NovaCopper Announces Election of Directors

May 19, 2016

May 19, 2016 - Vancouver, British Columbia - NovaCopper Inc. (TSX, NYSE-MKT: NCQ) ("NovaCopper" or "the Company") is pleased to announce that the shareholders voted in favour of all items of business before the Annual and Special Meeting of the Shareholders held in Vancouver yesterday and that the nominees listed in the management proxy circular for the meeting were all elected as directors. Detailed results of the vote for the election of directors are set out below.

Nominee Votes
Tony Giardini 54,667,501 99.03 532,793 0.97
William Hayden 54,674,144 99.05 526,151 0.95
Gregory Lang 53,547,422 97.01 1,652,873 2.99
Kalidas Madhavpeddi 54,667,715 99.04 532,579 0.96
Gerald McConnell 54,669,299 99.04 530,996 0.96
Janice Stairs 54,658,838 99.02 541,457 0.98
Rick Van Nieuwenhuyse 54,713,720 99.12 486,574 0.88
Diana Walters 54,653,983 99.01 546,312 0.99

Detailed results of all items of business are available in the Report of Voting Results filed under the Company's SEDAR profile at ("SEDAR") and on the Form 8-K filed under the Company's EDGAR profile at ("EDGAR").

About NovaCopper

NovaCopper Inc. is a base metals exploration company focused on exploring and developing the Ambler mining district located in northwestern Alaska. It is one of the richest and most-prospective known copper-dominant districts located in one of the safest geopolitical jurisdictions in the world. It hosts world-class polymetallic VMS deposits that contain copper, zinc, lead, gold and silver, and carbonate replacement deposits which have been found to host high-grade copper mineralization. Exploration efforts have been focused on two deposits in the Ambler district -- the Arctic VMS deposit and the Bornite carbonate replacement deposit. Both deposits are located within NovaCopper's land package that spans approximately 143,000 hectares. NovaCopper has an agreement with NANA Regional Corporation, Inc., a Regional Alaskan Native Corporation that provides a framework for the exploration and potential development of the Ambler mining district in cooperation with the local communities. Our vision is to develop the Ambler mining district into a premier North American copper producer. The Company also owns 100% of the Titiribi Project located approximately 70 kilometers southwest of the city of Medellin, Colombia, in Antioquia department, within historical Titiribi mining district.

More information on the Company, its properties and its management team is available on the Company's website at

NovaCopper Contact:

Elaine Sanders

Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

604-638-8088 or 1-855-638-8088

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