Director Profile

Debra J. Finlay LLB

Partner, Business Law Group McCarthy Tetrault LLP

Board Value Proposition: 

Senior Partner in a national law firm with over 20 years of experience in advising domestic and international companies on a broad range of business matters including: mergers and acquisitions, complex commercial transactions, incorporations and reorganizations, and restructurings. 

Corporate Governance Practice

  • Significant experience with alignment of business objectives, strategic management, board communications, and reporting.

Risk Analysis and Management

  • Strategic assessment of corporate risks (legal, operational, environmental, financial, industry, and reputational).
  • Consideration of corporate risk tolerance in connection with business transactions.

Business Transactions

  • Experienced in all manner of corporate transactions (structuring, tax considerations, incorporations, reorganizations).
  • Experienced in negotiating and documenting complex commercial transactions in a broad range of industries (business process outsourcing, manufacturing contracts, supply contracts, distribution contracts, IP licensing contracts, impact benefits contracts).

Industry Experience: 

  • Commercial & Professional Services

International Experience: 

  • South Africa
  • Israel
  • Hong Kong
  • Taiwan
  • Europe
  • United States

Board Experience:

Additional Boards:

Vancouver Symphony Society (VSO) 2013 to Present
Governance and Nominating Committee
University of Calgary 2011 to Present
Campaign Cabinet Committee
Hong Kong Canada Business Association Advisory Board 2008 to Present
Vancouver Hospice Society 2007 to 2013


McCarthy Tetrault LLP 2014 to Present
Partner, Business Law Group
Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP 2008 to 2014
Partner, Corporate Commercial
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP 1996 to 2008
Associate and Partner, Corporate Commercial
Liang & Associates, Attorneys-at-Law 1995 to 1996
Foreign Legal Consultant—Securities Group
Salloum Doak, Barristers & Solicitors 1993 to 1994
Associate, General Litigation
Bennett Jones 1992 to 1993
Articled Student
State of Israel, Ministry of Justice 1992
Legal Intern
Lawyers for Human Rights, National Directorate, Pretoria, South Africa 1991
Legal Intern


British Columbia Bar, 1994
Alberta Bar, 1993
LLB, University of Calgary, 1992
Faculty of Management, University of Calgary, 1989
BA (Economics), University of Calgary, 1988