Chief Executive - National Strategies
ING. P.ENG. MBA
Francis has held the position of Chief Executive - National Strategies since 2021. In this role, he leads the national business development, government relations and reputation management strategies to increase awareness of Pomerleau's value proposition in all our communities. In addition, he is co-owner of Groupe Beaubois, part of the Pomerleau Group, and a leader specializing in architectural carpentry.
He began his career at Pomerleau in 1991 as a project engineer and together with his brother Pierre, was entrusted the management of the company in 1997. Endowed with natural leadership, and more than 30 years of experience within the organization, Francis has developed a deep understanding of the construction industry, the company's pan-Canadian operations and the people who are part of it. He passionately shares the family values of the company and promotes the Pomerleau culture from coast to coast.
In 2001, Francis began to be actively involved in the organization’s pan-Canadian expansion, first as Vice-President, then President of Operations, Canadian Building Operations. Under his leadership, several major projects that cemented Pomerleau’s reputation across Canada were carried out and delivered, in particular the Lansdowne Park redevelopment expansion project in Ottawa as well as the construction of the Centre of Excellence at York University in Toronto. In 2018, Francis became Chief Executive - Talent, Culture and Leadership, in order to meet the growing needs of the organization in the face of a shortage of skilled labour in the industry. Thanks to his vision, Pomerleau launched its own training ecosystem, PX3, which includes a training centre and tailor-made development programs, to not only continue to attract and retain the best talent in the industry, but also ensure their professional development. This unique initiative was one of the reasons Pomerleau was named one of Canada's Top 100 Employers in 2020.
Francis holds a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from Polytechnique Montréal (1991) and in 2000, obtained a Master's in Business Administration from the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Francis has been involved in numerous associations of the construction industry in Canada, in particular the Canadian Construction Association (CCA), where he chaired the General Contractors Council for two years. He also personally supports many non-profit organizations in the education, sports and health sectors such as the French University in Ontario and in 2021-22, accepted to be the honorary president of Beauce Art, the International Symposium of Sculpture in his hometown of Saint-Georges.