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.

Paul Jones, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development

Prior to joining Alio, Mr. Jones was with Capstone Mining Corp. in a variety of increasingly senior roles in operations, financial planning, investor relations and business development. Before joining Capstone in 2014, Paul spent 12 years in investment banking where he assisted international mining clients in evaluating and executing various strategic initiatives, including mergers and acquisitions, asset divestitures, takeover defenses, as well as equity and debt financings. Paul holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance from the University of British Columbia.

André Amorim, General Manager Mina San Francisco

Mr. Amorim has over 15 years of mining experience. Prior to joining Alio Gold, he worked in operation management roles in Mexico with Cobre del Mayo (Invecture Group) and in Honduras and Brazil with Aura Minerals. Before starting in operations, he also worked for Metso Minerals on the engineering side in South America. His progressive work on mineral processing involves areas of metallurgy, engineering, projects and operation of gold and copper ores. Mr. Amorim holds a Bachelor of Mining Engineering from the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (Brazil).