PhD, Accounting, University of Waterloo, Canada
Bachelor, Accounting Sciences, Université du Québec à Rimouski, Canada
Professor Fortin joined the McGill Faculty of Management in 1999. Since then, he has taught Financial Accounting in the Bcom program at McGill, and the MBA program in Japan. He is one of the module directors in the McGill/HEC Executive MBA program. He has also taught several seminars to executives for the McGill International Executive Institute in several sectors of the economy. For many years, professor Fortin was involved as a trainer with the Montreal Exchange, providing training on Accounting for Derivatives.
Professor Fortin’s research interests are auditing quality and financial accounting. His research has appeared in many renown journals, including The Journal of Accounting and Economics and Contemporary Accounting Research, amongst others. His research has been presented in conferences worldwide.
Prior to joining McGill, Professor Fortin worked as an Auditor for Samson Bélair/Deloitte & Touche, following his undergraduate studies at the Université du Québec à Rimouski. He then completed a PhD in Accounting at the University of Waterloo.
Professor Fortin received many awards and scholarships during his career. He was awarded the gold medal in Québec (6th in Canada) for his achievement at the Uniform Final Examination of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Canada in 1992, and the Governor General's Academic Medal (Silver) for his academic achievement during his undergraduate degree at Université du Québec à Rimouski. He is an award wining teacher, having received teaching awards from both McGill University, and the McGill Undergraduate Society.
Papers in Peer-Reviewed Journals
Edelstein, R., S. Fortin and D. Tsang (2012). An International Exploration of Financial Reporting Practices in the Real Estate Industry. International Real Estate Review (15-3), pp. 347-372.
Ge, W., D.H. Drury, S. Fortin, F. Liu and D. Tsang (2010). Value Relevance of Disclosed Related Party Transactions. Advances in Accounting, Vol. 26, Issue 1, pp. 134-141.
Fortin, S. and J.A. Pitman (2008). The Impact of Auditor-Related Tax Services on Corporate Debt Pricing. The Journal of the American Taxation Association, Vol. 30, No. 2, pp. 79-106.
Fortin, S. and J. A. Pittman (2007). The Role of Auditor Choice in Debt Pricing in Private Firms. Contemporary Accounting Research (24): pp. 859-896.
Pittman, J.A. and S. Fortin (2004). The impact of auditor’s reputation on the cost of financing. Journal of Accounting and Economics (37): 113-136.
Eckel, L., S. Fortin and K. Fisher (2003). The Choice of discount rate for external reporting purposes: considerations for standard setting. Accounting Forum (27), pp. 28-59.
Chapters in Books
Fortin, S., D. Tsang, and F.-P. Dionne (2008). “GAAP vs. Non-GAAP Summary Performance Measures: An International Exploration of Reporting Practices Adopted in the Real Estate Industry,” Report for Real Property Association of Canada (REALpac), 2008
Fortin, S. (1998). The University of Waterloo Second Survey of Canadian Derivatives use and Hedging Activities. Published in Smithson, C.W. (1998). Managing Financial Risk: 1998 Yearbook. CIBC World Markets: 173-193.
2003: Management Undergraduate Society (M.U.S.) Professor-Student Life Award, for implication in the Student life at McGill
2002: Faculty of Management, McGill University, Distinguished Teacher Award (B.com)
2001: Management Undergraduate Society (M.U.S.) Teacher of the Year Award, for teaching excellence at McGill
1995-1999: John Waterhouse PhD Scholarship (1999)
FCAR Scholarships (2 years)
ICAO Doctoral Studies support (1 year)
KPMG Peat Marwick Thorne Doctoral Award (2 years)
1992: Quebec Gold Medallist (1st in Québec), 6th in Canada. Uniform Final Examination of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants
1992: General Governor of Canada Silver Medallist for academic excellence. Université du Québec à Rimouski, Class of 1992
1991: Raymond Chabot Martin Paré Academic Achievement Award
1992: Ordre des Comptables Agréés du Québec Achievement Award
1992: UQAR Academic Achievement Awards (3 years)
2006: REALPAC research grants, (with Desmond Tsang – co-investigator)
2006: SSHRC Research Grant, (with Jeffrey A. Pittman – co-investigator)
2006: SSHRC Research Grant, (with Denis Cormier – principal investigator, Pascal Lapointe-Antunes and Michel Magnan)
2005: SSHRC Research Grant, (with Jeffrey A. Pittman – principal investigator)
2004: CAAA – CMA research grant, (with Sandy Hilton, Thomas Mattews and Jeffrey Pittman)
2002: SSHRC Research Grant, (with Jeffrey A. Pittman – principal investigator).