Blakes is pleased to announce that we have once again been named one of Greater Toronto’s Top Employers by Mediacorp Canada Inc. This is the 11th time we have received this recognition, more than any other law firm (we previously won from 2007 to 2012 and again from 2015 to 2019).
The Greater Toronto’s Top Employers award was presented to winners at a special luncheon at the OMNI King Edward Hotel in Toronto on Friday, December 7. The winners are also featured in a special magazine published in The Globe and Mail and at ct100.ca/gta.
“Winning this award reflects our commitment to maintaining a work environment that encourages collaboration, entrepreneurial thinking and innovation,” said Mary Jackson, Chief Professional Resources Officer at Blakes. “By focusing on our employees’ well-being and valuing their contributions, we create a strong team culture at Blakes and we are truly honoured to win this award once again.”
Since we last won this award, we continue to develop relevant programming and initiatives. Most recently, partnered with CIBC to establish a program focused on reintegrating highly talented women lawyers into the workforce following a career break of two or more years. The ReLaunch program is intended to offer participants an opportunity to showcase their talents in the workplace, while at the same time increasing their experience, skills and contacts.
"Attracting talent in one of the country's most competitive labour markets has encouraged employers to focus on what's important to their workforce," says Kristina Leung, Senior Editor at Mediacorp. "This year's winners offer a mixture of traditional benefits, such as maternity and parental leave top-up, with flexible options that cater to individuals at various stages of life, such as flexible time off policies and arrangements."
Now in its 13th year, the award recognizes employers based on the following Reasons for Selection: (1) physical workplace; (2) work and social atmosphere; (3) health, financial and family benefits; (4) vacation and time off; (5) employee communications; (6) performance management; (7) training and skills development; and (8) community involvement. Employers are compared to other organizations in their field to determine which offers the most progressive and forward-thinking programs.