About Francois

“A Strong Voice For Innes”

Innes Ward is one of the greatest communities in the City of Ottawa, rich in people, culture, and scenic beauty. Surrounded by the lush greenbelt, family friendly parks and outstanding recreation spaces, the neighbourhoods of Innes Ward are the ideal places to live, work and play.

As a resident of the Ward, my family and I enjoy a true sense of community within our neighbourhood, the opportunity for our children to grow in a multilingual environment and the various activities that the greenbelt has to offer.

As a member of the Canadian Armed Forces, I served Canada for 28 years and I retired in 2015. Since then, I have operated a successful training consulting business with clients located in the City of Ottawa.

Together, we can continue to make our ward a great place for our families, ensure the protection of our environment and encourage a vibrant and growing local economy.

As your city council candidate, I want to be your STRONG VOICE FOR INNES.

An active community member, I bring the following to Innes Ward:


  • Undergraduate degree in Political Studies
  • Master’s of Public Administration (Management)
  • Master’s of Education

Service to our Community

  • Rotary Club of Orléans member (since Feb of 2017)
  • Vintage Stock Theater – Member, Board of Director (since Winter of 2017)
  • 51 CASM Air Cadet Squadron – Squadron Sponsoring Committee
  • Member of Blackburn Community Association (Since 2012):
    • Co-chair Annual Funfair Parade for 2017 and 2018 editions
    • Blackburn Hamlet Membership Director (2015 – 2017)
  • School Councils (2006 to 2017):
    • 7 years as President, 2 years as Vice-President, five different schools in Borden, ON, Cold Lake, AB and Ottawa, (École Le Prelude and École Louis Riel)
  • School board Trustee – Conseil scolaire Centre-Est, Alberta (2010 – 2012)
  • Museum Volunteer, Cold Lake Air Force Museum, Cold Lake, AB ( 2010 – 2012)
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Leadership Skills

I am a forward thinking, bilingual leader with extensive expertise in personnel and financial management. I have a demonstrated track record in:

  • Program Management and Evaluation
  • Educational Program Development
  • Inter-Organizational Teamwork
  • Governance / Organizational Leadership
  • Analysis-Change Management
  • Contractual oversight

Experience and Background

Francois grew-up in Longueuil, QC and enrolled in the Canadian Forces in April 1987. After 12 years with the Royal Canadian Navy, he was selected for University Training Program and completed an undergraduate degree in Political Science at Mount Saint-Vincent University, Halifax, NS. Since this time, Francois has served as a Naval Intelligence Officer and a Training Development Officer. After 28 years of service to his country, Francois retired from the Canadian Forces in 2015. Since then, Francois has operated a successful learning development consulting business in Ottawa.

Francois is married to Laurie and has two beautiful children, Victoria and Justin. In 2012, the Trépanier family was transferred to the National Capital Region, the area they have chosen as their final home. The Innes Ward was the ideal location, offering outstanding outdoor activities surrounded by beautiful communities.

Endorsement by Drew Robertson, Vice Admiral (Retired), Royal Canadian Navy

“François was my intelligence advisor for a seven-month operation at sea in the Middle East when I first met him. He worked tirelessly to help keep the 10 foreign and Canadian ships safe and their operations effective. Years later, he’s still engaged in public service.

Not only does he have the civic experience and work ethic one wants of an effective councillor, he brings the judgement needed to deal with the challenges of the coming decade, not just for our ward, but the city as well. Most importantly, it is his readiness to contribute to a strong and collaborative council focused on strategic issues that makes François my choice for City Councillor.”

– Drew Robertson, Vice Admiral (Retired), Royal Canadian Navy

Drew Robertson – Wikipedia

Robertson joined the Canadian Forces in 1973. He became commander of the destroyer HMCS Annapolis in 1995 and of the destroyer HMCS Athabaskan in 1999 before commanding the First Canadian Task Group during the Operation Apollo anti-terrorism deployment in 2001.

Endorsement by Phil McNeely

” I am pleased to say that Francois and I have worked together on the Orléans Rotary Club on food drives, tree planting, youth awards and many other projects. Francois is hard working, innovative, visionary and has the right experience to be an excellent Councillor. ”

– Phil McNeely, former Ottawa City councillor, Cumberland Ward

Phil McNeely – Wikipedia

In 2000, McNeely was elected as a municipal councillor for the Cumberland Ward of the amalgamated City of Ottawa, defeating incumbent Robert van den Ham. In 2002, he played a key role in the successful Hay West project, in which hay from eastern Canada was shipped to the drought-stricken west.

Endorsement by Theresa Whitmore

“I have worked with François on a multitude of community initiatives and have been extremely impressed with his work and passion for the Air Cadet Corps and the annual parade in Blackburn. Francois is a Francophone, a hard working committed community member, a veteran with 28 years of service to our country, extremely well educated with 3 university degrees, well spoken and not afraid to speak up and challenge the status quo. This is the person who needs to represent our ward the only choice for our community. On 22 October, VOTE François Trépanier!”

– Theresa Whitmore, Past President of Rotary Club of Orléans, Candidate in Innes Ward in 2014 Municipal Elections

Teresa Whitmore – Real Estate Agent – Re/Max Core Realty Ltd | LinkedIn

Ambassador and Member of the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, past Business Advisory Committee Chair for the City of Ottawa, past President of the Canadian Committee for UNIFEM, past City Councillor for Belleville, past President or the Rotary Club of Orleans, and more…

Endorsement by Roland Stieda

“I’ve known Francois Trepanier for close to five years – first as a political rival, and then very quickly there after, as a friend. I was the first individual in Ottawa to register as a council candidate in 2014 in Innes Ward. A few weeks later Francois registered and I knew that I had a fierce competitor to deal with. Over the the coming months I met Francois at many community events, and although we were rivals we were able to develop a friendship. We got to know one another quite well, and my opinion of him only rose as the campaign went on. When I had to suspend my campaign based on my doctors advice in August of 2014, Francois first concern was about my well being, and not about anything political. I think that this speaks volumes about his character as an individual. I could not continue campaigning, and his first thoughts were about me and my family. Thank you, Francois!

I have observed Francois at many events in Innes Ward, and he has always struck me as a man of incredible empathy, intelligence, and an ability to look beyond differences. I have watched him engage with community members and he has always observed and thoughtfully reflected, prior to stating where he stands on an issue. I know that Francois vast experience, his willingness to listen to others, his language abilities, his education, as well as the fact that he is not a city hall insider, make him the obvious candidate to choose in this 2018 election in Innes Ward. Good luck Francois. Innes Ward will be blessed to have you as its Councilor!”

– Roland Stieda, Candidate Innes Ward, 2014 Municipal Election

Roland Stieda – Quality Assurance Analyst – Imation Mobile Security | LinkedIn

Candidate Innes Ward, 2014 Municipal Election, active volunteer with numerous community associations, Orleans Kiwanis, social service organizations, and support of local hockey and soccer associations.