Suzanne Fortier is a Professor of Chemistry at Queen's University. She is also cross-appointed to the Queen's School of Computing, and is currently the Vice-Principal (Research). On March 5, 2013, McGill's Board of Governors announced their selection of Dr. Fortier as McGill’s 17th Principal and Vice-Chancellor. She is expected to assume her new responsibilities in early September 2013.
Since January 16 2006, she is 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.
She received her B.Sc. and Ph.D. from McGill University. Her research interests are in the field of protein crystallography.