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Johanna Fipke, Partner

Johanna Fipke *

Partner Fasken
Mining plays an integral role in propelling society to not only function, but to flourish.
Jurisdiction British Columbia, 2005 | Northwest Territories, 2009 | Nunavut, 2012
Language(s) English
Office(s) Vancouver
*Law Corporation


Johanna Fipke is a Partner in Vancouver and a core member of the Firm’s Global Mining Group. She regularly advises major and junior mining companies, as well as private equity firms and lenders that do business in the mining space. Johanna often takes on lead advisory roles in multi-million and billion-dollar international transactions and has been consistently recommended as a leading practitioner in mining by Lexpert®.

Johanna’s diplomatic and flexible approach in negotiating and closing complex transactions make her a stand-out in the mining industry. Clients appreciate Johanna’s commitment to giving sensible, commercial solutions to the challenges that arise at all stages of the mining cycle and throughout commercial transactions.

Some recent clients Johanna has advised include Sprott Resource Streaming and Royalty, Elemental Royalties, BMC Minerals, Trident Royalties, Barrick, Sumitomo Corporation, Sibanye-Stillwater, NorthWest Copper, Teck, Northern Star, De Beers, First Quantum, Orion Mine Finance, Newcastle Gold, Agnico Eagle Mines, and AuRico Gold, as well as many others.

In addition to her Lexpert® rankings, Johanna has been recognized for her mining expertise by Who’s Who Legal, the Best Lawyers in Canada, the Legal 500 Canada and the 2018 edition of Women in Mining’s Top 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining. 


Expertise in Mining Law

Johanna has significant experience on a wide variety of industry transactions and mining law matters, including:

  • mergers, acquisitions and commercial transactions involving domestic and international mining companies and properties
  • drafting and negotiating mining and industry agreements, including purchase agreements, options, joint ventures, shareholder agreements, royalties, streaming agreements, security agreements, as well as a variety of other agreements
  • leading due diligence teams on the review of mining companies, mineral properties, including managing the due diligence processes efficiently and in a cost-effective manner
  • project finance
  • title opinions and jurisdiction specific advice regarding security packages required for financing
  • project development, permitting and land tenure expertise 

Solution-oriented Approach

Clients admire Johanna’s ability to see the big picture, analyze the critical facets of a transaction, and resolve the issues before proceeding. Johanna filters complex information for clients and offers solutions that protect their business assets. Her many long term relationships in the mining industry contribute to her completing successful deals for clients.


Client Work

  • Sprott Resource Streaming and Royalty Corp. purchases secured note for US$150 million,
  • Sprott Resource Streaming and Royalty Corp. purchases net smelter returns royalty for up to US$31.25 million,
  • Teck sells assets related to the Quintette Mine Site,
  • National Bank of Canada and Macquarie Bank Limited co-lead international lending syndicate in the provision of aggregate C$425 million credit facilities for BW Gold Ltd.,
  • Sprott Private Resource and Streaming (B) Corp. completes acquisition of Premier Gold and Red Mountain Project Streams,
  • Sprott Resource Streaming and Royalty Corp. purchases net smelter returns royalty for US$7 million,
  • GCM Mining Corp. and Aris Gold Corporation complete arrangement to create Aris Mining Corporation,
  • Sumitomo Canada Limited purchased offtake extension on the Minto Mine and increased prepayment facility with Minto Metals Corp.,
  • Barrick Gold Corporation completes the acquisition of prospecting licenses from Tembo Gold Corp.,

Career & Education


  • LLB (with distinction) University of Alberta
  • B Comm (with distinction) University of Alberta
  • BA (with Distinction) University of Alberta

Community involvement

  • Women in Mining BC, Founding Director (former) 
  • Ride for Diabetes Supporter and Participant, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Nova Royalty Corp., former member of Board of Directors
  • Law Societies of British Columbia, Northwest Territories and Nunavut
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (RMMLF)
  • Women in Mining BC
  • Next Leaders Council Board of Governors
  • Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia (AME BC)
  • AME BC 100th Anniversary Committee
  • Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM)
  • Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC)
  • Association of Women in Finance


Fasken Institute



Book Canadian Mining Law From the Second Edition of the American Law of Mining
Article Women in Mining Are Improving the Bottom Line Canadian Mining Journal

Speaking Engagements

Women in Law - Finding the Inspiration to Deal with the Challenges Women in Leadership location location Vancouver, BC Fasken
Canadian Land Tenure System American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL) Mining and Land Resources Institute location location Reno, NV, USA Peppermill Resort Spa & Casino


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