Colette Fortin

Colette Fortin B.A., B.Ed., CDFA®, Acc.FM, C.Med

Franchise Partner, Mediator


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

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Background

Professional Experience

Colette Fortin, the owner of Fairway Waterloo Wellington, is an accredited family mediator and certified divorce financial analyst with over 11 years of experience guiding families through separation and divorce. Her proven ability to develop workable long-term solutions for families, particularly where children and parenting coordination are a factor, is informed by an Advanced Certificate in Conflict Management from the Conrad Grebel College at the University of Waterloo and designation as a Certified Coach Practitioner (CCP).

Colette believes a mediator combines the roles of guide, coach, facilitator, and teacher. Her philosophy carries through an empathetic, yet methodical style used to help clients move through challenging transitions. Her experience as a former educator and child development specialist underscores her approach to guiding families through Fairway’s Independently Negotiated Resolution™ (INR) process. This efficient, step-by-step mediation process allows everyone involved to be confident, knowing there’s a trusted methodology to follow, simplifying an otherwise overwhelming divorce and separation experience.

Colette oversees a team of highly experienced mediators serving the Waterloo Wellington community, with extensive training in conflict resolution, finances, and parenting, to serve a diverse range of clients through the separation and divorce process. Past clients include same sex couples, senior’s, families with a high-net worth and complex financial arrangements and farm families on the Niagara Peninsula. Colette is also a Fairway Independently Negotiated Resolution™ (INR) Certified Professional and Trainer, helping prepare and support Fairway’s mediators across Canada.

Active in the Ontario mediator community, Colette has been a member of both the Ontario Association for Family Mediation (OAFM) and the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Institute of Ontario since 2010. She has written and spoken extensively on matters of family conflict resolution, the divorce process, and the impact of divorce on family finances.

Language(s): English, French

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Practice Areas

Divorce Mediation

  • Same-sex relationships
  • Grey divorce
  • Complex financial arrangements
  • High net-worth divorce
  • High conflict divorce
  • Divorcing with children
  • Farm divorce
  • Divorce while incarcerated
  • Parenting Coordination

Business Mediation

  • Partnership Conflict
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Speaking Engagements

Demystifying the Divorce Process

Conducted several community free seminars to help educate people on separation and divorce.

Divorce and Real Estate - What Every Agent Needs to Know
(Real Estate Board of Kitchener Waterloo)

Professional education for local realtors on the impact of divorce from a real estate perspective. This talk was done in conjunction with a local real estate lawyer who provide invaluable legal insights for realtors.

Understanding Divorce for Financial Planners, Mortgage Brokers and Banks

Provided education for several financial planners to assist them in understanding the impact of divorce on their clients.

Behavioral Styles - Am I speaking the right language

This learning session was conducted several times over the years and was given to various legal offices, mortgage broker firms and small businesses. Helping managers understand behavioral styles to better understand employees and customers.

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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: July 26, 2021

The Best Decisions for our Family

Working with Fairway streamlined the separation process and allowed us to work together collaboratively, making decisions for the best possible outcome for our family going forward. The straightforward approach made an inherently stressful situation as simple as it could have been. I was incredibly impressed with how efficiently Colette was able to create a Resolution Plan; having all the financial details ready for the initial meeting we were able to have a draft of the Resolution Plan within a month of the initial meeting. Colette is the first person I would contact should I have a family dispute in the future.

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This business is owned and operated independently by 2236331 Ontario Inc., who is an authorized licensed user of the trademark Fairway Divorce Solutions®, which trademark is owned by Fairway Divorce Solutions Ltd.