President, CEO 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).