Mark Faassen Partner

Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 2012 - Ontario

Primary phone: +1 613-786-0129

Fax: +1 613-788-3537


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Primary office:  Ottawa

Mark Faassen

Mark Faassen is a partner in the Advocacy department of Gowling WLG's Ottawa office. His practice focuses on medical defence and health law, counselling health professionals in civil litigation, professional regulatory, and administrative law matters.

Mark has advocated for clients before numerous administrative tribunals, including the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board and the Discipline, Quality Assurance, and Fitness to Practice Committees of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, as well as in several levels of the Ontario courts. He has represented clients at Coroner's inquests, and in hospital privileges and consent and capacity matters.

Prior to joining Gowling WLG, Mark worked in visual research and rights clearance for documentary films at a television production company. As an author, Mark has published in the McGill Journal of Law and Health Blog, Queen's Law Journal, and the Supreme Court Law Review.

Mark volunteers with local organizations, including as a member of the Ottawa Health Science Network Research Ethics Board for law and privacy, and the Haven Too emergency shelter for youth. He is a member of Gowling WLG's Ottawa Anti-Racism Action Committee, as well as the Ontario Bar Association, the County of Carleton Law Association, the Advocates Society, and the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers Ontario.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2023

    • Education
      McGill University, Master of Laws (LLM)
  • 2012

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 2011

    • Education
      University of Ottawa, JD (cum laude)
  • 2005

    • Education
      McGill University, MA, Political Science
  • 2002

    • Education
      Ryerson University, BA Hons, Radio & Television Arts


  • Advocates Society
  • Canadian Bar Association & Ontario Bar Association
  • County of Carleton Law Association
  • Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers Ontario
  • "The Role of Health Professional Regulation in Addressing Racism in Health Care" (2023) McGill Journal of Law and Health Blog (
  • "The Impact on Health Workers of the Politicization of COVID-19 Public Health Measures: Canada's Criminal Law Response" (2022) McGill Journal of Law and Health Blog (
  • Presentation: Medical Legal Actions & Mock Trial (Canadian Association of Radiologists; April 2014)
  • Presentation: Medical Legal Actions & Mock Trial (Queen's University, School of Medicine; November 2012)
  • "Annual Report on Applications for Leave to Appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada: the 2010-2011 Term" (2011) 56:2 Supreme Court Law Review 315 (Henry S. Brown, Q.C. and Mark Faassen)
  • "A Fine Balance: the Regulation of Canadian Religious Broadcasting" (2011) 37:1 Queen's Law Journal 303