Mr. Fortier is the former Chair and Senior Partner of Norton Rose (formerly Ogilvy Renault) in Montréal. He resigned from Norton Rose on 31 December 2011 and, since 1 January 2012, he has been practising as a sole arbitrator and mediator with offices in Montréal, London, and Toronto.
Mr. Fortier is a graduate of Université de Montréal, McGill University and Oxford University (Rhodes Scholar). He has been President of the Canadian Bar Association, Canada’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York and President of the London Court of International Arbitration. He has been Counsel for the Government of Canada (including the Quebec Reference in the Supreme Court in 1998) and has argued cases before all courts and tribunals in Canada and the International Court of Justice in The Hague. During the last 25 years, he has acted as arbitrator and mediator in numerous international arbitrations under the auspices of all major arbitral institutions in the World. He is ranked as one of the world’s leading international arbitration practitioners. Since 2012, he serves as Chairman of the Sanctions Board of the World Bank. In 2013, he was appointed as a Member of the Security Intelligence Review Committee of Canada and sworn in as a member of the Privy Council.