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.
Mr. Farsangi holds a B.Eng. in Mining Engineering from Laurentian University, a M.Eng. in Rock Mechanics and a Ph.D. in Mining Engineering from McGill University, and an Executive MBA from Queen's University. He is currently the President of PF Mining and Metals Inc. Prior to that he held the positions of President, CEO and Director of Scorpio Mining Corporation from 2010 to 2012. Mr. Farsangi served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Vale Inco from 2007 to 2009 and was with Falconbridge Limited from 1987 to 2007 in roles that included General Manager, Sudbury Mines/Mill Business Unit and President of Gramercy Alumina and St. Ann Bauxite. Mr. Farsangi has served on a number of mining association boards and is currently also a director of other TSX listed companies.
Ms. Laura Cristina Diaz Nieves, former Director General of Mines of Mexico, is a Partner of the Law Firm DBR Abogados, S.C., and she serves as a Mining Project Advisor in the areas of production, exploration and development. She is a well renowned lawyer, expert in corporate commercial and mining Law in Mexico. Ms. Díaz Nieves has served in the mining and exploration industry for over 25 years as Legal Counsel to several Canadian/US public companies. She served as a Non-Executive Director of Marlin Gold Mining Ltd. (formerly Oro Mining Ltd) and currently serves as Independent Director at GR Silver Mining Ltd.
Over 25 years of investment experience with private and public companies. Served as VP of Corporate Development at Timmins Gold Corp for nine years, where he played a pivotal role in the development of the corporation from a junior exploration to a production company. Wide experience in capital formation and management and growth of listed companies.
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.