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Francis P. McGuire

Senior Strategic Counsel NB

"From running large enterprises, advising & investing in private business, and being a passionate community leader, very few people possess the breath of knowledge and experience of Francis McGuire.  A role model to many, his insights, mixed with passion and honesty, empower you to achieve more."   - Roddy Awad, VP professional services, TSi AutoSolutions

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Languages: English, French


When you say Francis P. McGuire, for those who know him, the name resonates strength, perseverance, refined strategies and global vision. Francis’ contributions to Atlantic Canada span both the public as well as the private sector.

As Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Tourism and Co-Chair of the Self-sufficiency Task Force, Francis has helped the Province strengthen its economic upturn as well as permeate his global vision to one of the smallest provinces in Canada.

His “Think Big” perception inspired not only entrepreneurs but pretty much every one that has the chance to get in his surroundings. His talent and focus have propelled Major Drilling Group International from near bankruptcy in 2000 to become one of the world’s largest metals and minerals contract drilling services companies with sales topping $800 million.

Based out of Moncton, New Brunswick, McGuire has taken on the world by expanding Major Drilling operations throughout North and South America as well as Asia and Africa.

Now retired as Major Drilling’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Francis P. McGuire continues to share his experience and skills as Executive Chair of the Wallace McCain Institute for Business Leadership. He is committed to his community and to the development of the Greater Atlantic Area.  As Chair Emeritus of the NB Business Council, he is taking a leading role in the policy debates in sectors such as energy and economic growth.  

McGuire’s success helped earn him Ernst & Young’s 2013 Atlantic Entrepreneur Of The Year Award, an induction into the Atlantic Business Magazine’s prestigious Top 50 CEO Hall of Fame (five-time Top 50 CEO award winner) and an induction into the NB Business Hall of Fame in 2012.

McGuire brings passion, creativity and a wealth of experience to the NuFocus Strategic Group as Senior Strategic Counsel. He can assist in mentoring individuals and organizations, from  startups to well-seasoned companies and provide strategic direction to those in transition or those eager to expand.  

Francis holds an M.A. in International Studies, Trade and Economics from Johns Hopkins University, a Diploma in European Politics from the Institut d’Études politiques in Paris and a B.A. from Dalhousie University.

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