Francis is a Chartered Arbitrator (C.Arb.) and acts as independent or sole chairman on arbitrations involving labour and employment problems, commercial and business disputes, construction, health law, products liability and various other fields. He is also a mediator, assisting parties in resolving disputes involving commercial transactions, labour and employment problems, construction disputes, community relationships, sports disputes and various other fields.
Francis carries on a general litigation practice that includes mortgage foreclosures, primarily on behalf of lenders, actions on collateral and other bank loan security, expropriation, and oil and gas surface rights. He has appeared in all levels of the courts of Alberta, the Federal Court and the Supreme Court of Canada.
Francis has published articles and case comments in the Alberta and Melbourne Law Reviews and in the Alberta Law Reports relating to foreclosure law, actions on agreements for sale, valuation of security interests, expropriation, and oil and gas surface rights and adoption. He is the author of “Pipelines in Western Canada”. In 1985 he co-authored, with his wife Mme. Justice Marguerite Trussler, a textbook entitled “Mortgage Actions in Alberta”, dealing with foreclosure and related contract remedies in Alberta and elsewhere in Canada. In 1996 he authored a “Practice Guide to Conducting a Foreclosure Action”, published by Carswell. In 2003, to honour the retirement of Master in Chambers Michael Funduk, Francis compiled a book of humorous quotes of Master Funduk from among his 3519 written decisions. The proceeds from sale of copies continue to go to the Edmonton Food Bank.
•Legal Education Society of Alberta
•University of Calgary (Lancaster House) Labour Arbitration Conference
•Centre for Labour - Management Development
•University of Alberta
•Center for International Legal Studies, Austria
•Centro Juridico para el Comercio Interamericano, Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Mexico
•Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Campus Estado de Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico.
•Universidad Catolica Argentina, Buenos Aires, Argentina
•Department of Advanced Education, Alberta
•Alberta Bar Admission Course - Course Developer, former Lecturer and Course Head in Foreclosures
•Canadian Bar Association, Creditor & Debtor Law Section, Case Commentator (1979 - present)
•Numerous Financial Institutions
Awards & Achievements
•Alberta Law Society’s Award for Distinguished Service to the Community (2011)
•University of Alberta, Distinguished Alumni Award (2011)
•Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012)
•Canadian Petroleum Law Foundation Fellowship (1974)
•Edmonton’s Food Bank: fundraising through the Fundukia project, 2003 to present
•“Salute to Vienna” New Year’s Day Concert: Master of Ceremonies, 1997 to present
•Edmonton Opera Chorus: Member, 1988 to present
•Toastmasters International: Member (ATM, CL), 1988 to present
•Johann Strauss Foundation: Member and Director, 1978 to present
•Players de Novo, Lawyers’ Annual Play: fundraising for Edmonton theatre community
•Edmonton Opera Association: Director 2002 - 2009, 2012 - present
•Edmonton Opera Association: Board Chair 2006 - 2008
Publications & Articles
•Francis has written numerous articles and case comments in Alberta and Melbourne University Law Reviews and in the Alberta Law Reports, relating to foreclosure law, actions on agreements for sale, expropriation, oil and gas surface rights and adoption.
•Frequent seminar and conference papers relating to labour and commercial arbitration and mediation, foreclosure law, expropriation, oil and gas surface rights and actions on agreements for sale
•Written awards in the labour arbitration area found in the Alberta Grievance Arbitration Awards and some are published in the Labour Arbitration Cases (Carswell)
•“Fundukia - The Whimsical Wit and Whimsy of Master Michael Funduk” (2003)
•Co-authored “Mortgage Actions in Alberta” (1985) with his wife, Marguerite Trussler
•“Practice Guide to Conducting a Foreclosure Action” (1996)
•Author of “Pipelines in Western Canada” (1974)
Hobbies & Interests
•Opera - sings (bass) in opera chorus
•Theatre - on stage and organizes
•Toastmasters International ( ACS , CL)
Associations & Memberships
•Law Society of Alberta
•Alberta Arbitration and Mediation Society, Member
•Canadian Bar Association
•Law Society of Northwest Territory
•ADR Institute of Canada Inc., Member (C.Arb.)
•Canadian Industrial Relations Association, Member
•The Center for International Legal Studies, Austria - Charter Member, Congress of Fellows
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