Emilie Fournel competed in her second consecutive Olympic Games and finished in 14th place in the K-1 500m and 21st place in the K-1 200m events. In 2008, Fournel was part of the K-4 500m crew in Beijing that finished in 10th.
Earlier in 2012, Fournel won a gold medal at the Canadian Nationals and also holds a third-place finish in the relay K-1 4x200m event in Germany.
In 2011, she captured silver at the Pan American Games in Mexico in the K-1 500m.
2010 saw Fournel capture silver at a World Cup event in Germany in the K-1 4x200m relay and also captured bronze at a World Cup in Canada in that same event.
Her father, Jean, paddled at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal and her brother, Hugues, competed in London in the K-2 200m and 500m events with partner Ryan Cochrane.