Franco is an economist by formal training and has dedicated his 30 year career to business and economic/community development. Franco holds an Honours Degree in Economic and Commerce from the University Messina, a M.A. Economics from Lakehead University and a Certificate in Economic Development from the University of Waterloo. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Consulting within the Chartered Management Institute (FIC) and he also possesses a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) designation as well as a Professional Aboriginal Economic Developers (PAED) designation.
In his role as an Economic Development Consultant he has been heavily involved with many strategic plans, mining socioeconomic and gap analysis projects, and long-term planning exercises; foreign and domestic investment attraction strategies; investment readiness assignments; business retention and expansion assignments; competitive positioning strategies; project development and community planning.
Franco is recognized in the economic development industry as an individual with an exceptional commitment to deliver results and exceeding expectations.