Marc Lortie, a career diplomat, was born in Beauport, Québec in 1948.
He obtained a specialized B.A. in Political Science (International Relations) at Laval University.
He joined the Department of External Affairs in 1971.
He served abroad in Tunisia (1973-75) and Washington (1979-83).
He was seconded to the Prime Minister’s Office in 1985 where he was in charge of relations with the international media until 1987 when he was named Press Secretary.
In 1989, he returned to the diplomatic service and served in Paris as Minister-Counsellor for Political Affairs and as Personal Representative of the Prime Minister for La Francophonie. He was named Canadian Ambassador to Chile in 1993 and served in that position until 1997 when he was nominated Fellow at the Centre for International Affairs at Harvard University.
Mr. Lortie returned to Ottawa in September 1998 when he was appointed sherpa for the third Summit of the Americas.
In 2001, Mr. Lortie was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister for the Americas.
He was Ambassador of Canada to Spain from 2004 to 2007.
He was Ambassador of Canada in France from 2007 to 2012.
Mr. Lortie is married to Patricia Dunn.
Some of Mr Lortie's allocutions and interviews: