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Investing in Women

Investing in Women
Investing in Women
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We are proud to support the advancement of women in business and law.

Our programs foster communities that champion and promote women leaders — at Blakes, in business and in the legal profession.

Women@Blakes
Women@Blakes

The Women@Blakes network provides support, mentorship, work/life resources, client development and networking opportunities to women legal professionals at Blakes. Our commitment to advancing women, however, extends well beyond our Firm. Over the years, we have expanded our programming to focus on providing our clients and the legal profession more broadly with professional development opportunities that champion the role of women in law and in business.

Learn more about our programs.

ReLaunch Reintegration Program for Women Lawyers
ReLaunch Reintegration Program for Women Lawyers

Blakes has partnered with CIBC to establish a program focused on reintegrating highly skilled women lawyers into the workforce following a career break of two or more years. ReLaunch provides participants with timely job experience at a leading Canadian law firm and within a large in-house legal department at CIBC. This is a ten-month paid position. The program is intended to offer participants an opportunity to showcase their abilities in the workplace, while augmenting their experience, skills and contacts.

Rotman/University of Toronto Programs for Women
Rotman/University of Toronto Programs for Women

Blakes is a founding sponsor and continues to participate in The Judy Project, which supports executive and senior-level women in leadership roles within Canadian businesses and organizations. Blakes has also partnered with Rotman and the University of Toronto on a two-day intensive program specifically designed to help women lawyers in years five to seven build professional confidence and acquire relevant business skills to advance and succeed in the legal environment. In addition, Blakes is a founding sponsor of the Business Leadership for Women Lawyers program that assists women lawyers with career advancement and organizational performance.