Firm Culture

Be part of the team

Work with great people

Students often comment on the welcoming and positive feeling they sense in our Ottawa office. The culture is friendly and open. Our approach to work is collaborative and team-centred. We don’t believe in a strict hierarchy or unnecessary bureaucracy. As a student at Stikeman Elliott, you’ll develop personal connections with lawyers who will welcome you into the fabric of the firm.

We are committed to the highest levels of professionalism while still being down to earth. We like to say that although we take our work seriously, we don’t take ourselves too seriously.

Get the real flavour of our collaborative work environment

A true sense of collegiality and comradery among colleagues is a tangible part of our culture. Our lawyers are genuinely happy to work together to achieve the best results. This is particularly true of the Ottawa office, where the nature of our regulatory advisory practice calls for lawyers to work with colleagues in all offices across the firm. Be part of a firm that is fully integrated as key team members on a variety of files and transactions originating in other cities and countries.

Being a small office is one of our greatest strengths

Stikeman Elliott’s Ottawa office offers the best of both worlds:  the opportunities and resources of a large practice, with the closeness and comradery of a boutique firm.

The firm that plays together stays together

The smaller size of the office creates a sense of community among all firm members. We keep the fabric of the firm strong and reinforce friendships through celebrations of our achievements, big and small.

You will be welcomed to the firm at an introductory lunch, where you will meet fellow students and mentors. You will also take part in a monthly lunch where all students and lawyers meet and mingle informally.

Feel free to be yourself – diversity is real here

Diversity and inclusion are very important to us and we show great respect for our people as individuals. We engage and encourage individual talents and interests throughout the firm, and have taken many tangible measures to support diversity in all of its forms.

We are immensely proud of our multi-year recognition as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers and our goal is to constantly refine and improve our efforts.

Committed to women’s success

Stikeman Elliott is committed to fostering the continued engagement of women at all levels of the firm.

In Ottawa, we have implemented a number of programs that support women in their pursuit of career goals while maintaining commitments to family and community. We have also implemented a full range of progressive maternity leave and return-to-work policies for women who are parents.

Leveraging technology to create flexibility in our professional lives

Everyone’s time is precious. We use the most up-to-date technology to help ensure that your time is well spent. Investments in software and other tools support more efficient research, collaboration and information delivery – allowing us to provide the best advice and service to clients.

We provide smart phones to all articling and summer students during their work terms so they can stay connected without being physically restricted to the office.

Knowledge Management is a key element of our vision

Stikeman Elliott has made significant strategic investments in a dedicated Knowledge Management (KM) team as well as KM systems. This group consolidates and disseminates the insights of individual lawyers and deal teams, and captures and develops leading-edge intellectual capital, making it accessible firm-wide. STELLA KM is our leading enterprise search platform. Stikeman Elliott lawyers and students use it to gain powerful access to our rich KM collection (precedents, legal research and CLE), closing books, internal experts and body of expertise by context as well as organized by practice group, legal topic and industry. This bilingual tool is so evolutionary, it was shortlisted for the 2016 Innovative Project of the Year by ILTA. These state of the art systems support efficient research, collaboration and information delivery while KM lawyers and our professional library team help lawyers and students make the most of the firm’s resources.