An agronomist by training, Francis Allard earned a college diploma in agro-mechanical engineering technology from Institut de technologie agroalimentaire de Saint-Hyacinthe in 2005. He subsequently obtained a both bachelor's degree in agronomy in 2014 and a master's degree in plant biology in 2017 from Université Laval.
Francis understands the needs of farmers and the challenges they face. A keen interest in field crops led him to pursue a project on winter wheat for his master’s studies. He has developed the skills needed to conduct various projects, trials, and follow-up studies in the field, and to convey his knowledge to a broader audience at conferences and seminars. He also works directly with farmers to transfer technology. Before joining IRDA Francis worked as an agronomist at a corn seed company, where he organized numerous training sessions for farmers, performed field diagnoses, and developed corn and soybean cultivar hybrids adapted to Québec’s climate.