Community & Pro Bono

Stikeman Elliott's Community Involvement Program

Giving back to our communities is a foundational value at Stikeman Elliott. In 2008, we established our Community Involvement Program to affirm our commitment to supporting the communities in which we live and work. Our innovative program is designed to encourage firm member volunteerism at all levels, by building on the three key pillars of our grassroots initiative:


Offering matching donations programs

Supporting individuals who champion for causes that are meaningful to them

Providing invaluable pro bono legal advice

As we mark the 11th anniversary of our Community Involvement Program, we are proud to share that Stikeman Elliott and our dedicated firm members have given back more than $15M since its inception.

“At Stikeman Elliott, we believe that our passion and creativity should also serve the communities in which we live and work. We do this largely through local drive and grassroots dedication, as can be seen from multiple initiatives throughout our offices that focus on the needs of the community as identified by them.

I am proud of what we have accomplished and how it reflects that giving back is a part of what we are at Stikeman Elliott. To paraphrase one of our founders, Heward Stikeman, we believe that as we grow and succeed, we must continue to express the best that is in us, in the service of others.”


Marc Barbeau

Chair of the Firm, and six-year member of Stikeman Elliott’s Ride to Conquer Cancer team

Matching donations programs create a large impact in our communities

Stikeman Elliott recognizes individual volunteerism with monetary donations. The firm leverages its matching donations program to donate for every hour of volunteer work completed by associates, articling students, staff and law clerks. We also make monetary donations in recognition of firm members who sit on charitable boards and make their own financial contributions to the same charity.  

Montreal - Winter Triathlon - Team Stikeman Elliott  Toronto - Ride To Conquer Cancer - Team Stikeman Elliott

Individuals champion causes that are meaningful to them

Firm members who choose to participate in charitable fundraising have the support of the firm, both in organizing their campaigns and encouraging involvement from other firm members. We provide such support as team T-shirts, the use of boardroom space, providing refreshments, and covering registration fees for individuals who organize fundraising activities. Over the last 11 years, we have proudly supported more than 250 charitable organizations.

Stikeman Elliott has a team that participates in the Ride to Conquer Cancer cycling event, in support of the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. In the past eight years, our team has raised over half a million dollars for this important cause. Stikeman Elliott firm members have also recently banded together to raise funds that supported providing service dogs to Canadian veterans, in conjunction with AUDEAMUS and the Canadian Legacy Project.

2019 Community Involvement & Pro Bono Overview


Grassroots initiatives
organized in 2019


directorships in 2019


Pro bono

Pro Bono work allows us to lend our expertise to worthy causes

Providing legal services for charitable and not-for-profit associations is a crucial part of our Community Involvement Program. We have worked alongside and lent our expertise to such organizations as First Nations Child & Family Caring SocietyPlan CanadaAutism Society CanadaSainte-Justine Hospital FoundationSierra Club Canada Foundation, and Variety—The Children’s Charity of Alberta, to name a few.  

Ottawa - Rotary Home Gardening  Vancouver - Trivia Lunch for Ronald McDonald House

Firm sponsored initiatives

In addition to our grassroots program, we proudly give back to our communities through firm-sponsored initiatives. Stikeman Elliott’s executive committee matches firm member donations for select campaigns, to a maximum of $500 per person. We have established matching donations campaigns for such causes as the Humboldt Broncos Hockey Team, Toronto Strong Fund, Alberta Floods Fund, B.C. Wildfires, and the Syrian Humanitarian Crisis Emergency Relief Fund. Through firm-sponsored fundraising activities across the country, our firm members have also given more than $4M in the last eight years to United Way Centraide Canada.

Our matching donations programs, support of individuals championing for causes, and undertaking pro bono work are the three key pillars of our firm’s Community Involvement Program. With these in mind, Stikeman Elliott can effect real change—locally and nationally, both in and out of the boardroom. The 11th anniversary of our Community Involvement Program is an accomplishment that we continue to build upon, as we strive to follow our passion and commitment to give back to the communities in which we live and work.

 Calgary - Race for the kids - Stikeman Elliott


For further information on Stikeman Elliott’s community initiatives, please contact Bianca Barbucci.