Fred Francis was born on November 22, 1980 in Windsor, Ontario. He was raised in South Windsor and is the youngest of three sons to Farid and Arlette Francis, who immigrated to Windsor from Lebanon in the early 1970s.
Fred attended Notre Dame Catholic Elementary School and Holy Names Catholic High School prior to studying at Western University in London, Ontario. In London, Fred earned a Bachelor of Arts degree (combined hons History/Political Science) in 2003. After Western, Fred studied at the University of Windsor, earning both a Master of Arts degree (History) in 2006 and a Bachelor of Education degree in 2009.
Professionally, Fred has worked in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors prior to being elected to Windsor City Council in October 2014. He has significant management experience, having been the Director of Business Development for the region’s largest automotive retailer group and currently serving as the Director of Programs and Development for the Multicultural Council of Windsor and Essex County.
Fred resides within Ward 1 in the City of Windsor and is a first-term City Councillor. He was elected on a platform that placed taxpayers first, while working to build stronger neighbourhoods. As a councillor, Fred has been a strong proponent of fiscal responsibility at City Hall. He has also focused on greater job creation in our city and region; holding the line on property taxes; continuing to decrease the City’s debt, increasing its financial reserves; and investing in our City’s infrastructure. Fred believes in a strong and vibrant City of Windsor with a quality of life that is second to none.
Councillor Francis currently serves on the following Agencies, Boards and Committees:
· Environment, Transportation & Public Safety Standing Committee
· International Relations Committee (Chair)
· Museum Development Project Steering Committee
· Town & Gown Committee
· Windsor Essex County Environment Committee
· Essex Region Conservation Authority
· Essex Windsor Solid Waste Authority
· Roseland Golf Club Board of Directors (Chair)
· Windsor Canada Utilities
· Huron Lodge Committee
· Your Quick Gateway (YQG) Board of Directors
· (IBLS) Institute of Border Logistics and Security Committee