Patricia Fortier
Patricia Fortier
Senior Fellow Honorary


Patricia Fortier is a retired Canadian diplomat who was most recently (2016) Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for Security, Consular, and Emergency Management in Global Affairs Canada. Other assignments in Ottawa include Director General (Emergency Management) and Chief Security Officer (2015), Director General, Consular Operations (2009-11) and Director, Peacekeeping and Regional Security (1995-2000). Patricia was Ambassador to Peru and Bolivia (2011-5) and to the Dominican Republic (2006-9). She was Minister-Counsellor (Political) at the Embassy in Washington (2001-5). Other postings include Chile, the United Nations in New York, India, Kenya and Zambia. Before entering the Canadian Foreign Service, Patricia was Director of Policy Planning for City of Edmonton Transit. She is currently on the board of Canadian mining company Primero. Patricia has an MPA and a BA (Hons) from Queen's University and was Weatherhead Fellow at Harvard University (2005-6).


  • Political relations
  • Governance
  • International security
  • Consular management
  • Crisis management
  • Peacekeeping
  • Democracy and human rights
  • Trade and investment