Kathleen Finlay

Along-time advocate of the right of women to be free from harassment and discrimination in the workplace, Kathleen founded The Zer0Now Campaign™ to combat sexual misconduct and help its victims rebuild their careers.  The Campaign was created out of her life-altering encounter with sexual assault and sexual harassment in the workplace and their harmful aftermath.  

The Zer0Now Campaign™ is the only advocacy organization of its kind to champion changes in law and corporate practices, provide outreach counselling to victims in Canada, the United States and abroad, and support survivors on their healing path to recovery.   

Kathleen has been called on by prominent public policy leaders to advise on legislation and initiatives to advance women’s equality and protection in the workplace.  Her work has been cited in debates in the House of Commons and on the floor of the Ontario Legislative Assembly. She has been called on to advise legislators and lawmakers in combating the adverse effects of sexual misconduct.  

Her ground-breaking recommendation  calling for a Sunshine law for disclosure by governments of sexual misconduct statistics, first raised in her HuffPost columns and in The Zer0Now Campaign’s™ Call for Action, was adopted in an amendment to the federal government’s proposed anti-harassment legislation (Bill C-65) in 2018. The government of Manitoba also adopted the proposal as part of its five-point plan to combat sexual misconduct. 

Known for her signature skills in strategic communication and policy innovation, Kathleen held senior positions in intergovernmental affairs, finance and the regulation of Canada’s capital markets.  She advised cabinet ministers and top government officials on the review and development of major policy initiatives and legislation, including the creation of the flagship legislation that saw the Ontario Securities Commission transitioned to a self-funding body. She subsequently joined the OSC’s executive management team, where she also held responsibility for the coordination of national securities regulation.  

A much-quoted expert in patient safety from the patient and family perspective, Kathleen is CEO of The Center for Patient Protection, an internationally recognized healthcare advocacy empowering patients and families to achieve safer care in the hospital setting and providing support for the emotional harm of medical errors.

Kathleen’s authentic and passionate voice have made her a sought‐after commentator in the media. Since 2012, she has been a regular con­trib­u­tor to The Huff­in­g­ton Post. She has written op‐ed pieces for The Hill Times, Now Magazine, The Times Colonist and has appeared on CTV National News and the Global Radio Network, as well as other national broadcasters.