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Francis Bradley is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA). CEA is the National Voice of Electricity and serves its electricity industry members through the work of expert professionals led by Francis and directed by a Board of Directors made up of member CEOs. Francis is the co-chair of the National Cross-Sector Forum, overseeing Canada’s Action Plan for Critical Infrastructure. He also sits on the Steering Committee for the Electricity SubSector Coordinating Council and sits on the Board for the Energy Council of Canada. At the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s Member Representatives Committee and Board of Trustees’ meetings, Francis represents CEA and advocates strongly for its members in their activities related to the Electric Reliability Organization Enterprise, and its role in ensuring the reliability and security of the North American bulk power system. He was recently named to the Positive Energy Advisory Council. Under the auspices of the University of Ottawa, the Council undertakes research to determine how various energy interests can seek and obtain broad social support for energy policies, regulation and individual energy projects and technologies.
Prior to being named CEO in June 2019, Francis managed CEA’s day-to-day activities as Chief Operating Officer since 2014. During that time, he also acted as a member of the National Advisory Committee of Canada’s Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, was a co-chair with the Standards Council of Canada of the Smart Grid Standards Advisory Committee.
Francis led the association’s Y2K initiative, and since 2000 has been responsible for CEA’s Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) activities. A frequent speaker on public opinion towards electric utilities and restructuring of the electricity industry, he was a co-author for 5 years of the annual North American Electric Industry Outlook published jointly by the Washington International Energy Group and CEA.
Francis joined CEA’s public affairs group in 1986. As Manager of Public Affairs, he was responsible for media relations, communications, and issues management. Bradley worked in a variety of positions at CEA until being named Vice-President in 1995.
Prior to joining CEA, Francis was a consultant on public affairs, media relations and public opinion research, and worked in the banking and oil sectors in Canada. He holds an Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Concordia University, and served for two decades as a member of the External Board of Advisors of the Concordia’s School of Community and Public Affairs.