For some 30 years, Francis served in progressively more senior capacities in engineering, marketing, business development and finance in the field of international telecommunications, living and working around the globe in Montreal Canada, London UK, Beijing China and Hong Kong. He also taught financial management at both McGill and Concordia universities in Montreal, Canada as a part-time lecturer from 1978-1983 and appeared frequently in international conferences on mobile satellite communications in the 1990s. Over the years 1985-1999, he toured almost all provinces in China, promoting the use of mobile satellite services to facilitate economic development in remote regions. From 1993-1999, Francis enjoyed ambassadorial status in China (see China Diplomatic List below) as head of the diplomatic mission of the International Mobile Satellite Organization (Inmarsat) based in Beijing. Francis led a project team from 1996-1998 and secured approval for a US$2 billion satellite project – GAN/BGAN which continues to be a significant revenue earner today (https://youtu.be/dAvggxvmS3w at 1:35 minute mark: Global Area Network – GAN launch 1999).
Since the year 2000, Francis has been engaging in management consulting and corporate training, often conducting business English and communication skill workshops for Chinese companies hoping to expand overseas. He was involved in two IPO processes in Hong Kong, in a paper plant acquisition from Sweden by a Chinese company and served as the general manager in Weifang Shandong during the difficult transition phase. Francis was an occasional trainer under the Chiang Chen Industrial Charity Foundation; as well, he served as supervisor/manager of a vocational college in Heze, Shandong. While fluent in English, French, Cantonese and Putonghua, he has basic knowledge of German, Italian and Japanese. His current passion is helping youngsters prepare for a future with artificial intelligence becoming an increasingly important part of daily life. He believes in the four C’s as the cornerstone of a successful education - critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity.