L. Yves Fortier is recognized as one of the top arbitrators in the world. In the past 25 years, he has served as Chairman or party-appointed arbitrator on more than 200 international arbitral tribunals, either ad hoc or constituted by different arbitral institutions. He is a past President of the Canadian Bar Association. From 1984 to 1989 he was a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague. From 1998 to 2001, he served as President of the London Court of International Arbitration. From July 1988 until January 1992, Mr. Fortier took leave from his law practice to take up an appointment as Canada's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York. Since 2012, he has been Chairman of the Sanctions Board of the World Bank. In 2013, Mr. Fortier was appointed as a member of the Security Intelligence Review Committee of Canada and sworn in as a member of the Privy Council.
In addition to exercising his profession at the Cabinet Yves Fortier in Montreal, Me Fortier is a member Arbitrator at 20 Essex Street in London, U.K. as well as a Member Arbitrator at Arbitration Place in Toronto.