Stikeman Elliott named among the Best Employers in Canada for the fifth time

TORONTO, Nov. 7, 2013 /CNW/ - For the fifth consecutive year, Stikeman Elliott LLP has been selected among the 50 Best Employers in Canada, in a survey undertaken by Aon Hewitt. The firm placed 20th overall among 84 organizations ranked for the study.

"Stikeman Elliott is committed to fostering and maintaining a positive environment for firm members, our clients, and the communities in which we operate," said William Braithwaite, Stikeman Elliott Chair. "To this end, we offer continuous learning, development and mentorship opportunities, focus on client service excellence and are dedicated to being responsible corporate citizens."

Criteria for selection was completely determined by surveys completed by firm members. The study measures employee engagement, with Aon Hewitt noting that organizations with high engagement enjoy tangible benefits such as a greater ability to attract and retain key talent and superior client/customer service.

For Stikeman Elliott, the results tell us that our firm members very much enjoy the work they do at the firm and feel a great sense of accomplishment from it.  The results also show that our firm members think Stikeman Elliott is the right place for them and that they would recommend Stikeman Elliott to friends and others as an employer of choice. Our firm members are dedicated and client focused people whose contributions help make Stikeman Elliott a great place to work.

"This distinction is especially meaningful as it reflects the opinions of our firm members," said Braithwaite. "The insights we glean from this survey are critical to allowing us to refine our efforts to make Stikeman Elliott a great place to work and in turn allow us to deliver excellent services to our clients."

Stikeman Elliott is committed to undertaking initiatives that enhance its workplace environment and corporate citizenship.  Some of the firm's major new and ongoing initiatives in the past year include:

  • Customized education programs for various groups - among them lawyers, legal assistants and business services firm members - including a training session for management on leading diversity in the workplace;
  • Individual career coaching, mentoring and other resources for women lawyers;
  • Pro bono engagements on behalf of Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Golf Canada, Council for Canadian-American Relations, First Nations Child & Family Caring Society, Child Advocacy Project (Pro Bono Law Ontario);
  • Partnerships with community groups such as Calgary's Inn From the Cold, BC Children's Hospital Foundation, Ottawa Rotary Home Foundation, Pedal for Kids in Montreal, Aboriginal Information Network, Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council, as well as a longstanding national commitment to the United Way;
  • A national environmental program (GoingGreen program) and carbon neutral status - now in its 5th year;
  • Enhanced communication aimed at increasing dialogue within the firm to facilitate feedback discussions through forums and focus group sessions, to generate and capture ideas on how to maintain our status as a top employer.

ABOUT STIKEMAN ELLIOTT LLP

Stikeman Elliott LLP is recognized internationally for the sophistication of its business law practice. The firm is a Canadian leader in each of its core practice areas - corporate finance, M&A, banking, corporate-commercial, real estate, tax, insolvency, structured finance, competition, business litigation - and has developed in-depth knowledge of a wide range of industries from banking and insurance to energy, mining and technology.

Stikeman Elliott maintains offices in Montréal, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver, as well as London, New York and Sydney.  The firm was named as one of Canada's 50 Best Employers for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, and as one of the Top 100 Employers in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. It was further recognized in 2010, 2012 and 2013 as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers and in 2010 as among the Best Employers for New Canadians. It was also named as a Green 30 organization in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 by Aon Hewitt, and as one of Canada's Greenest Employers for 2013 by MediaCorp. The firm was the first national Canadian law firm to be certified as carbon neutral as of 2008.

For more information about Stikeman Elliott visit www.stikeman.com.

SOURCE: Stikeman Elliott LLP

For further information:

Media contacts:  

Michelle Di Rocco
Manager, Communications
mdirocco@stikeman.com
416.869.7062

Mirabel Paquette
Director, Marketing & Business Development
mpaquette@stikeman.com
514.397.3307

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