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Freegold Ventures

Overview

‘Explore the unparalleled potential of Freegold Ventures (TSX:FVL,OTCQX:FGOVF), an exceptional exploration company with its flagship asset situated in the renowned Tintina gold belt. Golden Summit, located just a 30-minute drive from Fairbanks, now hosts what is believed to be one of the largest undeveloped gold resources in North America.’

Freegold’s Shorty Creek project, meanwhile, is an untapped world of copper and gold situated just 125 road kilometers northwest of Fairbanks. This hidden gem of an asset boasts extensive exploration potential and a plethora of promising targets just waiting to be uncovered. With impressive drill results including multiple intercepts greater than 0.25 percent copper, as well as gold, silver and tungsten over wide intervals of 300 to 400 meters, the Shorty Creek project is primed for success.

In February 2024, Freegold further solidified its land position by completing the acquisition of the Tolovana gold property, which formed part of the Golden Summit project. , which was previously subject to a 20-year lease.

Alaska’s exploration potential is second to none in North America. The state is already a significant gold producer, second only to Nevada in the United States. Today, metals contribute to more than 90 percent of the value of minerals mined in Alaska, which has a long and prosperous mining history with significant underexplored mineral resources. Several notable companies with producing mines in Alaska include Kinross Gold (TSE:K), Northern Star Resources (ASX:NST), Hecla Mining (NYSE:HL), Coeur Mining (NYSE:CDE), and Teck Resources (NYSE:TECK).

Between 2020 and 2022, Freegold completed over 83,000 meters of drilling, resulting in a significant increase in its mineral resource estimate following a period of dormancy since its last major drilling program in 2013. An additional 26,000 metres were drilled in 2023 primarily on the the western side of the Dolphin deposit.

The current resource is limited to the Dolphin-Cleary Area, the only area of the project with a delineated resource. However, the deposit is still open, particularly towards the west and southwest. The 2024 exploration program aims to expand the deposit by testing this highly prospective soil geochemical anomaly and exploring other highly prospective targets within the property, unleashing the full potential of this gold-rich property.

A highly experienced management team leads the company with decades of experience in mineral exploration and development. It is supported by a board with rich geological, production and financial expertise. Freegold’s team has demonstrated knowledge in developing resources and a history of attracting major partners, including prolific investor Eric Sprott.

Company Highlights

The project is located approximately 8 kilometers northwest of Kinross’s Fort Knox mine, which has produced more than 8 million ounces of gold to dateFreegold Ventures’ Shorty Creek is an underexplored copper, gold and tungsten porphyry project with multiple prospective targets. It is also in proximity to the city of Fairbanks.Most recently, Freegold Ventures has completed the acquisition of the Tolovana gold property in Alaska for US$655,260.

Key Projects

Golden Summit

An initial resource was completed at Golden Summit in 2011 based on historical work completed on the project, and between 2011 and 2013, several mineral resource updates were completed.The company released a preliminary economic assessment( PEA) in 2016, which at $1,300 per ounce gold price resulted in a pit constrained indicated resource of 61.46 million tonnes, containing 1.36 million ounces at 0.69 grams per ton (g/t) gold, and inferred resources of 71.50 million tonnes, containing 1.58 million ounces of 0.69 g/t gold.

Freegold’s innovative approach in 2019 led to a resource size increase and elevated deposit grade. With backing from gold investor Eric Sprott, the company raised $2 million, resulting in a remarkable 188 meters at 3.69 g/t gold in May 2020. This success led to further funding, amassing over C$40 million by September 2020. This permitted an intense drilling program, resulting in a resource update in February 2023, with over 83,000 meters of drilling completed.

The drilling conducted from 2020 to 2022 led to a significant improvement in the grade and size of resources at the Golden Summit project. As a result, Golden Summit has now become one of the most important undeveloped gold resources in North America. Not only is the increase in resources impressive, but Freegold’s discovery cost is nearly unrivaled in the industry, at just $4 per ounce. In March 2023, Freegold secured an extra Cdn$20 million in funding, with support from Eric Sprott and other major institutions. This funding allowed for an additional 26,000 meters of drilling in 2023, primarily concentrated on the western part of the Dolphin deposit, with initial wide-spaced drill testing of the Saddle Zone as well.

Freegold’s 2023 drill program has been very successful in demonstrating significant expansion potential with drilling 250 meters west of the main Cleary Dolphin zone intersecting multiple zones with over 2 g/t of gold over a considerable width (2.12 g/t over 197.3 meters) within a broader interval of 1.76 g/t gold over 276.5 meters.

Results of drilling at the Saddle zone, which is 4 kilometers east of the central Dolphin/Cleary zone, also show further expansion potential to the east. The Saddle zone comprises an extensive vein system mapped on the surface, covering a 3-kilometer by 1-kilometer area. The 2023 program tested an 800-meter strike length of this vein swarm and successfully intersected attractive gold and silver mineralization in all seven reconnaissance holes.

An updated mineral resource estimate is planned to be completed in 2024 based on the drilling completed in the Dolphin/Cleary Zone.

Optionality: Another Plus

Despite boasting a significant size, Golden Summit has what is termed “optionality.” In simple terms, increasing the cut-off grade leads to an increase in the overall grade. The base case for the resource used a 0.45 g/t gold cut-off. Even after increasing the cut-off to 0.75 g/t gold, the resource remains near the top of undeveloped gold resources in North America.

Systematic exploration has identified several other exploration targets which will be drill tested in 2023. Historical past producers like the Cleary Hill Mine, which yielded an impressive 281,000 oz with an average grade of 1.3 oz/t, underscore the potential for success of this approach. Notably, the Dolphin-Cleary area’s high-grade veins are flanked by lower-grade envelopes that contain significant tonnage. The American Eagle, another historic high-grade producer located 4 kilometers east presents an excellent opportunity to identify a new, potentially significant large tonnage deposit. In addition, to the west of the Dolphin-Cleary, lies a gold-in-soil anomaly spanning over 1 kilometer in the direction of the past-producing Newsboy Mine. Freegold’s systematic approach to exploration positions the company well for further success.

Shorty Creek

The Shorty Creek is a copper-gold and tungsten porphyry project located in Alaska. The approximately 31,000-acre project is accessible by highway and situated 125 kilometers from the city of Fairbanks, which has access to infrastructure and services. The Shorty Creek project is also 4 kilometers from the former mining town Livengood, a community primarily based on placer gold production.

Freegold acquired the project in 2014, and the discovery hole was drilled in 2015. In this hole, SC 15-03, there was an intersection of 292.6 meters grading 0.26 percent copper, 0.12 g/t gold, and 3.23 g/t silver, including 91.4 meters grading 0.55 percent copper, 0.14 g/t gold, and 7.02 g/t silver. Subsequent drilling between 2016 and 2019 has returned several long intercepts. For example, in SC 16-02, there was an intersection of 434.5 meters grading 0.36 percent copper, 0.12 g/t gold, 7.46 g/t silver, and 0.034 percent tungsten trioxide. Most of the holes ended in mineralization..

The use of airborne magnetic survey data has proved invaluable to exploration at Shorty Creek. Multiple targets have been identified throughout a 100-square-kilometer area. Success has been had at Hill 1835, where the 1-kilometer by 1.5-kilometer magnetic anomaly appears to be directly associated with copper mineralization. A significant amount of drilling has already been completed on this compelling target, and the potential for additional discovery remains high.

In 2021, approximately 3,400 meters of drilling were completed. With limited exploration and only one area systematically explored, and multiple identified targets on the property, the project presents an opportunity to participate in a potentially significant copper-gold porphyry project.

Management Team

Ron Ewing – Director and Chairman

Ron Ewing has 30 years of experience in the mining and mineral exploration and operational industry as a director and officer of several public companies. As an officer, he served in various finance and corporate affairs functions. Ewing was the director and officer of Gold-Ore Resources until Elgin Mining acquired it. Ewing was also the executive vice-president of Euro-Zinc Mining, the vice-president of Lundin Mining, and Oro Mining’s director.

Kristina Walcott – President, Chief Executive Officer and Director

Kristina Walcott has worked in various capacities in the mining and mineral exploration industry for the past 20 years. She has been president and CEO of Freegold Ventures since September 2009 and a director since July 2010. Walcott has held multiple administrative and field positions. In addition, she was actively involved in the geophysical contracting industry where she assisted in remote-site field geophysical surveys for major and junior mining firms. Before she was appointed president and CEO, Walcott was the company’s vice-president of business development between March 2005 and September 2009. As the vice-president of business development, she was responsible for identifying and acquiring new business opportunities in the mining sector.

Alvin Jackson – Director and VP of Exploration and Development

Alvin Jackson has been a director of Freegold Ventures since March 2010 and the vice president of exploration and development since February 2011. Jackson was instrumental in the development of EuroZinc Mining Corporation. EuroZinc Mining acquired the Aljustrel zinc-lead project and the Neves-Corvo copper mine in southern Portugal. As a result of those acquisitions, EuroZinc Mining Corporation grew to a market capitalization of over $1.8 billion before merging with Lundin Mining in 2006. Jackson has over 40 years of experience in mineral exploration and mine development. Jackson was directly involved in the exploration and development of two significant gold deposits and one porphyry copper deposit –– all of which subsequently became producers.

David Knight – Director

David Knight was a securities and mining lawyer primarily and was a senior partner with Weirfoulds LLP based in Toronto. His practice advised clients on securities, including public and private financing, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and regulatory compliance.

Knight also represented mining clients on property acquisition and development, including option and joint venture agreements. Knight also has extensive experience in flow-through financing. He has been ranked among the Best Lawyers in Canada, from 2011-2021. Natural Resources Law, as a recommended lawyer in mining law. Knight was also seconded to the Ontario Securities Commission from 1983 to 1984.

Garnet Dawson – Director

Garnet Dawson is currently a director at GoldMining Inc. He is a registered professional geologist with 30 years of domestic and international exploration experience. He was the former vice-president of exploration of EuroZinc Mining before it merged with Lundin Mining in 2006. Before joining EuroZinc, he consulted internationally and held several positions with Battle Mountain Canada, the British Columbia Geological Survey, and Esso Minerals Canada. He has a Bachelor of Science in geology from the University of Manitoba and a Master of Science in economic geology from the University of British Columbia.

Glen Dickson – Director

Glen Dickson has over 40 years of exploration and mining and operational experience in several different countries. During the past 30 years, he focused on gold exploration in a wide variety of depositional environments. He served as the president, chief executive officer, and director of Cumberland Resources Limited. With Cumberland, Dickson was directly responsible for the identification and advancement of two gold mining districts in Nunavut. Today combined annual production from the two districts totals 750,000 ounces of gold, historic productions totals 4.5 mounces and current reserves total 6 million ounces. The company was acquired by Agnico Eagle Mines. He served as chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Gold-Ore Resources. During this time Gold-Ore acquired and restarted a gold mine in Northern Sweden. Currently, the mine produces ~45,000 ounces per annum. Gold-Ore was acquired by ElginMining. Dickson served as a director on several other companies including Atna Resources, BrazilianGold Corporation and Venerable Ventures. Dickson is currently president and CEO of Meliadine Gold, a private resource company with mineral holdings in Nunavut.

Reagan Glazier – Director

Reagan Glazier received a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of Calgary in 2014. He has been active in the mineral exploration industry in BC for the past 10+ years and is currently the President and CEO of Pacific Bay Minerals.

Maurice Tagami – Director

Maurice Tagami served as the vice-president of mining operations and later as technical ambassador for Wheaton Precious Metals from July 2012 to November 2022. He is a metallurgical engineer from the University of British Columbia with over 40 years of experience in mining and mineral processing. He was responsible for maintaining partnerships with over 20 operating mines and 13 development projects from which Wheaton Precious Metals. has metal streaming agreements. Tagami currently serves on the board of Maple Gold Mines and Foran Mining Corporation as the lead independent director. Previously, he held the positions of president and CEO, with Keegan Resources and senior project manager (Onca Puma Project) with Canico Resource.

Vivienne Artz – Director

Vivienne Artz is the CEO of the FTSE Women Leaders Review, the UK’s business-led voluntary framework, supported by the government to improve the representation of women on the boards and leadership teams of the FTSE 350 and 50 of the UK’s largest private companies. Over 20 years in the financial services sector. Previously managing director and chief privacy officer at the London Stock Exchange Group, Refinitiv and Thomson Reuters, leading the privacy office and overseeing global privacy strategy and practice across 190 countries. Artz was awarded an Officer of the British Empire in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours in 2021 for services to financial services and gender diversity.

Gordon Steblin – Chief Financial Officer

Gordon Steblin obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1983 from the University of British Columbia. In 1985, he became a certified general accountant. Steblin has over 20 years of financial experience in junior mining and exploration. Steblin is also the chief financial officer of Elysee Development and Arctic Hunter Energy, both TSX Venture-listed companies.

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