Embracing diversity in the firm and in our communities

Diversity is the lifeblood of Stikeman Elliott’s innovative and creative approach to solving clients’ high-stakes legal challenges. Our clients, our firm and our communities all benefit from the synergies generated by a diverse mix of people, experiences and perspectives.

Fostering an open and inclusive culture encourages all firm members to be their true, best and down-to-earth selves. This freedom empowers team members to contribute their most inventive ideas and insights – enhancing the value of our advice and enriching client relationships.

Our pillars of diversity:

Continuing mentorship & leadership development

First of all, Stikeman Elliott partners lead by example, participating in training sessions to recognize and combat bias in the hiring and team-building processes, and reaching out to community groups. Furthermore, Stikeman Elliott’s national Diversity & Inclusion Committee taps individual and regional efforts to recruit from a broad and diverse talent pool. We also work closely with organizations, including law student affinity groups and campus associations, which encourage talented young people to expand their horizons.

Inclusive & supportive environment

Since we truly believe that not just individual passion but also individual identity drives collaborative success, Stikeman Elliott has taken many concrete steps to integrate colleagues from diverse backgrounds into the fabric of the firm. For example, our internal personnel directory includes a “Hear My Name” feature, which allows colleagues to overcome potential discomfort with unfamiliar pronunciations. There is also an emphasis on barrier-free access throughout our offices for people with limited mobility.

Community outreach

As a proudly Canadian firm, we believe that embracing diversity connects us to the world around us. Representatives of diverse communities are invited to the firm to share their experiences, and offices host highly popular celebrations of cultural holidays. Members also visit law schools, high schools and community groups to speak about diversity issues from a legal perspective.

Client engagement

Whenever possible, Stikeman Elliott partners with clients to collaborate on inclusion initiatives. For example, the firm is an active member of the Law Firm Diversity and Inclusion Network. The network is inspired by Legal Leaders for Diversity, an association that has been instrumental in promoting diversity within the legal departments of corporate Canada. Stikeman Elliott is also a partner of Pride at Work, a national organization that seeks to foster a culture of acceptance for LGBT people in the workplace.