Franca Palazzo brings over 20 years of expertise in delivering tailored business development and program development strategies that propel organizations to success. She is an articulate speaker and savvy strategist, leveraging in-depth understanding of communication with mixed audiences to effectively translate ideas into results across domestic and international markets. She excels at building client, stakeholder and high profile industry relationships.

Before becoming Executive Director of the ISCC, Franca was a Board Director and volunteered on the Program Development Committee. Other roles included Partnership and Engagement Lead for the Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management where she identified funders and partners for the programs and events put on by CAPAM. Prior to that she worked as Program Manager, Research, for the Institute on Governance where she identified and managed activities that supported the Institute’s research programmes. Before moving to Ottawa she was Vice president, Business Relations for an arbitration centre in Toronto. She has also worked as a consultant to the legal and medical industries, building relationships between professionals, associations and educators.

Franca holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from McMaster University. She sits on the board of Women in Communications and Technology and is Director of Sponsorship.