.

3 most treasured Nature spots? 


BC coast


When you look at the ocean, it makes you feel...? 


When you see a forest, it makes you feel...? 


When you see a volcano, it makes you feel...? 

If it’s an active volcano it’s always awesome. If it’s an extinct volcano I always think of the power of plate tectonics.

When you see a sunrise or sunset, it makes you feel...? 


When you hear thunder, it makes you feel...? 

Appreciative of the power of nature

When you hear the wind howling, it makes you feel...? 


Are you an Ocean, Mountain, Forest, or Desert person? 


On a scale of 1 to 10, how important is Nature to your well-being? 


Share with us a childhood nature memory? 

Hiking and camping with my family.