Director, School of Accounting and Finance

Steve Fortin, SAF DirectorOffice: HH 3108

Phone: 519-888-4567 x36440


Steve Fortin, is the Director of the School of Accounting and Finance at the University of Waterloo since September 2018. Native of eastern Québec, Fortin initially studied accounting, graduating with a bachelor’s degree from the Université du Québec à Rimouski in 1992, where he received the Governor General’s medal for Academic Excellence at convocation. He wrote the Uniform Final Examination (UFE) of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (now CPA Canada) that Fall, ranking first in Québec and 6th in Canada for his performance.  He was awarded the prestigious FCPA, FCA designation by both CPA Ontario and Québec in December 2019.

Following graduation, Fortin remained in the region and joined the firm Samson Bélair Deloitte et Touche (now Deloitte.) in Sept-Iles. From 1992 to 1995, he completed audits, consulting engagement and various other mandates across a wide variety of industries across the North Shore of Québec, from Baie-Comeau to Blanc-Sablon, and from Sept-Iles to Fermont.

He began PhD studies in Accounting at the University of Waterloo in 1995. He graduated in 2000, after successfully defending his thesis, “Accounting for derivatives and hedge accounting treatment: an empirical study of the rule prescribed by SFAS 133 and some alternatives” in late 1999. Interestingly, he built deep roots within Waterloo region as a PhD student, becoming a CA in Ontario in 1997 and seeing the birth of his son Jérémie in 1998.  His wife, Marie-Line, is also a graduate of the University of Waterloo, having completed a master’s degree in French Linguistics in 1998.

Fortin joined McGill University in July 1999. where he engaged in wide variety of Academic activities over his 19-year tenure. His research was published in top Academic journals in Accounting, such as the Journal of Accounting and Economics and Contemporary Accounting Research. He has also been published in practitioners-oriented journals over the years. His research focused on Audit quality, often at the intersection of auditing and financial instruments, with some initiatives in corporate governance.  He taught accounting courses in a wide variety of programs at McGill, at the undergraduate, graduate, Executive and PhD levels. Fortin offered Accounting for Derivatives courses for the Montreal Exchange for several years in the early 2000s and a variety of executive courses across the country for the International Executive Institute of McGill. On the service side, Fortin served as Area Coordinator for Accounting, Module Director for the EMBA program, Academic Director of the Director’s Education Program, Associate Dean Undergraduate Programs, Academic Director of the MBA program and finally, Associate Dean Masters programs before his departure in 2018.  He received multiple teaching and service awards during his time with McGill.

Fortin has served the Accounting profession in multiple occasions, first as member of the Education Committee of the Ordre des comptables agréés du Québec (now CPA Québec), then as a member of the Competency Map committee of the CICA (now CPA Canada), member of the Table de Concertation en Comptabilité of the CREPUQ in Québec at the time of the merger of the Accounting profession. In 2017, he was named to the Accounting Standard Board of Canada, the Canadian accounting standard setter,  as a voting member, a Board on which he still serves today.  As part of his Board duties, he chairs the Academic Advisory Council of the Board. 

He holds the CPA designation from CPA Québec (since 1994) and CPA Ontario (since 1997).  He was awarded the prestigious FCPA, FCA designation by both CPA Ontario and Québec in December 2019.  He is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) since 2016.  Father of two, he lives in Waterloo.

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