Biography of Suzanne Fortier
Professor Suzanne Fortier signing Memorandum of Agreement 17th June 2015
Professor Suzanne Fortier, Principal of McGill University
Montreal, Canada, was awarded the honorary degree of DUniv from the University of Glasgow during the Commemoration Day Ceremony on 17th June 2015 in honour of her academic contribution as a scientist as well as her academic leadership.
After the Commemoration Day ceremony, Professor Suzanne Fortier and Professor Anton Muscatelli signed a Memorandum of Agreement between McGill University in Canada and the University of Glasgow.
Professor Fortier, a crystallographer by training, has made contributions to the development of novel techniques in crystallographic data mining. She has authored or co-authored over 80 scientific publications and had made numerous invited scientific presentations.
Professor Fortier served for seven years as President of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)and before joining NSERC, she 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, where she was a Professor in the Department of Chemistry and in the School of Computing. She became the Principal of McGill University, Canada, in September 2013.
Fortier has received many awards including the Clara Benson Award for distinguished contributions to chemistry by a woman (1997)
and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012). She is also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and an officer of France’s National Order of Merit.
Professor Fortier is currently a member of the Strategic Committee of Investissements d’Excellence Bordeaux; International Jury of France's Investissements d'Avenir IDEX/I-SITE 2014; the Canadian Business-Higher Education Roundtable and serves on the Board of Directors of Montreal International; the Conference Board of Canada, and Universities Canada.