Dr. June Francis
June is the Director of the Institute for Diaspora Research and Engagement at Simon Fraser University, Canada, where she is an Associate Professor in the Beedie School of Business. She is the Co-Founder of the Co-Laboratorio Project, which works to strengthen collaboration, learning and innovation — for more diverse and inclusive resilient solutions in governance, policies and industry practice. As Co-Chair of The Hogan’s Alley Society’s Board of Director she leads an organization whose mission is to advance the social, political, economic and cultural well-being of people of African Descent through the delivery of housing, built spaces and programming. She is an advocate for equity, diversity and inclusion for racialized groups as well as the advancement of non-traditional intellectual property law related to community well-being and cultural and human rights through her research, consulting, the media and as a volunteer. Originally from Jamaica, June earned her BSc (first class Honours from the University of the
West Indies) and later moved to Canada where she earned her MBA (Schulich School of Business). June completed her PhD in the United States (University of Washington) later earning a LLB from the UK (BPP School of Law). She and her husband have also written a series of guidebooks about World EXPOs & national parks in the USA and produced a major multi-cultural event in Vancouver. June adores travel, basketball and Reggae music. A former player with the Jamaican netball national squad, June has coached the BC netball team to the Canadian national tournament. She has three children and two adorable grandchildren.