Franca is a highly qualified lawyer, mediator and advisor with an excellent business background and acumen, and a solid track record operating at top levels in large global firms and multinational organizations. She has held prestigious board, committee and other leadership positions in business, social, government and private institutions. Able to easily navigate between sophisticated and developing economic ecosystems worldwide, she is a personable, passionate, and effective individual who is driven by values, contribution, innovation, entrepreneurship and a sense of duty.
Franca has a degree in business from McGill University, and law degrees from New York University, National University of Singapore and Universite d’Ottawa. She practised law for over 30 years in the areas of international business, corporate compliance, M & A, contracts, and dispute resolution. She has acted in various leadership roles for businesses, non-profit organisations, multi-stakeholder projects, and as a development advisor to governments. In her role as Tyco International Ltd.’s (a Fortune 500 US company) General Counsel for Asia, she had responsibility for 257 entities in Asia, and oversaw compliance of boards as well as Sarbanes Oxley requirements. As Founder & Managing Director for Consilium Law Corporation, she placed great emphasis on organic growth, leadership and professional ethics.
Her past experience on boards of MNC’s, SME’s & start-ups has been in the areas of infrastructure development, health care, manufacturing, fintech and cryptocurrency platforms, software and technology in Canada, Asia & Africa. In West Africa, she is currently on boards of distribution & retail, fintech and project development entities.
Franca recently founded Riau (Canada) Inc, a social impact fair trade company which manufactures superior eco-friendly scented candles, while employing people reintegrating into the workplace after homelessness and other personal challenges.
Franca was recently awarded the Sovereign Medal by Canada’s Governor General, and has in the past been the recipient of many other awards and prizes for her professional excellence and personal contributions to society.
Franca is married to Mr. Chizoba Nnamchi and they have three adult sons.