Leadership Team

Management

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..

Jason Gregg, BBA, MBA, Executive Vice President, Human Resources

Mr. Gregg has over 20 years’ experience as a human resource professional. He successfully integrated Newmarket Gold and Crocodile Gold into a single highly functioning organization as the VP of Human Resources & Environment prior to the merger between Newmarket Gold and Kirkland Lake Gold. Prior to joining Newmarket Gold, Mr. Gregg provided human resources consulting services to organizations within the mining, forestry and technology industries. Previously, he worked as a human resources executive with Farallon Mining and Nyrstar and has held senior level human resource roles with HDI, International Forest Products, Canadian Forest Products and Teck. Jason holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Business Administration.

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.

Lynette Gould, BBA, CFA, Vice President, Investor Relations

Ms. Gould has over 20 years experience in investor relations and finance roles. Prior to joining Alio Gold, she was the Director of Investor Relations at Goldcorp, where she played a critical role in positioning Goldcorp’s new business strategy under its new leadership. Over her eight years with Goldcorp, she helped build a robust IR strategy and developed deep relationships within the investment community. Previously, she worked in financial roles at Angiotech Pharmaceuticals and GrowthWorks Capital. Lynette holds a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and has a Bachelor of Business degree. She is also a member of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) and the Canadian Investor Relations Institute (CIRI).

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.