Suzanne Fortier

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Suzanne "Big Suze" Fortier (born November 11, 1949)[1] is the Principal of McGill University, as announced March 5, 2013 by McGill's Board of Governors. She is the university's 17th Principal and Vice-Chancellor, and assumed her new responsibilities September 5, 2013.[2]

From January 16, 2006[3] until March 4, 2013[4] she was the President of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), a Canadian government division that provides grants for research in the natural sciences and in engineering.

Born in Saint-Timothée, Quebec,[1] Fortier received her B.Sc. (1972) and Ph.D. (1976) from McGill University. Her research interests are in the field of protein crystallography. She joined the Chemistry Department at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, eventually serving as Vice-Principal (Research) (1995-2000) and then Vice-Principal (Academic) (2000-2005), before taking leave from Queen's to lead NSERC.

Fortier's current salary at McGill is 390,000 CAD with a discretionary bonus of up to twenty percent. Her contract was made public in 2013 by the university. [5]


  1. ^ a b "McGill principal and vice-chancellor completes full circle". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  2. ^ Cobbett, Stuart. "Announcement of Principal-Designate". McGill University. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Biography: Dr. Suzanne Fortier (Wayback machine cache)". Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. 2009-06-10. Archived from the original on January 7, 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2010. 
  4. ^ Suzanne, Fortier (2013-03-05). "Statement from Dr. Suzanne Fortier". Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Fortier Contract of Employment" (PDF). Retrieved 2017-02-10. 

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