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Michael J Bourassa

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Michael Bourassa is a partner at Fasken Martineau and was the global mining group's co-ordinator from 2004 to 2012. He has expertise in commercial agreements (joint ventures, royalties, options) related to mineral exploration and mining, as well as extensive experience in Canadian and international mining due diligence issues concerning title, technical matters and environmental risk. 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 is a director of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, co-chair of the mining executive committee for the International Bar Association, and director and a former trustee for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (RMMLF). He is on the steering committee for the 2017 RMMLF program in Quito, Ecuador and is co-chair of the international section for the RMMLF annual meeting in Santa Fe.

Michael was named in the 2005–2016 editions of Who's Who Legal which in 2016 also named Fasken Martineau the number-one firm in the world for mining legal expertise for the eighth time. Who’s Who Legal also named him “Mining Lawyer of the Year” in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014. Fasken Martineau has leading mining practitioners in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Quebec, London and Johannesburg.

Michael received his BSc in physical geography in 1976 from the University of Saskatchewan and worked in the uranium exploration industry for several years before graduating from law school in 1984. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1986.

WWL says: 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”.

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