Kerry-Lynne Findlay MP, P.C., K.C.
The Hon. Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay currently serves in the Parliament of Canada as the Member of Parliament for the riding of South Surrey—White Rock in British Columbia. Shortly after election in October 2019, Kerry-Lynne was appointed as Shadow Minister for the Environment and Climate Change for the Official Opposition, serving in that capacity through to October 2020.
In October 2020, Kerry-Lynne was named to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. As a lawyer and former administrative law judge on the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, she is very familiar with justice issues.
She was honoured by being named Chief Opposition Whip in September of 2022 under the Conservative Party's recently elected leader, the Hon. Pierre Poilievre. She is the first woman to ever hold this Parliamentary Officer position for the Conservative Party. She also sits as the B.C. Representative on Pierre’s Leadership team, on the Board of Internal Economy (Parliament’s Board of Directors) on the Planning & Priorities Committee & on the House Leader’s Committee.
Previously, Kerry-Lynne was elected in 2011 as the Member of Parliament for Delta-Richmond East, a neighbouring riding. She was appointed by the Prime Minister as Minister of National Revenue (2013-2015), and previously as Associate Minister of National Defence (2013), and Parliamentary Secretary to Justice (2011-2013). She also served as a member of several high-profile Cabinet committees including Treasury Board, Economic Prosperity, the National Shipbuilding Procurement Ministerial Committee, and the Supreme Court of Canada Judicial Selection Committee.
Among other achievements, Kerry-Lynne was named the Golden Scissors Award recipient in 2015 by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) for leadership in cutting red tape for small business. She has also been recognized with a Paul Harris Fellowship form Rotary International, the Alpha Gamma Delta International Distinguished Citizen Award, The Canadian Bar Association national Cecilia I. Johnstone Award, the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for Management, Professions and Trades, having been previously nominated for Community Service, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for Service to Canada, and was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1999 for superior knowledge of the law demonstrating the highest ethical standards.
Kerry-Lynne grew up primarily on Vancouver Island, graduating as a boarder at Crofton House School in Vancouver, and started UBC at age 16. During her 7 years of study at UBC in History, Political Science, and Law, she also served as President of her AGD Sorority Chapter and chaired Law School committees. Kerry-Lynne then established a successful law practice in downtown Vancouver in civil litigation, family law, employment law, aboriginal land issues, and mediation, appearing in all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada. As a life-long learner, Kerry-Lynne has also completed advanced courses at Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts and Rotman’s School of Management, University of Toronto.
She established her own law firm, KFindlay Law Group, in 2019.
Kerry-Lynne has always given back to the community in a variety of capacities. She is currently a BC India Business Network Advisory Board member, and also serves as Treasurer of BC & Alberta Guide Dogs, providing service dogs to the blind, and support dogs to children with autism and veterans with PTSD. She is a Dame of the Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaler supporting the sick and poor and championing hospice care. She is an active member of Rotary International, (2018-19 Club President), South Surrey White Rock Chamber of Commerce, Surrey Board of Trade, and the Canadian Bar Association.
She is a Past President of the Little House Society, a house of support and healing for those touched by substance use disorder. In the past, she has served as a BC appointee on the Delta Police Board, providing civilian governance, accountability, and oversight to the Delta Police Department, and as the elected President of the 10,000 member BC Branch of the Canadian Bar Association.
Kerry-Lynne lives in South Surrey with her husband, Brent Chapman, a locally based actor and director, who has appeared in thousands of radio commercials, and hundreds of TV commercials, as well as animated and feature films. They are the parents of four children, and grandparents of three small boys and one girl. All four of Kerry-Lynne and Brent’s children are UBC graduates and have achieved or are pursuing post-graduate studies.