A native of St-Timothée, Québec, Dr. Suzanne Fortier
is a graduate of McGill, where she received a BSc (1972) and a PhD in Crystallography (1976). She was awarded both an Entrance Scholarship and the R.P.D. Graham Scholarship for being an exceptional student.
Dr. Fortier has served most recently as President of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). In that role, she brought renewed focus on excellence to the agency and increased its capacity to support discovery research and Canada’s ability to attract and retain the best students and professors, promote business-academic relationships and foster innovation. She also forged strong relationships with other national and international granting agencies and organizations to increase the number, scope and impact of joint initiatives available to researchers.
Through her work at NSERC, she has been invited to make presentations on science, technology and innovation, women in science and engineering and the recruitment of future generations of scientists and engineers.
Prior to her appointment as President of NSERC in January 2006, Dr. Fortier held the posts of Vice-Principal (Research) from 1995 to 2000 and Vice-Principal (Academic) from 2000 to 2005 at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.