Michael Solursh is General Counsel & Team Lead of the Trade Law Practice Group with the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation & Trade. Michael advises the government on trade negotiations, trade litigation, and the consistency of government measures and programs with Canada and Ontario’s obligations under international and domestic trade agreements. Michael has been Ontario’s lead counsel on NAFTA, CETA and CFTA negotiations. Before joining the Ontario government, Michael was trade counsel at the Canadian Trade Law Bureau of the Department of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Development (DFATD), the World Trade Organization in its Legal Affairs Division, the International Law Department of the Organization for American States, the Trade and Economic Unit at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC, and was an associate with McLeod Dixon LLP (now Norton Rose) in Toronto.
Michael obtained his BA from the University of Western Ontario, LLB from the University of Windsor and an LLM from Georgetown University Law Centre, specializing in International Economic Law, and completed a Fellowship with the Institute of International Economic Law.