Michael J. Fortier

Toronto: 416.865.8147
Fax 416.865.7380


LLB, 2001
Osgoode Hall Law School
MES (Environmental Decision Making), 2001
York University
BA (cum laude), 1997
Dartmouth College

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 2002


Michael Fortier is a key partner in Torys’ Environmental and Indigenous Law Practices. His environmental, health and safety and Indigenous law practice focuses on the energy, infrastructure, mining and real estate industries. Michael has been recognized as a leading lawyer by those outside and inside the profession and is currently the immediate Past Chair of the Ontario Bar Association’s Environmental Law Section and an executive member of the OBA’s Aboriginal Law Section.

Michael advises clients on environmental and Indigenous aspects of energy, infrastructure, mining, real estate and other projects, including with respect to strategic and technical issues regarding environmental assessments and other permits. He also assists clients to assess and meet the duty to consult with Indigenous groups, as well as to develop strong partnerships with Indigenous groups. Michael also has experience advising Indigenous proponent groups.

His dispute resolution practice includes approval hearings, civil litigation, mediation, negotiation and regulatory defence work. In addition to representing clients in the typical counsel role, Michael also acts in a mediation or intermediary role to resolve 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 wastes.

As part of Michael’s transactions practice, he assists buyers, sellers, lenders, borrowers, underwriters and investors through all the environmental and Indigenous 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; infrastructure, mining; real estate; retail; manufacturing; financial institutions; waste; transportation; agribusiness; automotive; food; water and waste water treatment; chemicals; and plastics.

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Best Lawyers' Best Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in environmental law (2016-2018)

Chambers & Partners’ Chambers Canada—Leading lawyer in Canada, environment (2016-2018)

Chambers & Partners' Chambers Global: World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Client’s Guide—Leading lawyer in environment (2013-2017)

CORPORATE Livewire's Global Awards—Leading lawyer in climate change (2016)

Law Business Research’s Who’s Who Legal Canada—Leading lawyer in environment (2016)

Law Business Research’s Who’s Who Legal—Leading lawyer in environment (2016)

Lexpert/Thomson Reuters' Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Leading lawyer in environmental law (2013-2017)



Memberships and Affiliations

  • Environmental Law Section, Ontario Bar Association (Executive)
  • Aboriginal Law Section, Ontario Bar Association (Executive)
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, Ontario Bar Association
  • National Environmental, Energy and Resources Law Section, Canadian Bar Association
  • National Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, Canadian Bar Association
  • Dartmouth Lawyers Association