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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 is the Co-Chair of the International Bar Association’s Mining Executive Committee and a past Director of both the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada. Michael also frequently writes on important CSR trends in the mining industry, and speaks on a wide range of mining related topics.

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.

  • Recognized nationwide as top tier (Band 1) in Energy & Natural Resources: Mining: Development and Operations, Chambers Canada 2020 to 2021
  • Recognized for Mining Law from 2006-2020 and "Lawyer of the Year" in 2019 for Mining Law, The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017 to 2021
  • Recognized for Natural Resources Law from 2006-2020 and as "Lawyer of the Year" in 2019 for Natural Resources Law, The Best Lawyers in Canada 2006 to 2021
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  • LLB University of Saskatchewan
  • BSc (Hons), Physical Geography University of Saskatchewan

Memberships & Affiliations

  • 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
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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