Michael Fortier > Torys > Toronto, Canada > Lawyer Profile


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With extensive experience in the energy, infrastructure, mining, metals and real estate industries, Michael gives clients broad counsel across a range of environmental law and Indigenous matters—from projects and transactions to regulatory matters and disputes.

Michael provides practical advice to clients on key environmental, Indigenous and strategic aspects of developing, permitting and constructing energy, infrastructure, mining and real estate projects. He guides clients in their negotiations with Indigenous peoples and regulatory agencies, especially to resolve impasses, to advance complex, multi-party negotiations and to develop strong, mutually beneficial relationships with Indigenous peoples. He also provides counsel on consultation and accommodation and the free, prior and informed consent of Indigenous peoples.

For existing operations in a wide range of sectors, Michael provides regulatory advice on a broad range of environmental, health and safety issues, including with respect to environmental assessments and other vital permits, including for electricity generation and transmission, water, wastewater, transportation, waste, mine and remediation/closure projects inspections; investigations; liability assessments; climate change; contaminated sites; air, renewable energy, sewage and other approvals. He also advises on the transportation, import and export of dangerous goods, nuclear substances, hazardous products and wastes.

As part of Michael’s transactional work, he regularly assists buyers, sellers, lenders, borrowers, underwriters and investors through all the environmental and Indigenous 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 often crafts a practical, successful resolution to disputes, acting in a mediation or intermediary role. His dispute resolution practice includes approval hearings, civil litigation (especially with respect to contamination), mediation, negotiation and regulatory prosecutions and other proceedings, including with respect to the Environmental Protection Act, Ontario Water Resources Act, Pesticides Act, Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, Fisheries Act and Nuclear Safety and Control Act.


Ontario Bar, 2002


Michael is the Chair of the Aboriginal Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association and servces on the Executive for both the Aboriginal Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association and for the Environmental Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association.

Michael is also a member of the National Environmental, Energy and Resources Law Section and the National Alternative Dispute Resolution Section for the Canadian Bar Association; the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the Ontario Bar Association; and the Dartmouth Lawyers Association.

Lawyer Rankings

Canada > Environment

(Next Generation Partners)

Michael FortierTorys

The team at Torys plays a prominent role in the coverage of both ESG and climate change issues. Clients such as Enbridge Gas and CIBC Pembina Pipeline benefit from the team’s governance model and ESG policy expertise. In addition to non-contentious expertise, the team is also well-equipped to oversee high-profile and complex litigation, having acted as lead counsel in over 50 major environmental disputes before all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada. Dennis Mahony is best known for overseeing major infrastructure projects through obtaining appropriate approvals and leading advocacy on cases, meanwhile Michael Fortier‘s specialisms include advising international companies on environmental issues arising from their projects, deals and disputes. Tyson Dyck is noted for his advice to major financial institutions facing sensitive ESG issues.