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Yves Fortier (lawyer) : biography

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L. Yves Fortier, (born September 11, 1935) is a Canadian trial lawyer, arbitrator, businessman, and diplomat. He also served as a director on the board of Nortel.


In 1984, Yves Fortier was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and was promoted to Companion in 1991. In 2006, he was made an Officer of the National Order of Quebec. He is the recipient of six honorary degrees from major universities in Canada.


Fortier was born in Quebec City. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the Université de Montréal in 1955 and his Bachelor of Civil Law degree from McGill University in 1958. As a Rhodes Scholar, he received his Bachelor of Letters degree from the University of Oxford.Oxford University no longer awards this degree. In 1961, he was called to the Quebec bar.

From 1984 to 1989, he was a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), also known as the Hague Tribunal. From 1988 to 1992, he was Canada's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations. From 1989 until 1990, he was also Canada's representative to the UN Security Council and in October 1989 was the President of the Security Council. From 1998 to 2001, he served as President of the London Court of International Arbitration.

Until the hostile takeover of the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) by Jerry Zucker in February 2006, Fortier held the traditional title of HBC's Governor (that is, Chairman). Fortier subsequently became Chairman of the Board of Directors of Alcan Inc. and the Chairman and Senior Partner of the Ogilvy Renault law firm. Fortier served as Chairman of Ogilvy Renault from 1992 to 2009. On November 15, 2010, Ogilvy Renault LLP joined with London-based law firm Norton Rose.Hasselback, Drew. "Ogilvy Renault to join with Norton Rose." Financial Post, November 15, 2010. Last accessed May 1, 2012. In 2011, citing potential conflicts of interest posed by the expansion of the firm's clientele, Fortier left Norton Rose in order to continue his career as an international arbitrator independently.Gray, Jeff. "Norton Rose loses 'great leader' over merger." Globe and Mail Blog, Friday, October 21, 2011. Last accessed May 1, 2012.Perry, Sebastian. "Fortier goes it alone." Global Arbitration Review, 24 October 2011. Last accessed May 1, 2012. In 2012, Fortier joined Arbitration Place in Toronto as a Resident Arbitrator.Karadelis, Kyriaki. "This must be the Place." Global Arbitration Review, 19 April 2012. Last accessed May 1, 2012. In June 2012, Fortier was appointed chair of the World Bank Group’s Sanctions Board in order to help combat corruption and fraud in projects financed by the World Bank.Ross, Alison. "Fortier takes on role combating corruption." Global Arbitration Review, 11 June 2012. Last accessed June 22, 2012.


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