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Inclusion@Blakes

Inclusion@Blakes
Inclusion@Blakes
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Firm policies and initiatives that foster inclusion.

We celebrate our differences in myriad ways — from high-impact external events to quiet conversations about what matters most to each of us.

Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives
Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives

Blakes has been a leading business law firm in Canada for more than 160 years. The plurality of voices that inform our policies and actions reflect the diversity of our people, our clients and our communities. We are committed to providing a workplace environment rich in perspectives, backgrounds, identities and cultures, because that’s how we work best.

Inclusion Policies
Inclusion Policies

Our policies and programs are designed to promote a diverse and inclusive work environment, and a place where every person feels safe and respected. We have a comprehensive Workplace Violence and Harassment Policy; a Parental Leave Policy; and a Restricted Hours Policy designed to facilitate flexible work/life arrangements.

Recruitment and Training
Recruitment and Training

We offer several training programs to legal professionals and supervisors, including workshops related to unconscious bias, cross-cultural competence and inclusive leadership, allyship and mentoring in a diverse workplace. Blakes also offers training for our legal professionals on interviewing candidates without bias or discrimination. Our thorough orientation for new hires includes discussions about culture, professionalism and commitment to teamwork, along with diversity and inclusion, pro bono and community initiatives.

Mental Health Initiatives
Mental Health Initiatives

We believe that the mental health of our people must be a focus in a profession where we are valued for our intellect and perceived toughness. We regularly host external experts to lead discussions on mental health topics including stress, resilience, nurturing connection and other issues that may arise at home and work. We are also active participants in Bell Let’s Talk Day, working to fight stigma and improve access to mental health care.

Blakes Diversity Network
Blakes Diversity Network

The Blakes Diversity Network members include Blakes students, associates and partners from diverse racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds interested in promoting diversity within the Firm and the broader legal profession. The network identifies business development and leadership opportunities for diverse lawyers and hosts professional development and client networking events.

Blakes Diversity Day
Blakes Diversity Day

Blakes Diversity Day is an annual, national initiative that celebrates the diverse cultures and backgrounds that make us who we are — with food, conversation and festivities.

Law Firm Diversity and Inclusion Network
Law Firm Diversity and Inclusion Network

Blakes is a founding member of the Law Firm Diversity and Inclusion Network (LFDIN) and a signatory to its Statement of Principles. LFDIN is a group of Canadian law firms that have agreed to work together to promote diversity and encourage a culture of inclusion in our firms and the broader legal profession. Diversity is a core value for LFDIN members, who believe that valuing and enhancing diversity and inclusion will help attract and retain the best talent and better serve clients’ needs in an evolving global marketplace.

Diverse Professional Associations
Diverse Professional Associations

Blakes is a proud supporter of a number of diverse student organizations and diverse professional associations. Our support takes the form of financial contributions, hosting events, providing speakers, acting as pro bono counsel, and supporting our lawyers,summer and articling students active in these organizations. Organizations we support include: