Martha Hall Findlay, BA, LLB, ICD.D

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  • Chief Legal Officer, EnStream LP (the Rogers, Bell and TELUS joint venture for mobile payments)
  • Executive Fellow, School of Public Policy, University of Calgary
  • Chair, Advisory Council for Positive Energy
  • Chair, Advisory Council, Partnership for Resource Trade

Martha has over 25 years of business, legal and corporate governance experience (domestic as well as international) with major multi-national corporations as well as start-ups, primarily in telecommunications and technology, as a senior executive, lawyer, management consultant and entrepreneur.

POLITICS

Martha has also spent 10 years in politics, including being elected twice as a Member of Parliament. During her tenure, Martha:

  • Served as Official Opposition Critic for International Trade; Associate Finance; Transport, Infrastructure and Communities; and Public Works and Government Services; and
  • Was a member of the House of Commons Standing Committees for Finance; International Trade; Transport; and Government Operations.

Martha was a Candidate for the Leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada in 2006 and 2013.

BUSINESS AND LAW

Prior to election as an MP in 2008, Martha was:

  • Counsel to the national firm of Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP
  • Founder and Principal of The General Counsel Group, management and legal consultants since 1997 (serving clients primarily in telecom and high tech)
  • General Manager of Mobility Canada (shareholders Bell Mobility, TELUS Mobility, SaskTel Mobility, MTS Mobility and the Aliant Mobility companies)
  • Chief Legal and Regulatory Advisor to Český Mobil a.s. (a major cellular company in the Czech Republic)
  • Vice President, Corporate Development and General Counsel for The Rider Group
  • General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Mobility Canada
  • Corporate Counsel for Bell Mobility
  • Lawyer with the international law firm of Baker & McKenzie (in Toronto), practising international corporate and commercial law
  • Co-owner and operator of two retail stores (while completing law school)

POLICY

As an Executive Fellow at the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary, Martha’s policy work focuses on Canadian economic, social and environmental prosperity in a global environment.

She has written and spoken extensively on a wide variety of policy issues including international trade, foreign investment, energy and the environment, supply management, Responsibility to Protect (R2P), child care and early learning, retirement security, affordable housing and senate reform.

Martha believes that, to achieve Canada’s full economic and social potential, Canadian governments at all levels must enact policies that are based, not on ideology, party or partisanship, but on objective economic and scientific evidence.

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

Martha has worked for many years in corporate governance, writing and teaching, as well as serving, now or in the past, as a board director and executive for several policy, environmental, community and cultural organizations:

Martha is an environmentalist who believes that our economic prosperity and environmental sustainability, instead of being mutually exclusive, are two co-dependent parts of a more prosperous and sustainable whole. She is a Georgian Bay Land Trust Steward, has worked for many years on Great Lakes water issues, and has been a proud user of solar power for over 15 years.

 EDUCATION

PERSONAL

Martha is 56, with three grown children, Katie, 34, Everett, 32, and Patrick, 30.

Martha speaks both English and French fluently, with some training in Russian, Italian, German, Spanish and Czech.

Martha accelerated three grades, finishing high school at 15. At the same time, she skied competitively, and at 17 was overall silver medalist in the Canadian Championships in 1976. She was named to the Canadian National Training Squad before retiring to pursue her formal education. She supported herself through university working as a waitress, in construction (primarily as a carpenter), and coaching young ski racers, several of whom went on to become Canadian Olympians.

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