Wednesday, June 13 | 9:45 a.m.
Michael Francis is a Vancouver chartered accountant, innovator and leader who has devoted much of his life to community engagement. A past member and chair emeritus of the SFU Board of Governors, he has shared his time and business expertise by chairing many corporate and public boards. These include the BC Trade Development Corp. where, as chair, he broke new ground in developing important new trade relations; and the Vancouver International Film Festival, which he served for 25 years, guiding its unprecedented financial and artistic success. In 2000 he received a Leo award recognizing his contributions to building B.C.’s film industry and to growing and developing B.C.’s cultural and arts communities. In 2001 the Institute of Chartered Accountants named him as a fellow. He is also president of Seed Management Inc., an early-stage venture capital company.