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Diane Francis

Diane Francis

Journalist, Author and Editor-At Large

National Post

Diane Francis writes extensively about Canada, the United States, Canada-US relations, Silicon Valley, technology, geopolitics, the Ukraine-Russia conflict, Putin, energy, business, and white collar crime. She is author of ten books, written thousands of articles over the course of her 50-year career, and covered major news events globally. She now writes weekly for Financial Post in Canada and publishes a twice-weekly newsletter at https://dianefrancis.substack.com/ which has thousands of subscribers around the world. She is always provocative and covers the news, personalities, trends, and financial backstories that affect geopolitics, companies, individuals, governments and societies. She has more than 240,000 followers around the world.

She is Editor-at-Large at Canada’s National Post and a columnist for American Interest, Atlantic Council’s Ukraine Alert, thehill.com, and Kyiv Post. Francis is Faculty at Singularity University in Mountain View, California, a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson University in Toronto, a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC, and sits on the boards of the Hudson Institute’s Kleptocracy Initiative in DC and the Canada-US Law Institute in Cleveland. She is a member of Abundance360, created by Silicon Valley influencer and space pioneer Peter Diamandis.

In 1991, Francis became Editor of Canada’s Financial Post, the first woman editor of a national daily newspaper in Canada, a position she held until the paper was sold in 1998. She is the author of ten books, including Merger of the Century: Why Canada and America Should Become One Country (2013, featured in a cover story in Foreign Policy), Who Owns Canada Now?: Old Money, New Money and the Future of Canadian Business (2008), and Immigration: The Economic Case (2002).

She was a director of two public companies, Aurizon Mines and Lake Shore Gold, until both were sold and is now involved with companies in software development and medical devices. She divides her time between Toronto and New York City.

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