Francis is the Director of Pomerleau’s Board of Directors and is the company’s former Chief Executive - National Strategies. In his previous role, he led the national business development, government relations and reputation management strategies to increase awareness of Pomerleau's value proposition in all our communities. As Director of the Board, Francis will continue to oversee the strategies he implemented.
Francis began his career at Pomerleau in 1991 as a project engineer and, together with his brother Pierre, was entrusted with 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 a part of it. He passionately shares the family values of the company and promotes the Pomerleau culture from coast to coast.
In 2001, Francis started being 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, to help 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 of Civil Engineering degree from Polytechnique Montréal and in 2000, he obtained a Master's in Business Administration from the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Francis has been involved in numerous construction industry associations 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.