Erin Finlay

Chief Legal Officer


Erin provides legal advice and strategic direction for CMPA members on a variety of matters, including CRTC regulatory proceedings, Terms of Trade, Canada Media Fund policies and guidelines, intellectual property and the changing role of copyright in our ever-shifting media landscape. She advocates for independent media producers so that world-class content continues to thrive in Canada and around the world.

Erin is a member of the board of directors of the Canadian Retransmission Collective, the Producers Audiovisual Collective and ISAN Canada. Erin volunteers as a member of the board of directors (and is an alumni chorister) with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, and is an aspiring drummer and ukulelist.

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 to the organization on behalf of 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 and cultural policy.

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

Having spent much of her formative years at small-town curling rinks, Erin’s favourite Canadian movie remains the timeless Men With Brooms. (And every iteration of Degrassi is pretty awesome too.)