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PM announces appointment to the Security Intelligence Review Committee

By Canadian Security   

News Public Sector Security Intelligence Review Committee Stephen Harper Yves Fortier

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the appointment of Mr. L. Yves Fortier as a member of the Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC).

Fortier currently practices law in Montreal as an internationally-recognized independent mediator and arbitrator.


Fortier is the past chairman of the law firm Norton Rose (formerly Ogilvy Renault). In addition to having served as a director of many Canadian corporations, including the Royal Bank of Canada and TransCanada PipeLines Limited, Mr. Fortier is the former chairman of Alcan Inc. and the former Governor of the Hudson’s Bay Company.  In 2012, he was appointed chairman of the World Bank’s Sanctions Board.

In 1984, Fortier was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada, and in 1991, he was elevated to Companion, the highest rank in the Order. From July 1988 to January 1992, Fortier was Canada’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York. In 2006, he was made an Officer of the National Order of Quebec. He has also received numerous honorary degrees from major universities across the country.


In accordance with the requirements of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act, Fortier was sworn into the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada.

Established in 1984, SIRC provides an external review of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service’s performance of its duties and functions, and examines complaints by individuals or reports by ministers relating to security clearances and the national security of Canada.

This appointment is effective immediately.

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