Althea Francis is Senior Counsel with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC) where she has practiced criminal law since her call to the bar in 2001. She received her Bachelors of Arts degree in English and her Law degree from the University of Calgary. She is currently assigned to the Anti-Organized Crime Team at PPSC in Toronto where as senior counsel she prosecutes large scale drug investigations involving complex issues surrounding wiretap and criminal organizations. She acts as mentor to a number of junior counsel and provides ongoing advice to investigative agencies.
During her career with the PPPSC she has assumed management duties in her capacity as Deputy Team Leader of the PPSC (OCH) team. As Team leader she supervised other prosecutors and met with police and Management on matters of policy. As a direct result of these efforts the OCH team was awarded the Department’s Team Achievement Award for Leadership (2007).
She has appeared at all levels of trial court. In 2012, she received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee? Award recognizing her efforts and contributions to Canadian citizenship and public service.