Major General Dany Fortin graduated from the Royal Military College (RMC) Saint-Jean in 1991 and was commissioned as an artillery officer in 5e Regiment d'artillerie légère du Canada, Valcartier. His command appointments include command of the 5th Regiment (2007-2009), and of the 5th Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (2013-2015) which he led through the road to high readiness. Promoted to his present rank in April 2018, he assumed command of the 1st Canadian Division in Kingston, Ontario. He subsequently assumed command of NATO Mission Iraq (NMI) on 31 October 2018.
Key staff appointments include Deputy Commanding General for Operations of U.S. Army’s 1st Corps at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington (2015-2017) where he participated in a number of operational level exercises and contingencies across the Asia-Pacific. In 2017, he was seconded to the Privy Council Office as Director of Operations of the Foreign and Defence Policy Secretariat, with consular issues and the Middle East region as part of his portfolio. Other assignments include Instructor-in-Gunnery, operations staff at Brigade and Division, Executive Assistant and Special Advisor to the Chief of the Defense Staff, and Director of Army Force Readiness (Army G3).
Operational deployments include leading a platoon with the United Nations Protection Force in Bosnia (1993-1994); artillery forward observer and forward air controller with NATO’s Implementation Force (IFOR) in Bosnia (1996); G3 Operations and subsequently Brigade G3 of the Kabul Multinational Brigade (KMNB) of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan (2004). In 2009-2010, he was the Chief of Staff of Task Force Kandahar and the Canadian Joint Task Force-Afghanistan.
Fortin holds a science degree from RMC Saint-Jean and a Master’s degree in military arts and science from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He is a 2013 graduate of the National Security Program at the Canadian Forces College, Toronto. He completed the Field Artillery Instructor-in-Gunnery Course, the Land Force Command and Staff Course, the Combat Team Commander Course, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff Course, the Combined/Joint Force Land Component Commander Course and U.S. Capstone.
His awards include Officer of the Order of Military Merit, Officer of the US Legion of Merit, and Japan’s Defence Cooperation Medal. He and his wife are from Montmagny, Quebec and they have one daughter.