Francis is Stantec’s technical leader for Marine Science in Canada and Alaska. He’s spent more than 20 years working in the marine environment throughout the world—and he’s fluent in English, French, German, and Spanish, so that helps. As part of his role, he designs, implements, and manages large multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional marine ecosystems programs in northern/polar regions.
Since 2011, Francis has served on the Chukchi-Beaufort Ecosystem Collaboration Team of the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee and was the lead-author on a conceptual ecosystem model document for the US Arctic. He is currently the Technical Director for the Marine Arctic Ecosystem Study. Francis has worked for and with academia, government, non-profits, and industry. He is a technical reviewer for more than 20 international journals and has served on a variety of national science panels and working groups.
Not surprisingly, when he’s away from the office, Francis is still near the water—kayaking, sailing, or serving as a scientist/lecturer on Antarctic cruise ships. He also explores the Alaska terra firma via bicycle.