Louis Fortier, chairman
Louis Fortier is an attorney (Barreau du Québec, Canadian Bar Association and American Bar Association), a certified translator (OTTIAQ and American Translators Association) and a chartered administrator (OAAQ). He has been chairman of the ACJT-CALT since 2011.
Louis holds a Bachelor’s degree in Independent Studies from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Université de Sherbrooke. He worked as a legal translator during his student years and later as a jurist-translator and jurilinguist for more than 25 years for clients in the public and private sectors.
Louis has been chairman of the ACJT-CALT and its pro bono consultant lobbyist since 2011. As such, he has overseen the file related to subsection 40.1 of the Quebec Securities Act. Together with various stakeholders, he monitors the activities of the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF) in Quebec and the financial lobby to ensure the protection and promotion of French and the language industry in the financial sector.
A well-known host-moderator and speaker, Louis is the author of the French version of the first edition of the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation – McGill Law Journal (widely referred to as the “McGill Red Book”), published by Carswell since 1986; the author of the Lexique anglais-français de procédure civile du Québec, published annually by the École du Barreau du Québec since 1995; and the author of the Table des matières méthodique du Code civil du Québec (2nd ed.), published by Wilson & Lafleur.
From 2010 to 2012, Louis chaired the Barreau du Québec’s plain language committee. He is the coauthor of the guide developed by this committee entitled Le langage clair : un outil indispensable pour l’avocat.
From 2014 to 2016, Louis took graduate-level courses in legistics (drafting of laws and regulations) at the Faculty of Law of Université Laval. He is continuing his studies in the same program at the master’s level.
He is particularly interested in legal drafting, interpretation and translation.
Louis is also interested in history. In 2016, he was welcomed into the Society of the Cincinnati in Washington, D.C., as the hereditary representative of his ancestor Abenaki Grand Chief Joseph-Louis Gill (1720–1798).