Michael Fortune maintains his studio near Peterborough Ontario Canada. He designs and makes furniture for residences across North America. His teaching experience includes eight years at Sheridan College, Rochester Institute of Technology NY, the Kootenay School of the Arts BC and numerous courses in summer programs at art centers in the United States. He is active in educating woodworkers around the globe about the responsible use of tropical hardwoods, and in facilitating connections between the woodworking craft and the social and economic growth of underdeveloped countries.
In 1993 Fortune received the prestigious Prix Saidye Bronfman, Canada's highest award in the crafts. Juried by his peers, he is the first furniture designer/maker to receive this award. In 2007 Michael received the Furniture Society's Award of Distinction. He truly is one of the top North American furniture designers.
Michael's work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Civilization (Ottawa), Royal Ontario Museum, Claridge Collection of Canadian Art and Craft (Montreal), Massey Foundation, Ontario Crafts Council Collection, and The National Capital Commission in Ottawa.