The Honourable L. Yves Fortier, P.C., C.C., O.Q., Q.C.
L. Yves Fortier has been designated by NSIRA as acting Chair of NSIRA, after its initial Chair, Mr. Murray Rankin, resigned to pursue other endeavours. Mr. Fortier was originally appointed on August 8, 2013, as a Member of NSIRA's predecessor, SIRC, and on October 17, 2018, was reappointed for two years.
In 1984, Mr. Fortier was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada, and in 1991, he was elevated to Companion, the highest rank in the Order of Canada. In 2006, he was made an Officer of the National Order of Quebec. He has also received numerous honorary degrees from major universities in Canada.
Throughout his distinguished legal career, Mr. Fortier has pleaded important cases before Canadian and international courts and arbitration panels. From 1984 to 1989, he was a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague. He has represented Canada in maritime boundary disputes with the United States (1984) and with France (1991). He has been a Counsel to many Royal Commissions and Commissions of Inquiry in Canada, as well as a negotiator for the Government of Quebec with the Cree Nation.
From July 1988 to January 1992, Mr. Fortier was Canada's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York. He was Canada's Chief Delegate to four sessions of the General Assembly. In 1989 and 1990, he served as Canada's Representative to the Security Council of the United Nations, and was President of the Council in 1989. Mr. Fortier's professional accomplishments have been recognized by his appointment as a Queen's Counsel (1976) and by his election as National President of the Canadian Bar Association (1982). In May 2012, he was appointed chairman of the World Bank's Sanctions Board.
In addition to having served as a director of many Canadian corporations, including the Royal Bank of Canada and TransCanada PipeLines Limited, Mr. Fortier is also the former chairman of Alcan Inc. and the former Governor of the Hudson's Bay Company.
Mr. Fortier is a graduate of the University of Montreal, McGill University and has a Bachelor of Lettersfrom Oxford University, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. In 1960, he was called to the Barreau du Québec. He currently practices law in Montreal as an independent mediator/arbitrator. Mr. Fortier is the past chairman of Norton Rose (formerly Ogilvy Renault).
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