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Michael Bourassa Toronto Lawyer

Michael J. Bourassa

Partner Fasken
Knowing how to manoeuver on international issues and working with local counsel is a fundamental part of our expertise for exploration and mining projects.
Jurisdiction Ontario, 1986
Language(s) English
Office(s) Toronto


Michael Bourassa’s practice is focused in the mining industry. A member of the Global Mining Group, he acted as the group’s co-ordinator from 2004-2012. A recognized expert, Michael has accumulated extensive experience on both Canadian and international mining projects.

Providing advice on public financings, commercial mining agreements, and corporate social responsibility, and litigation support, Michael also has significant expertise in international mining due diligence issues concerning title, technical matters and environmental risks.

Michael was elected Vice-President of the Foundation for Natural Resources and Energy Law (formerly known as the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation) in July 2023 and continues to sit on council for the International Bar Association’s (IBA) Section on Energy, Environment, Resources and Infrastructure Law. He previously served as the Co-Chair of the IBA’s Mining Law Committee and was a Director of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada. Michael frequently speaks and writes on important trends in the mining industry.

Widely recognized for his mining expertise, Michael has been ranked in several leading legal publications including Chambers Global, Chambers Canada and the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory. He has also been named Who's Who Legal’s "Mining Lawyer of the Year" in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2017, and been recognized in their International Who's Who of Mining Lawyers, for 13 consecutive years.


Career & Education


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

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Vice-President, Foundation for Natural Resources and Energy Law (formerly known as the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation)
  • Past-Chair, Ontario Bar Association, Natural Resources Section
  • Member, Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum
  • Past 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


Speaking Engagements

Governing Ethics and Sustainability for Companies, An Evolving Legal Regime CCCA National Spring Conference location location Toronto
International Bar Association’s Model Mineral Development Agreement Osgoode Certificate in Mining Law, Osgoode Professional Development location location Toronto


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