• BSc (Hons), 1983
    Queen's University
  • LLB, 1986
    Queen's University
  • LLM, 1987
    University of Cambridge

Year of Call/Admission

  • Ontario, 1989

Languages Spoken

  • English

John S.M. Turner

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Global Mining Group Leader
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John Turner is the leader of Fasken Martineau's Global Mining Group. One of Canada's national newspapers, the Financial Post, has described John as "one of the best dirt lawyers in Canada, if not the world." John has been involved in many of the leading corporate finance and M&A deals in the resources sector. His clients have included issuers or the underwriters in capital markets or M&A transactions involving resources companies active throughout Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe. John has also successfully acted for the financial arranger or sponsor of several global major resources projects.

John's vast transactional experience has also allowed him to act on a wide variety of capital markets and public and private M&A transactions outside of the resources sector.

John joined Fasken Martineau as an articling student in 1987, became an associate in 1989 and a partner in 1995. He was resident in the firm's London, England office from 1993 to 1997.

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Honours and Awards

  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2013-2017 for Corporate Finance & Securities, Corporate Mid-Market, Mergers & Acquisitions and Mining
  • Recipient of the 2014 Lexpert Zenith Award for Mining
  • Best Lawyers 2015 Natural Resources Law "Lawyer of the Year” in Toronto
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada for Natural Resources Law 2006-2018 and 2017-2018 for Mining Law 
  • Legal 500 Canada 2014-2017 "Leading Lawyer" for Energy: Mining and 2017 for Corporate and M&A
  • Chambers Latin America 2014-2015 for Projects: Mining: Leading Canadian Firms: Latin America-wide (Band 2)
  • Chambers Global 2012-2017 for Energy & Natural Resources: Mining and Projects: Mining: Leading Canadian Firms
  • Chambers Canada 2016-2018 for Energy & Natural Resources: Mining
  • The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada 2014 for Mining, Corporate Finance & Securities and Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Who's Who Legal 100 2014-2015 for Mining
  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2014-2016 for Mining and 2016 for Capital Markets
  • The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers
  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada
  • Guide to the World's Leading Energy & Natural Resource Lawyers as an authority on mining, oil and gas and/or project law
  • Recipient, Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal


  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Ontario Bar Association