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.
She currently practices in these same areas, serving clients primarily from Surrey, Delta, Richmond, and Vancouver with her own firm, KFindlay Law Group, on 152nd St at 17th Avenue across from Semiahmoo Mall.
She was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1999 after having served as the elected President of the 10,000 member BC Branch of the Canadian Bar Association.
Kerry-Lynne is a BC India Business Network Advisory Board member, and past president of the Little House Society, a house of support and healing for those touched by substance use disorder. She also serves as treasurer of BC & Alberta Guide Dogs, providing service dogs to the blind, and support dogs to kids with autism and veterans with PTSD.
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.
In the past, Kerry-Lynne has served as a BC Government appointed member on the Delta Police Board, providing civilian governance, accountability, and oversight to the Delta Police Department.
In 2011, Kerry-Lynne was elected as the Member of Parliament for Delta Richmond East, a riding that no longer exists. She was appointed by the Prime Minister as Minister of National Revenue, and previously as Associate Minister of National Defence, and Parliamentary Secretary to Justice. She also served as a member of several high profile Cabinet committees including Treasury Board. Among other achievements, she was awarded the Golden Scissors Award in 2015 by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) for leadership in cutting red tape for small business.
In October, 2019, Kerry-Lynne was elected as Member of Parliament for the riding of South Surrey—White Rock. Shortly after, she was appointed as Shadow Minister for the Environment and Climate Change in the Shadow Cabinet of the Official Opposition.
In October, 2020, Kerry-Lynne was named to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. As a lawyer and former judge on the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, this is her wheelhouse!
Kerry-Lynne lives in South Surrey with her husband, Brent Chapman, a locally based actor and director, often called upon to MC special events. 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.