Independent DirectorMs. Sharon E. Dowdall is an Independent Director of NovaGold Resources Inc. She has a 30year career in the mining industry. Ms. Dowdall served in senior legal capacities for FrancoNevada Corporationrationration, a major goldfocused royalty company, and Newmont Mining Company, one of the worlds largest gold producers. During her 20year tenure with FrancoNevada, Ms. Dowdall served in various capacities, including Chief Legal Officer and Corporationrationrate Secretary and Vice President, Special Projects. Ms. Dowdall was one of the principals who transformed FrancoNevada from an industry pioneer into one of the most successful precious metals enterprises in the world. Prior to joining FrancoNevada, she practiced law as a partner with Smith Lyons in Toronto, a major Canadian legal firm specializing in natural resources. Ms. Dowdall is the recipient of the 2011 Canadian General Counsel Award for Business Achievement. She currently serves on the boards of several Canadian exploration and development companies
Age: 63 Director Since 2012Dowdall holds an Honours B.A. in Economics from the University of Calgary and an LLB, from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. The Board has determined that Ms. Dowdall should serve as a Director due to her significant experience: 1) as a natural resources lawyer, 2) moving a preciousmetals mining company from the development stage to the successful producer stage, and 3) working in a senior executive position at large international mining company.