John Francis is the Managing Director of Fraser Kearney Capital Corp., an investment company that oversees the Francis family office. Prior to forming Fraser Kearney, John was President and CEO of Trader Media Corporation for 16 years where he grew revenues to $150 million from under $10 million. Trader Media was a market leader in classified media, employing just under 2,000 employees in Ontario when it was acquired by Yellow Pages Income Fund in 2006. Prior to Trader Media, John worked as an Associate, Mergers and Acquisitions with Castle & Cooke Inc., a public company controlled by Pacific Holding Company, the private Los Angeles based family office of David Murdock. Before moving to Los Angeles, John was an analyst in the Mergers and Acquisitions department at Goldman Sachs in New York. John serves on the advisory boards of Summerhill Venture Partners, a venture capital firm focussed on mobility, digital media and saas, and Altas Partners, a private equity firm focussed on longer horizon private investing across various industries. He chairs the board of ScribbleLive, Inc., and is a director of National Salt Company Inc., portfolio companies of Summerhill and Altas respectively. He is a director and past Chair of the SickKids Foundation, a past trustee of The Hospital for Sick Children and a past governor of Havergal College. He also works actively in the early stage venture space volunteering as a G7 Fellow at the Creative Destruction Lab, an accelerator that provides mentorship, capital and networking to young entrepreneurs. Through this involvement he is an advisor to several early stage ventures and is a director of OTI Lumionics, Inc., an organic LED company. John was educated at the Western University’s Ivey School of Business (Honours Business Administration, with Distinction, 1986) and serves on their Advisory Board. John and his wife Susan Caskey live in Toronto and have three teenage children.
Former President & CEO, Trader Media Corporation (Sold to Yellow Pages Group)