Major-General Dany Fortin is the Commander of NATO Mission Iraq (NMI) in Baghdad. NMI is a non-combat advisory and training mission that works primarily with the Ministry of Defence on security sector reform, institutional building, strengthening the professional military education system and Iraqi military schools.
MGen Fortin graduated from Royal Military College (RMC) Saint-Jean in 1991 and was commissioned as an artillery officer in 5e Regiment d'artillerie légère du Canada. His commands include the 5th Regiment, 5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group in Valcartier, Quebec and 1st Canadian Division in Kingston, Ontario. Key staff appointments include Deputy Commanding General for Operations of U.S. Army’s 1st Corps at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington 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, responsible for consular issues and the Middle East region 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 Army G3.
Operational deployments include platoon leader with the United Nations Protection Force in Bosnia (1993-94); artillery observer and forward air controller with NATO’s Implementation Force (IFOR) in Bosnia (1996); G3 Operations and Brigade G3 of ISAF’s Kabul Multinational Brigade (KMNB) in 2004, and Chief of Staff Task Force Kandahar in 2009-2010. He 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. Other courses include Field Artillery Instructor-in-Gunnery, the Land Force Command and Staff, the Combat Team Commander, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff, the Combined/Joint Force Land Component Commander 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.