Leadership Team


Our senior management group combines broad expertise in mining, finance, geology and human resources.

Mark D. Backens, B.SC., P. Geo, President & Chief Executive Officer, Director

Mr. Backens has over 30 years of global mining experience. Mr Backens broad experience encompasses investment banking as Director of Investment Banking - Mining for Scotia Capital and corporate experience in senior management roles with Meridian Gold, Placer Dome and Goldcorp in the areas of engineering, mine construction, mine management and corporate development. Mr. Backens is currently the Chairman and a Director of Candelaria Mining Corp., and has also served as a past director on a number of junior mining/resource companies. Mr. Backens holds a Bachelor of Science in Geological Engineering from South Dakota School of Mines and was formerly a Professional Geologist..

Miguel Bonilla, Country Manager Mexico

Miguel Bonilla is a Certified Public Accountant with extensive audit, accounting, consulting and internal control experience in the mining industry and other sectors. He joined Alio Gold (formerly Timmins Gold) as Controller in 2005 and was appointed VP Finance, Mexico in 2009 and Country Manager, Mexico in 2017. He has been involved in all the Company’s financial activities since its incorporation and has participated in the operations, regulations and legal activities. Previously, Mr. Bonilla was the audit manager for Moore Stephens’ Sonora office and worked as an independent financial management consultant for companies in the mining sector.

Ian Harcus, BBA, CPA, CA, Vice President, Finance

Mr. Harcus has over 12 years experience in financial accounting. He joined Alio Gold in 2015 as Controller and was promoted to Vice President, Finance in 2018. Prior to joining Alio Gold, he held positions with Grant Thornton LLP and Ernst & Young. Ian is a CPA, CA and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Joint Honors Major in Business and Economics, Finance and Economics from Simon Fraser University.

Markus Felderer, B. Ap. Sc., MBA, CFA, Vice President, Corporate Development

Mr. Felderer has over 20 years within the metals and mining sector. Prior to joining Alio Gold, he was Managing Director, Investment Banking at Canaccord Genuity Corp., where he led a significant M&A and equity business focused solely on the mining sector. Previously, he created and led HSBC's Metals & Mining Advisory/M&A business in the Americas providing clients, from global majors to Canadian juniors, with comprehensive financial and strategic analyses and advice. Mr. Felderer also worked at Teck Cominco in business development where he conducted evaluations of mining projects and companies. Markus holds a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and has an MBA and a Bachelor of Applied Science, Mining and Mineral Process Engineering.