TORONTO, Feb. 19, 2013 /CNW/ - Stikeman Elliott LLP is very pleased to
announce that it has once again been named one of Canada's Best
Diversity Employers by Mediacorp Canada Inc., placing as the top ranking law firm on the list.
This marks the third time the firm has received this honour.
"Stikeman Elliott is very proud to receive this award, as it recognizes
our long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion, both within
the firm and our communities," said firm chair, William Braithwaite.
"We understand that by continually advancing our diversity objectives,
we are creating a dynamic and inclusive work environment for our people
that allows us to deliver exceptional service to our clients."
Canada's Best Diversity Employers program recognizes 45 employers from
across Canada with exemplary diversity initiatives in five employee
groups: (a) women; (b) members of visible minorities; (c) persons with
disabilities; (d) Aboriginal peoples; and (e) lesbian, gay, bisexual
and transgendered/transsexual (LGBT) peoples.
"We celebrate the diversity and individuality of our firm members," said
Lorna Cuthbert, partner, chair of Stikeman Elliott's Toronto Diversity
& Inclusion Committee and co-chair of the firm's National Diversity &
Inclusion Committee. "We support our diversity champions and make a
genuine effort to engage our employees in an ongoing dialogue around
diversity and inclusion."
Diversity has always been a core value at Stikeman Elliott and the firm
works collectively across its offices on a wide range of diversity and
inclusion initiatives relating to recruitment, retention and leadership
development, community outreach and client partnerships. Some of the
highlights of Stikeman Elliott's involvement and initiatives include:
Pathways to Education, a program created to encourage young people from
at-risk and economically disadvantaged communities to stay in school
The Justicia Project undertaken by various provincial law societies,
dedicated to the retention and advancement of women lawyers in private
The University of Toronto's Internationally Trained Lawyers Program,
which assists internationally trained lawyers seeking to practice law
in Ontario, as they go through the accreditation and job search process
Diversity and harassment training for firm members, including specific
training for firm members involved in recruitment and people
Annual Multiculturalism, Pride and Canada Day celebrations
"Hear My Name", the firm's name pronunciation tool that allows firm
members to record the correct pronunciation of their names to enhance
workplace collegiality and facilitate communication within the firm
Reflection room, a space that firm members can use for reflection or
religious observance during the course of their work day
A full list of this year's winners can be found at www.eluta.ca.
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 the Canada's 50 Best Employers in Canada for 2010,
2011, 2012 and 2013, 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 Best
Employers for New Canadians. It was also named as a Green 30
organization in 2010, 2011 and 2012, a distinction presented to
businesses who display a commitment to environmental sustainability in
For more information about Stikeman Elliott please visit www.stikeman.com.
SOURCE: Stikeman Elliott LLP
For further information:
Michelle Di Rocco
Director of Marketing