Alaska Development Team

Karl Hanneman
Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Hanneman has over 30 years of Alaska-based mining industry experience. Prior to joining ITH in 2010, he played a key role on the team that worked to resolve the permit issues at the Red Dog Mine, and previously held a lead role in the development and permitting of the Pogo Gold Mine, both in Alaska.

Prior to joining International Tower Hill Mines, Mr. Hanneman spent 12 years with Teck Resources Limited primarily focused on project development and permitting in Alaska. From 1998 to 2004, he served as Alaska Regional Manager during the exploration, development, and permitting of the Pogo Gold Mine and more recently was Director, Corporate Affairs, serving as the senior corporate representative in Alaska for Teck, providing strategic guidance on governmental, regulatory, permitting, and community issues related to the Red Dog Mine. Mr. Hanneman has led or participated in a number of industry and State of Alaska sponsored organizations, including: Alaska Minerals Commission, Council of Alaska Producers, Resource Development Council and the Alaska Miners Association. Mr. Hanneman is a director of Usibelli Coal Mine, Inc and Northrim BanCorp, Inc.

Mr. Hanneman holds a B.S. Degree, magna cum laude in Mining Engineering from the University of Alaska.

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Chris Puchner
Chief Geologist

Mr. Puchner has 30 years of North American exploration experience focusing on resource and mine development in Alaska, the western US and Mexico. As Vice-President of Exploration he managed the initial development work on the Nixon Fork Gold mine in Alaska as well as led a mineral potential assessment effort for Doyon Alaska Native Corp. on their Alaska mineral lands. Doyon is the largest private landholder in the state. Prior to this work, Mr. Puchner was a consulting geologist to Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI) and Bering Straits Native Corp, (BSNC), both regional Alaska Native corporations; and a Staff Geologist for the Anaconda Company.

Mr. Puchner graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College with a BA in Geology. He is a "Certified Professional Geologist", American Institute of Professional Geologists, and a Licensed Geologist in Alaska.

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Denise Herzog
Manager of Environmental Affairs

Ms. Herzog has 25 years of extensive project experience in mining and environmental engineering in Alaska. Her work experience started with the U.S. Bureau of Mines, Alaska Field Operations Center as a Mining Engineer and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Fairbanks District Office as the Supervisory Mining Engineer. Her work transitioned into developing the environmental baseline monitoring program at the Teck-Pogo Project.

Additionally Ms. Herzog has provided environmental engineering and permitting support to the following projects: Donlin Creek, Pebble, Lucky Shot, Nixon Fork, MAN Alaska, and True North.

Ms. Herzog holds a M.S. and B.S. degree in Geological Engineering from the University of Alaska - Fairbanks. Her M.S. paper was on "Permitting Considerations for Alaska Mining Projects".

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Debbie Evans

Ms. Evans has 20 years of experience in the mine controller and mine accounting positions. Prior to joining International Tower Hill Mines, Ms. Evans was the Mines Controller for the Kensington Mine operated by Coeur Alaska Inc. Prior to Kensington, Ms. Evans was the Controller at the Fort Knox Mine, Chief Accountant for the East Boulder Mine in Big Timber Montana and previously held senior accounting positions at the Stillwater, Round Mountain and ASARCO Mines.

Ms. Evans has a B.Sc. Business Management Degree from Lewis Clark State College, Lewiston, Idaho and is working towards a Master's degree.

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Rick Solie
Investor and Community Relations Manager

Mr. Solie has 30 years of government and public affairs experience throughout Alaska in oil and gas, healthcare and government sectors. Most recently, he worked as Director of Alaska Government & Community Affairs for Denali – the Alaska Gas Pipeline a joint venture of ConocoPhillips and BP. Prior to that Mr. Solie was employed by ConocoPhillips where he managed the Fairbanks regional office as Director of Government and Community Relations since 2000. He also has government and public affairs experience including the Alaska Legislature and Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Solie has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Alaska. He is active in various community and business organizations, including as a Director of the Alaska Miners Association and the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce and Radiant Church. Mr. Solie also serves as the Chair of the Alaska Board of the American Heart Association. Previously, he was elected to two terms on the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly and served twice the Presiding Officer.

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Brian LaPlaunt
Senior Environmental Engineer

Brian LaPlaunt has over 20 years of project experience in resource development and environmental engineering in Alaska, Washington, and Wyoming. His Alaskan project experience started with the Greens Creek Mine, transitioning to permitting and construction support at the Pogo Mine and operations at the Flint Hills Refinery. Mr. LaPlaunt has also provided environmental engineering and permitting support to the Donlin Gold Project.

Mr. LaPlaunt holds a B.S. degree (honors) in environmental engineering from Montana Tech.

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