Rebecca Finlay



  • Vice-President, Engagement & Public Policy


M.Phil. (Social and Political Sciences), University of Cambridge
Honours BA, McGill University


Rebecca leads CIFAR’s strategy to connect outstanding researchers with thought leaders who thrive on research insights relevant to the future of policy, business, health and international development.

She works with a team of knowledge mobilization experts who specialize in knowledge exchange, government relations, public policy and innovation. In 2017, they launched CIFAR’s AI & Society program that supports the examination of questions AI will pose for all aspects of society such as the economy, ethics, policymaking, philosophy and the law. Her team also builds partnerships with governments across Canada and internationally.

Prior to joining CIFAR, Rebecca held leadership roles in research and civil society organizations including as Group Director, Public Affairs and Cancer Control for the Canadian Cancer Society and National Cancer Institute of Canada. She began her career in the private sector building strategic partnerships, including as First Vice President, Financial Institution and Partnership Marketing for Bank One International. Rebecca holds an M.Phil. in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge.