Owner, Provigo Baie d’Urfé
Francis has been a resident of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue since birth. He has always been very active in the Sainte-Anne community, first as a part-time firefighter until the forced municipal mergers in early 2002, and then as a member of the public security committee. He created the local rescue squad, was a member of the de-merger committee, participated in various other community initiatives such as the yearly Christmas food drive, etc.
Francis was elected by the residents to serve as Mayor of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue between 2009 to 2013. During his mandate and under his leadership, the city’s sustainable development plan was developed, adopted and implemented under the name Moving towards sustainability. In 2012, Francis was awarded by Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II with the Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contributions towards charity and community work.
Francis is a business administrator with a wide-range of experience in the food industry. Prior to becoming owner of the Baie d’Urfé Provigo in 2013, he worked in upper management for the largest Canadian food processor company, for over 25 years.
He is an active sponsor and member of the Baie d’Urfé Curling Club and member at the Braeside Golf Club in Senneville. In addition, he supports the Sainte-Anne Hospital Veterans Foundation, the John Abbott College Foundation as well as the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue food bank.