About CMPA

Erin Finlay

Chief Legal Officer
Office: Toronto

Erin FinlayErin provides legal advice and strategic direction for the CMPA and our members on a wide range of matters, including Terms of Trade, Canada Media Fund policies and guidelines, and the changing role of copyright in our ever-shifting media landscape.   She also advocates on behalf of our members to help ensure that Canada’s independent media producers are supported and promoted so that world-class content continues to thrive in Canada and around the world.  

Erin volunteers as a member of the Board of Directors and alumni chorister with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, where she can occasionally be found performing Handel’s Messiah and other great choral works with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Prior to joining the CMPA, Erin was General Counsel and Director of Legal and Government Relations at Access Copyright, where she provided legal, risk management, policy and strategic advice, directed the prosecution of complex copyright enforcement litigation, tariff-setting proceedings before The Copyright Board of Canada, related judicial review applications to the Federal Court of Appeal and appeals to the Supreme Court of Canada on behalf of the organization and its author and publisher members.  Prior to her time at Access Copyright, Erin was an intellectual property and advocacy lawyer at Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP.   Her expertise spans a wide scope of entertainment and copyright law, not-for-profit corporate governance and cultural policy. 

Erin is a graduate of Queen’s Law, holds a Masters of Law with a specialization in intellectual property law from Osgoode Hall Law School and an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Contact Erin (Direct 647-789-2492 / 1-800-267-8208 ext. 233)
if you want to know more about:
  • Business Affairs
  • Copyright
  • Industrial Relations