We are pleased to announce that Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Blakes) has once again been named one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers by Mediacorp Canada Inc. This is the fifth time we have been honoured with this recognition. The award was presented to Blakes and the other winners at a ceremony held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in downtown Toronto on March 31. The results were also announced in a special magazine published in The Globe and Mail.

“We are proud of this award,” said Brock Gibson, Chair of the Firm. “More importantly, we are proud of our people and their accomplishments. For us, celebrating diversity means celebrating each member of the Firm.”

As part of our commitment to providing a workplace environment rich in perspectives, backgrounds and cultures, we have created the Blakes Diversity & Inclusion Pre-Law Internship Program, which offers students interested in attending law school an opportunity to work on diversity initiatives during their summer with Blakes.

“Diversity provides for stronger client service, more creative thinking and more dynamism in the way we provide our legal advice,” said Linc Rogers, a Blakes Partner and member of the Firm’s Equity & Diversity Committee.

Temisan Boyo, a summer student who participated in our internship program, had a “refreshing” experience during her time with the Firm: “Working at Blakes really helped me break down some misconceptions about Bay Street…. The people at Blakes were more diverse than I expected … and it made me want to come back.”

Winners of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers are selected based on submissions to the annual Canada’s Top 100 Employers. The survey takes into account employer’s workplace inclusivity from five diverse groups: women; visible minorities; persons with disabilities; Aboriginal Peoples; and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) peoples.

“These employers make inclusiveness part of their organizational DNA,” says Richard Yerema, Managing Editor of Canada’s Top 100 Employers. “They encourage employees to ‘bring their whole self’ to work, creating an environment where employees feel valued and welcome. As Canadians, we often don’t realize how much progress we have made toward an inclusive society, especially compared to many areas of the world, and these employers are showing the way.”

To learn more about our diversity initiatives, please visit the Diversity & Inclusion page at www.blakes.com.​



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