Holding a Graduate diploma in Public Accounting with honours from McGill University, Hélène F. Fortin also has an honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree with specialization in accounting and finance from Concordia University. She became a chartered accountant in 1982 and earned the title of ICD.D. from the Institute of Corporate Directors in 2006 after completing the Directors Education Program. Ms. Fortin has been practicing public accounting for 30 years. A member of the Ordre des comptables agréés du Québec (OCAQ), Ms. Fortin was a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants' (CICA) Auditing and Assurance Standards Board from 2006 to 2009. Between 1982 and 2005, she also played an active role in the CICA's interprovincial examination jury. In addition, she has sat on numerous Boards since 2003, as well as having served as Chairwoman of various auditing, governance, human resources and retirement fund management committees. She actively contributes to training on the governance of corporations and boards of directors as an author, guest speaker and leader of various workshops. She earned the title of Fellow of the OCAQ in February 2010.