Chief Investment and Innovation Officer
Sylvain Fortier is responsible for developing and executing strategies enabling Ivanhoé Cambridge to provide strong, innovative real estate investment leadership. To that end, he identifies new ideas by focusing on emerging trends, technological advances, innovative designs and needs generated by urbanization or by future users of space. His mandate also includes oversight of global investment funds.
Mr. Fortier sits on the Board of Directors of Otéra Capital, a major commercial mortgage lender, and is also a member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Strategy and Investment Committee of Gecina, Europe’s largest office real estate investment trust, in which Ivanhoé Cambridge has a substantial investment.
Mr. Fortier joined Ivanhoé Cambridge’s parent company, the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, in 2004 as Vice President, Asset Management, of Cadim. He was then put in charge of SITQ’s office building portfolio in the United States. In August 2010, he became Ivanhoé Cambridge’s Vice President, Advisory and Real Estate Strategy. In April 2011, he was appointed head of the Company’s newly formed residential business unit, which grew significantly under his leadership.
Mr. Fortier has more than 30 years of experience in real estate investment and financing involving various asset types. He began his career with the mortgage and real estate units of London Life and then joined Standard Life, where his positions included Regional Manager. Over the years, he has acquired a broad range of experience in real estate financing and management.
Mr. Fortier is actively involved in the community and has been a member of the fund-raising committees of The Lighthouse, Children and Families, United Way and the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer (IRIC). He sits on the Board of Directors of Théâtre du Nouveau Monde (TNM) and is also a member of the Pension Real Estate Association (PREA) and the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC).
Mr. Fortier has a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Finance and Real Estate from McGill University.