PRESIDENT, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND DIRECTOR
Mr. Bonillas is an Industrial Engineer with over 40 years of experience in the Mexican mining industry and extensive experience in all aspects of exploration, financing, building and operations. His knowledge and experience with international markets has helped solidify partnerships with long time shareholders and institutions, vested in the mining projects and ventures he has developed. During his 10 year tenure as President of Timmins Gold Corp. (now Alio Gold), he spearheaded the company’s transition from one of exploration and development to a mid-tier gold producer, a crucial strategy in securing several years of positive reserve and resource growth, throughput and production.
Prior to Timmins Gold, he was President and Co-Founder of Silvermex Resources Inc. for 3 years; General Manager (Latin America) for Continuum Resources Ltd. Overseeing the development of the San Jose del Progreso project in Oaxaca, Mexico (sold to Fortuna Silver Mines Inc); and has also had operational and financial roles with Compañía Minera de Cananea (owned by Grupo Mexico) and Minera de Real de Angeles (Placer Dome Inc./Empresas Frisco joint venture).
Mr. Bonillas has in-depth knowledge and experience in corporate social responsibility and government relations, with an impeccable track record in community relations over the course of his career. In 2017, Mr. Bonillas received the prestigious Ostotakani Award, given to distinguished leaders in the Mexican mining industry. Mr. Bonillas earned his B.Sc. degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Arizona. He is the Chairman of the Advisory Board of Discovery Metals.
Vice President Exploration
Mr. Soto has over 40 years of experience in the Mexican mining industry, including 25 years in roles as senior executive geologist for several mining companies (Frisco, Real de Angeles [JV Frisco/Placer Dome], Peñoles, Timmins Gold Corp., etc.). Mr. Soto is widely recognized as one of the top mining professionals in the Country, with extensive knowledge of all mining districts in Mexico. As co-founder of Timmins Gold Corp. (now Alio Gold) he increased the gold resources of the Company’s San Francisco mine from 611,000 to 2.4 million ounces. In 2014 the Association of Mining and Geological Engineers of Mexico recognized Mr. Soto for his participation in mining exploration and leadership in the discovery of mineral deposits. In 2018, he was given the prestigious Ostotakani Award, which is given to distinguished leaders in the Mexican mining industry.
He is an active member of the Society of Economic Geologists (SEG). Mr. Soto holds a B.Sc. degree in Geological Engineering from the Instituto Politecnico Nacional. (National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico).
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER AND DIRECTOR
Mr. Sutherland has been a Chartered Professional Accountant since 1997. He was previously the President of McEwen Mining Inc., a mining company listed on the TSX and the New York Stock Exchange, from January 2016 to November 2016, and the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Archipelago Resources Plc, a company listed on the Australian Securities Exchange, from March 2012 to December 2015. He has held senior financial and executive roles with Timmins Gold Corp., Capital Gold Corporation, Nayarit Gold Inc. and Aurico Gold Inc.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER AND DIRECTOR
Mr. Bonilla is a Chartered Professional Accountant with extensive experience in Mining Industry and Financial Sector where he has been in a key positions for more than 25 years. Mr. Bonilla has held executive positions in Timmins Gold as Vice President Finance and Administration Mexico and in Alio Gold as Country Manager; he has been with the mine since inception in 2007.
On April 2021, we announced the appointment of Mr. Miguel Bonilla as Chief Operating Officer of Magna Gold Corp.
Ms. Kapusianyk is a lawyer with over 30 years experience in the areas of securities, corporate finance and corporate law. She was the Corporate Secretary and general counsel for Timmins Gold Corp. from 2007 to 2017 and then for Alio Gold Inc. (formerly Timmins Gold Corp.) from 2019 to 2020. Prior to joining Timmins Gold Corp., Ms. Kapusianyk advised clients, particularly in the mining industry, on initial and subsequent public offerings, stock exchange listings, reverse takeovers, continuous disclosure obligations, corporate governance, corporate structuring and re-structuring and ongoing public company compliance. Ms. Kapusianyk holds a Bachelor of Arts degree form the University of Victoria and a Bachelor of Law degree form the University of Ottawa.
VICEPRESIDENT OF FINANCE
Mr. Barbier joined Magna Gold in August 2020. He has more than ten years of experience in financial reporting, budgeting, financial planning, and cost analysis in multiple industries and countries. Prior to Magna Gold, he was the manager of financial planning & analysis for Alio Gold, where he developed a deep knowledge of the economics of the San Francisco asset.
Mr. Barbier received his MBA from the University of New Orleans and his Master in Audit & Finance from the EM Normandie Business School. He is fluent in English, Spanish and French. He is currently working on obtaining the CFA certification.