Fred Francis was born on November 22, 1980, in Windsor, Ontario and is the youngest of three sons to Farid and Arlette Francis, who immigrated to Windsor from Lebanon in the early 1970s.
Fred was raised in South Windsor where he attended Notre Dame Catholic Elementary School and Holy Names Catholic High School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree (combined honours History/Political Science) from Western University in 2003 and studied at the University of Windsor, earning both a Master of Arts degree (History) in 2006 and a Bachelor of Education degree in 2009.
Prior to being elected to Windsor City Council in 2014, Fred worked in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. He has extensive management experience having been the Director of Business Development for the region’s largest automotive retailer group and currently serving as the Executive Director of the Multicultural Council of Windsor and Essex County.
Fred and his wife Carolyn reside in Ward 1 in the City of Windsor. He is a three-term City Councillor, re-elected in 2018 and 2022 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 job creation in the region; holding the line on property taxes; continuing to decrease the City’s debt, increasing its financial reserves; and investing in our roads, sewers and parks 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:
Development & Heritage Standing Committee
Court of Revision Committee
Essex Windsor Solid Waste Authority
Huron Lodge Board of Management
Roseland Golf Club Board of Directors
Windsor Accessibility Advisory Committee
Windsor-Essex County Health Unit