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​Current Responsibilities

[JM1] Francis works very closely with the National PDS Leadership team to drive key business objectives, project delivery success and operational excellence. Francis oversees a portfolio of projects handled by an exceptionally skilled and experienced team, enabled by an incomparable technology platform.

Experience

Francis comes to JLL from a real-estate estate development background, spanning from multi-site builds to Toronto Financial Core asset repositioning.

Francis recently lead the large scale revitalization program of Dream's then flagship asset, Scotia Plaza. The multi-year plan was to see the delivery of a $70 Million multi-faceted redevelopment including all of the tower's common area and exterior plazas (A total of over 250,000 SQFT). This included the creation of Scotia Bank's Conference Centre and new retail units.

Previous to this endeavor, Francis oversaw a portfolio of projects at McDonald's Canada. There he assessed and led the due diligence process for new development opportunities. He also oversaw the construction of new stores, major renovations and the implementation of major technology inititatives, such as the dual lane drive throughs.  

Francis brings a unique perspective on to project flow and team dynamics – prior to joining the Commercial Real Estate Industry, he served in the Canadian Forces as an Infantry Officer over a fast-paced and challenging period of time. He had the privilege of training and leading front line soldiers over 2 deployments in Afghanistan, as well as a taking on the challenge of serving within the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command. 

Francis thrives in complexity, where he can bring clarity and formulate a tangible roadmap leading to successful project completion. Francis believes in that simplification, the disciplined application of first principles and collaborative relationships provide unrivaled efficacy. Empowering clients and earning their trust are what he considers his greatest achievements.[JM2] 

Education and Affiliations

  • Masters of Building Sciences, Ryerson University
  • Certificate in Building Design and Construction, Fleming College
  • Bachelor of Arts, Strategic Studies, Royal Military College Of Canada

Professional Associations

  • American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, (ASHRAE)
  • Commercial Real Estate Development Association, (NAIOP)
  • Canada Green Building Council, (CAGBC)
  • Real Property Association of Canada, (REALpac)