Patricia A Fortier is a retired Canadian diplomat whose career focused on political relations, governance, international security, consular/crisis management, and trade/ investment.  She is currently on the board of a public Canadian mining company (Primero), is a Fellow of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, Senior Fellow of the Graduate School of International Affairs at the University of Ottawa and on the board of the Canadian Retired Heads of Mission Association.

She acted most recently (2016) as Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for Security, Consular, and Emergency Management in Global Affairs Canada. Other assignments in Ottawa included Director General, Consular Operations (2009-11) and Director, Peacekeeping and Regional Security (1995-2000) when she was also ex-officio director on the board of the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre.

She was Canadian Ambassador to Peru and Bolivia (2011-5) and Ambassador to the Dominican Republic (2006-9) as well as Minister-Counsellor (Political) at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. (2001-5). Her work abroad also included Senior Advisor to the OAS Electoral Observation Mission to Peru (2006) and Chief Advisor to the High Level Mission to Peru (2000-1). In Costa Rica, she worked with international NGOs on climate change (Earth Council 1994-5) and human rights/democracy (Instituto Interamericano de los Derechos Humanos 1992-4). Other postings included Chile (2000), Canadian mission to the United Nations in New York (to support Canada’s seat on the Security Council 1989-90), India ( Immigration 1987-89), Kenya and Zambia (Development) 1984-87).

Before entering the Canadian Foreign Service, she was Director of Policy Planning for City of Edmonton Transit (1981-3) where she helped plan the city’s first Light Rail Transit system.

She has a Master's in Public Administration and a BA (Hons) from Queen's University in Kingston (1979) and was a Weatherhead Fellow at Harvard University in Cambridge Massachusetts (2005-6). In 2016, she attended the first “Women as Directors” course at the Harvard Business School. She speaks English (mother tongue), Spanish and French. She is married to former Canadian diplomat Paul Durand.


The State of Canadian Consular Services with Patricia Fortier



A Discussion with Canadian Space SMEs

March 22, 2019

(feat. David Perry, Colin Robertson, Ewan Reid, Stewart Bain, Nadeem Ghafoor, and Froduald Kabanza)

A Conversation with Swiss Ambassador to Canada Beat Nobs

March 11, 2019

(feat. Colin Robertson and Beat Nobs)


Canada and the World, Ep. 33: How does the world see Canada?

by Bessma Momani (feat. Stephen Saideman), OpenCanada, March 22, 2019

Canada’s 2019 budget slim on hard power Arctic commitments, experts say

by Levon Sevunts (feat. Rob Huebert), Radio-Canada International, March 22, 2019

China to use first atomic icebreaker as test for future nuclear aircraft carriers

by Malte Humpert (feat. Rob Huebert), High North News, March 22, 2019

‘We’re not getting it’: Liberals sprinkle $700 million in Arctic but a strategic plan remains elusive

by Naomi Powell and Gabriel Friedman (feat. Hugh Stephens), Financial Post, March 22, 2019

Alberta finds that playing OPEC isn’t easy as oil gets too pricey

by Robert Tuttle (feat. Kevin Birn), Bloomberg, March 22, 2019

Among false claims, Trump attacked McCain for failing veterans

by Quil Lawrence (feat. Lindsay Rodman), WBUR News, March 21, 2019

A school shooting in Brazil, complicates Bolsonaro’s push to ease gun laws

by The Editors (feat. Robert Muggah), World Politics Review, March 21, 2019


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