Michael Fortier is a key partner in Torys’ Environmental and Aboriginal Law Practices. His practice focuses on environmental, health and safety and Aboriginal matters, with a particular emphasis in the energy, mining and real estate industries. Michael has been recognized as a leading lawyer by those outside and inside the profession and is currently the Chair of the Ontario Bar Association’s Environmental Law Section.
Michael advises clients on environmental and Aboriginal aspects of energy, mining, real estate and other projects, including with respect to strategic and technical issues regarding environmental assessments and other environmental permits. He also assists clients to assess and meet the duty to consult with Aboriginal groups, as well as develop strong partnerships with Aboriginal groups. He also has experience advising Aboriginal proponent groups.
Michael’s dispute resolution practice includes approval hearings, civil litigation, mediation, negotiation and regulatory defence work. Michael increasingly acts as a mediator or an intermediary to facilitate the resolution of disputes.
For existing operations, Michael provides regulatory advice on a broad range of environmental, health and safety issues, including with respect to inspections; investigations; liability assessments; climate change; contaminated sites; air, renewable energy, sewage and other approvals; and transportation, import and export of dangerous goods, nuclear substances, hazardous products and waste.
As part of Michael’s transactions practice, he assists buyers, sellers, lenders, borrowers, underwriters and investors through all the environmental and Aboriginal law aspects of transactions, from the design and coordination of deal-specific liability assessments; through the negotiation of agreements; and in handling closing and post-closing details.
Michael is involved in a wide range of sectors, including energy; mining; real estate; manufacturing; financial institutions; waste; transportation; agribusiness; automotive; food; water and waste water treatment; retail; chemicals; and plastics.