Mining Lawyer of the Year
"Michael Bourassa focuses on due diligence matters including title and environmental risks. He knows the market very well and is respected for his deep knowledge". – Who’s Who Legal (2017)


  • BSc (Hons), Physical Geography, 1976
    University of Saskatchewan
  • LLB, 1984
    University of Ottawa

Year of Call/Admission

  • Ontario, 1986

Languages Spoken

  • English

Michael J. Bourassa

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Michael Bourassa is a member of the Global Mining Group and was its co-ordinator from 2004 to 2012. He was named in the 2005-2017 editions of the International Who's Who of Mining Lawyers. Michael was also named by Who's Who Legal as "Mining Lawyer of the Year" in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2017. He has extensive experience with international mining due diligence issues concerning title, technical matters and environmental risks. He has negotiated and drafted, and advised clients on issues in connection with, public financings, commercial mining agreements (joint venture, option, purchase and sale, royalty, and other mining-related agreements) and litigation support. He has also written articles on corporate social responsibility trends in the mining industry and is a member of the firm's CSR Practice group. Michael joined Fasken Martineau in 2003.

Additional Biographies

Honours and Awards

  • Who's Who Legal "Mining Lawyer of the Year" in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2017
  • Legal 500 Canada 2014-2017 "Leading Lawyer" for Energy: Mining
  • Chambers Latin America 2014-2015 for Projects: Mining: Leading Canadian Firms: Latin America-wide (Band 1)
  • Chambers Global 2011-2017 for Energy & Natural Resources: Mining and Projects: Mining: Leading Canadian Law Firms
  • Chambers Global 2017 Energy & Natural Resources: Foreign Expert for Latin America-wide
  • Chambers Canada 2016-2018 for Energy & Natural Resources: Mining
  • Best Lawyers in Canada 2013-2018 for Natural Resources Law and 2017-2018 for Mining Law 
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2010-2016 for Mining
  • The Lexpert Special Edition-Corporate 2015
  • The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada 2014-2015 for Mining
  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer's Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada: Mining
  • Who's Who Legal 100 2014-2016 for Mining 
  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2014-2016 for Mining


  • Past-Chair, Ontario Bar Association, Natural Resources Section
  • Member, Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum
  • Director, Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada
  • Co-Chair, Mining Committee, International Bar Association 
  • Former Director and Former Trustee, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Ontario Bar Association