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Who We Are

Directors

The primary role of Alio Gold's Board of Directors is to oversee how management serves the interests of shareowners and other stakeholders. To do this, Alio's directors have adopted corporate governance principles aimed at ensuring that the Board is independent and fully informed on the key strategic and risk issues Alio Gold faces. Today 5 of the Board's 7 directors are independent.

Bryan Coates
B.Com, CPA, CA
Chairman / Independent

Bryan Coates - B.Com, CPA, CA
Chairman / Independent


Independent Director
Since: July 31, 2014

Mr. Coates is President of Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd since June 2014 and has more than 30 years of progressive experience within the Canadian and international mining industry. He was previously Vice President Finance and Chief Financial Officer at Osisko Mining Corporation (2007-2014), which developed Canada’s largest gold mine, Canadian Malartic. Prior to joining Osisko, he was Chief Financial Officer of Iamgold Corporation (2006-2007), Cambior Inc. (2001-2006) and Compañia Minera Antamina (1998-2001). Mr. Coates is a member of the Board of Directors of Falco Resources Ltd. and Golden Queen Mining Co. Ltd. Mr. Coates holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce from Laurentian University, is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario and obtained ICD.D. designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Greg McCunn
MBA, P.Eng
CEO / Director

Greg McCunn - MBA, P.Eng
CEO / Director


Non-Independent Director
Since: February 1, 2017

Mr. McCunn is a mining executive with 25 years of executive and management experience in finance, operations, project engineering, project construction and corporate development. Most recently, he was Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) of Asanko Gold, where over his six-year tenure he oversaw the transition of the company from exploration and development to a mid-tier gold producer. Prior to Asanko, Mr. McCunn spent four years as the CFO of Farallon Mining during which time the company financed, constructed and operated the G-9 mine in Guerrero, Mexico which is proximal to Timmins’ Ana Paula project. Farallon was acquired by Nyrstar in early 2011. Prior to his roles as a finance executive, Greg's background includes technical, operational and corporate development roles with Teck, Placer Dome and junior mining companies in Canada and Australia. He is a Professional Engineer and holds a Master's degree in Business Administration as well as a Bachelor of Applied Science in Metallurgical Engineering.

Mark D. Backens
B.SC., P.Geo.
Non-Independent Director

Mark D. Backens B.SC., P.Geo.
Non-Independent Director


Non-Independent Director
Since: May 26, 2015

Mr. Backens has over 30 years of global mining experience including most recently serving as Interim CEO of the Company until the appointment of Mr. Greg McCunn. 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.

George Brack
MBA, CFA, B.A.Sc., Geological Engineering
Independent Director

George Brack - MBA, CFA, B.A.Sc., Geological Engineering
Independent Director


Independent Director
Since: July 31, 2014

Mr. Brack’s over 30-year career in the mining industry has focused on exploration, corporate development and investment banking, specifically identifying, evaluating and executing strategic mergers and acquisitions, and raising equity capital. Until 2009, he was Managing Director and Industry Head, Mining at Scotia Capital. Prior to joining Scotia in 2006 he spent seven years as President of Macquarie North America Ltd. and led its northern hemisphere mining industry mergers and acquisitions advisory business. Previously, Mr. Brack was Vice President, Corporate Development at Placer Dome Inc., Vice President in the mining investment banking group at CIBC Wood Gundy, and he worked on the corporate development team at Rio Algom Limited. Mr. Brack earned an MBA at York University, a B.A.Sc. in Geological Engineering and the CFA designation at the University of Toronto. He is currently the Chair and Director of Capstone Mining Corporation and a Director of Wheaton Precious Metals and Geologix Explorations Inc.

In addition to his current board roles, during the past 16 years, Mr. Brack served as a director on the boards of Aurizon Mines Ltd., Newstrike Capital Inc., NovaGold Resources Inc., Red Back Mining Inc. and chaired the board of Alexco Resource Corp. He has served on audit committees and has been both a member and the chair of compensation/human resource committees, corporate governance committees and special committees responding to takeover offers (Aurizon, Red Back and NovaGold).

Stephen Lang
M.Sc. M.Eng, Mining Engineering
Independent Director

 

Stephen Lang - M.Sc. M.Eng, Mining Engineering
Independent Director


Independent Director
Since: July 31, 2014

Mr. Lang has over 43 years of experience in the mining industry. He served as President and CEO of Centerra Gold Inc. from 2008 to 2012, having joined Centerra in 2007 as Chief Operating Officer. Between 2003 and 2007, Mr. Lang served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Stillwater Mining Company. Prior to joining Stillwater, he was employed with Barrick Gold Corporation as Vice President and General Manager of Barrick Gold's Goldstrike/Meikle operation from 2001 to 2003. Prior to this he served as Vice President of Engineering and Project Development of Rio Algom, Limited in Santiago, Chile from 1999 to 2001. From 1996 to 1999, he served as Vice President and General Manager of Kinross Gold Corporation/Amax Gold Corporation's Fort Knox Mine in Fairbanks, Alaska. From 1981 to 1996, he held various positions with Santa Fe Pacific Gold Minerals Corporation, including General Manager of the Twin Creeks Mine in Golconda, Nevada. He is currently the Chairman and Director of Centerra Gold Inc., and Director of International Tower Hill Mines Ltd.

Paula Rogers
B.Com, CPA, CA
Independent Director

Paula Rogers - B.Com, CPA, CA
Independent Director


Independent Director
Since: August 3, 2011

Ms. Rogers has over 20 years of experience working for Canadian-based international public companies in the areas of corporate governance, treasury, mergers and acquisitions, financial reporting and tax. She has significant experience in the mining industry ranging from greenfields exploration to senior gold producer in both director and officer roles. Ms. Rogers has served as an officer of several public companies including Chief Financial Officer of Castle Peak Mining Ltd., Vice-President, Treasurer of Goldcorp Inc., Treasurer of Wheaton River Minerals Ltd. and Treasurer of Silver Wheaton Corp. Previous to that, she held various senior management roles at Finning International Inc. over a period of nine years. Ms. Rogers is a graduate of the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and holds a Chartered Professional Accountant designation. She is currently a Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Diversified Royalty Corp.

Jose Alberto Vizquerra-Benavides
M.Sc.
Independent Director

Jose Alberto Vizquerra-Benavides - M.Sc.
Independent Director


Independent Director
Since: November 27, 2013

Mr. Vizquerra is currently Executive Vice President of Strategic Development & Director at Osisko Mining. For over four years, Mr. Vizquerra served as the President & CEO of Oban Mining Corp. ("Oban"), where he led the successful change of business strategy that resulted in Oban's acquisition of Corona Gold, Eagle Hill Exploration Corp. and Ryan Gold to form what is now Osisko Mining. Mr. Vizquerra previously worked as Head of Business Development for Compania de Minas Buenaventura, prior to which he worked as production and exploration geologist at the Red Lake gold mine. He is currently a board member of Palamina Resources. Mr. Vizquerra holds a M.Sc. from Queens University in MINEX, and is a Qualified Person (AIGP).