John Francis

Founding Partner
Former CEO, Trader Media (CDL (Toronto))

John Francis is the Managing Director of Fraser Kearney Capital Corp., the investment company that oversees the Francis family office. Prior to forming Fraser Kearney, John was President and CEO of Trader Media Corporation. Trader Media was a market leader in classified advertising publications and websites for vehicles, rental accommodation, new homes and condominiums, resale homes, and general classifieds. Trader Media was a private family business that John led from 1991 to 2006, when it was acquired by Yellow Media Inc. (formerly Yellow Pages Income Fund). Prior to Trader Media, John worked as an Associate, Mergers and Acquisitions with Castle & Cooke Inc., a public company controlled by David Murdock of Los Angeles, and as an analyst in the Mergers and Acquisitions department at Goldman Sachs in New York from 1986 to 1988. John serves on the advisory boards of Summerhill Venture Partners, formerly BCE Capital, the venture capital arm of BCE Inc., and Altas Partners, a private equity firm focused on longer investment horizon investing. He also chairs the board of Summerhill portfolio company ScribbleLive, Inc. and is a director of NSC, an Altas portfolio company. He is Chair of the SickKids Foundation Board of Directors as well as a Trustee of The Hospital for Sick Children and a governor of Havergal College. John was educated at the University of Western Ontario’s Richard Ivey School of Business (Honours Business Administration, with Distinction, 1986). John and his wife Susan Caskey live in Toronto with their three children.