Kelsey McLaren

Senior Director, Regulatory & Copyright


Kelsey oversees the CMPA’s regulatory files—in other words, she represents the interests of Canada’s independent producers with the CRTC, the administrative body that regulates and supervises Canadian broadcasting and telecommunications.

On behalf of the CMPA, Kelsey prepares interventions and submissions for CRTC proceedings; appears at CRTC hearings; monitors existing and proposed legislation, regulations, and government policies related to the independent production sector; and advocates for independent producers in relation to broadcasting and telecommunications policies.

Prior to joining the CMPA, Kelsey worked for a large Canadian communications company, where she advised on regulatory issues for the company’s television and radio stations and managed CRTC broadcasting applications and interventions. Kelsey began her legal career with a private firm in Halifax, where she gained experience in a number of practice areas, including labour, administrative, criminal, municipal, and entertainment law. Before embarking on her legal career, Kelsey worked in the book publishing industry as an editor and publisher. Kelsey was a participant in the 2016/17 Women in Communications and Technology’s Jeanne Sauvé Career Development Program. She is a member of the Law Society of Ontario, Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, Women in Communications and Technology, Women in Film & Television – Toronto, Canadian Bar Association, and OBA Entertainment, Media, and Communications Law Section.

She obtained her law degree from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University, and received an honours BA degree in English literature with a creative writing thesis from McGill University. She was called to the bar of Nova Scotia in 2012 and Ontario in 2014.

Kelsey loves Canadian TV shows like Workin’ Moms, Baroness von Sketch Show, and every generation of Degrassi. Her all-time favourite movie is New Waterford Girl.