Colette Fortin

Colette Fortin Acc. FM, CDFA®, B.Ed

Franchise Partner, Resolution Expert, Mediator


Address25 Young St East, Waterloo, ON N2J 2L4
INR Certified ProfessionalINR Certified TrainerINR Certificate of Completion

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Professional Experience

Colette Fortin is one of the leading divorce mediators/coaches in Southern Ontario. She has been the owner-mediator of Fairway Waterloo since opening the office 12 years ago. Colette specializes in family-centred conflict resolution. She has helped guide hundreds of couples to a fair conclusion of their separation while helping preserve their family relationships, especially important for co-parenting situations. She is an Accredited Family Mediator (Acc.FM), a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA®), and a member of both the Ontario Association for Family Mediation (OAFM) and the ADR Institute of Ontario.

Whether the separation involves high net worth, complex financials, business ownership, or pensions, Colette ensures clients are empowered to make good decisions about their financial future. She also provides communication coaching, helping couples build skills for thriving in their new relationship structure. In her additional capacity as Fairway's trainer and coach, she ensures each mediator entering the system masters the knowledge and tools needed for becoming an effective resolution expert.

Colette has become the region's go-to spokesperson on separation and divorce. She has been a frequent guest on CityNews 570/Ask the Expert and several other regional talk shows. Colette has also been featured in local newspapers, The Grand Magazine, and a frequent speaker at support groups and business groups about communication and the impact of divorce on the family and workplace.

Fairway Divorce Solutions
Franchise Partner, Mediator

Waterloo Region District School Board
Teacher

Waterloo District Catholic School Board
Teacher

Winnipeg District School Board
Teacher

Language(s): English, French

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Practice Areas

Divorce Mediation

  • Complex financial arrangements
  • High net-worth divorce
  • High conflict divorce
  • Grey divorce
  • Divorcing with children
  • Farm divorce
  • Common Law Separations
  • Same-sex relationships

Family mediation

  • Parenting plans
  • Support review

Business mediation

  • Partnership conflict
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Speaking Engagements

Demystifying the Divorce Process
Presented to Community Seminars

Divorce and Real Estate: What every agent needs to know
Presented to Real Estate Board of Kitchener Waterloo

Understanding Divorce for Financial Planners, Mortgage brokers and Banks
Presented to various mortgage broker associations

Behavioral Styles - Am I speaking the right language
Presented to RBC Women and Money, Green Economy Canada, Family Law Litigants

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Blog Posts
  • 10 Tips to dealing with the limbo of divorce
    The early days of a separation can be very challenging both emotionally and in the context of living together. This article provides tips on dealing with the limbo.
  • Making the Grade the Juggle between two homes
    More and more people are choosing shared parenting arrangements. Children are therefore living 50% of the time in each home. This article provides tips to ensure a successful re-entry with back to school.
  • Divorce means one of us is moving out
    Dealing with a move means your children's will have to adjust to a new living situation, new routines, new schedules, maybe different sets of rules. This article provides tips to helping you transition to 2 homes.
  • Can text messaging bridge better communication?
    More and more people are using electronic devices for day to day communication. If you though communication was challenging when you were married, it doesn't get any easier in divorce. This article provides practical dos and don'ts when text messaging your ex.

Updated: May 16, 2022

If you are looking for someone to help you through your separation that is kind, caring, and compassionate, then I highly recommend Fairway Divorce. Colette and Sarah helped us navigate through the separation process in timely manageable steps during a pandemic of all times. Colette was thorough and non-partial, ensuring we both knew exactly what we were agreeing to and ensured we had a childcare plan that would work best for our kids. Thanks so much, Colette, Sarah, and the other team members.

M.G.

I cannot thank Colette and the Fairway team enough for the help and support they offered during this regrettable life transition. They made an extremely difficult situation so much more bearable. I can honestly say I would have been lost both in life and the legalities without their help during this time.

Enough cannot be said about their honest, compassionate and straightforward approach to marital separation, the focus on the children involved, and the value of communication. The end result of the service was WELL worth the money spent.

I'd never wish it upon anyone to need to go through this process, but the reality of it is, if you are reading this, Fairway Divorce Solutions would be the only path I would recommend.

A.M.

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