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

Torys offers the entire scope of environmental law services, covering both non-contentious matters and litigation. The group is especially well versed in handling the environmental aspects of commercial transactions and major project permitting, demonstrating particular strength in seeking environmental approvals for projects in the infrastructure, renewable and conventional energy sectors. ESG disclosures and climate change issues are growing areas of focus for the practice which is also engaged in the defense of environmental disputes throughout Canada. Dennis Mahony specialises in environmental approval processes and litigation. He leads the Toronto-based group that also includes climate change policy and regulation expert Tyson Dyck, who focuses on environmental issues arising from energy, mining and infrastructure projects. Michael Fortier also has a wealth of experience in these sectors, often advising on project-related environmental issues.