Diane Finley was raised in Port Dover and Charlotteville, and her family has lived and worked in the riding for seven generations. After graduating from Port Dover Composite School, she attended the University of Western Ontario, where she earned a BA in Administrative Studies and an MBA (Masters in Business Administration).
To help finance her education, Diane spent her summers working in tobacco harvest, at OPG’s Nanticoke G.S. and at the Long Point Region Conservation Authority. She also led a student group that restored pioneer cemeteries in the area and developed a multi-media educational kit chronicling the history of Norfolk County.
Fluently bilingual in English and French, Diane’s professional career began as an administrator of Western’s highly recognized French Immersion School. She went on to progressively senior positions in both the public and private sectors encompassing health care, transportation, agricultural equipment manufacturing, printing and publishing, and aviation. While with the Laidlaw group of companies, Diane launched and built Canada’s largest private ambulance services company, Canadian Medical Response. Diane, with her husband, Doug, now operates a consulting firm specializing in strategy, information and communications.
Diane has been active in a wide range of organizations, including as Board Chair of the Brant Community Care Access Centre, The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships, the National Standards Committee of the Paramedic Association of Canada, The Aurora Club, the Strategic Leadership Forum, The Ambulance Service Alliance of Ontario, and the Ontario Government Health Policy Advisory Council. Diane has received many awards for her efforts, including The University of Western Ontario’s Coupe du président. She was also named “one of Canada’s future leaders” by the prestigious Governor-General’s Study Conference 2000.
For many years, Diane has been active in small-c conservative political campaigns at the municipal, provincial and federal levels, and through her professional life has had considerable experience in the area of policy development and legislative change. An avid quilter, scrapbooker and angler, Diane resides near St. Williams with her husband, Doug, and their cat, Homer.
Former administrator of Western’s French Immersion School.
Launched and built Canada’s largest private ambulance services company, Canadian Medical Response.
BA in Administrative Studies and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario.
Resides near St. Williams with her husband, Doug, and their cat, Homer.