Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Blake, Cassels and Graydon employees

Recognized as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP was selected as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2016):

  • Blake, Cassels & Graydon occupies 8 floors of Commerce Court West -- the building features an outdoor courtyard, access to the PATH system, two private nap rooms, a quiet room that can be used for meditation or religious observance, a full-service legal library, and a cafe/lounge and games room, which includes a television, video games, a pinball machine and table hockey
  • Blake, Cassels & Graydon encourages employees to adopt healthy balanced lifestyles through an extensive health and wellness program that includes monthly newsletters (with health tips and event announcements), lunch and learn seminars and nearby exercise classes that feature "Annual Fitness Challenges" -- additionally, the firm offers a $600 subsidy to help cover the cost of gym memberships
  • Blake, Cassels & Graydon provided over 8,000 hours of pro bono legal services to a number of organizations in the past year, including Flip Your Wig for Justice, The "160 Girls" Project and War Child Canada -- the firm also established a national committee to review and proactively seek out pro bono opportunities
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Highlights

Industry Law Firm
Established in Canada 1856
Full-time employees in Canada 1,375
Part-time employees in Canada 64
Average age of employees in Canada 42.6
Longest serving employee 43 years
Long-term savings defined-contribution (DC) pension
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Alternative work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, in-house training, online training, mentoring, paid internships
Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2016):

  • For nearly ten years, Blake, Cassels & Graydon has provided support, mentorship, networking opportunities and personal and professional resources for its female employees through the "Women@Blakes" network -- the network maintains an internal website, publishes quarterly newsletters and organizes internal and external seminars and events, such as roundtable discussions on achieving work-life balance
  • Blake, Cassels & Graydon participates in "Dare to Dream", a program organized by Canadian Lawyers Abroad to encourage Canadian law firms and businesses to increase opportunities for Aboriginal youth and their families -- the firm also partnered with a client to provide a joint internship to an Aboriginal law student
  • Blake, Cassels & Graydon offers the Blakes/Juriansz Inclusivity Fund to support student-led initiatives and organizations that promote recognition and respect for diversity, inclusion and accessibility -- additionally, the firm provides practical experience for high school students who face barriers to achieving academic, career and life goals through participation in the Law in Action Within Schools Summer Job Program -- the firm offers summer employment opportunities, mentoring, and helps sponsor their placement at external agencies, such as legal aid clinics
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"Participating in the Preparing for Rain program as an Associate turned out to be important personally and professionally. It gave me a chance to get to know women at my level in other practice groups, who I might otherwise not have had a chance to get to know; to build relationships with women partners who became mentors and sponsors for me; and to build an internal referral network. Now I'm a mentor to associates I have known since they were students, and it's important to me to help them navigate toward partnership while balancing parenthood and other priorities. There are more of us now, and we are great support for each other." Iris F., Partner

Highlights

Industry Law Firm
Full-time employees in Canada 1,375
Workforce representation female employees (60 %), female managers (75 %)
Diversity programs for disabilities, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, LGBT
Employee resource groups Women@Blakes Network (est. 2007), Blakes Diversity Network (est. 2014 for employees from diverse racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds), Pride@Blakes (LGBT)
Formal commitment diversity and inclusion committee
Unique diversity initiatives pro bono services to diversity related organizations, Blakes Diversity Day (8th annual), equity and diversity pre-law internship program (developed with York University and the University of Toronto), Judy Project participant (women), Justicia Project participant (women)
Diversity community partnerships University of Toronto (internships for internationally trained lawyers), Law Firm Diversity and Inclusion Network (member), Project Work (persons with intellectual disabilities), Progress Place (mental illness), Black Law Students Association of Canada, Iranian Canadian Law Association, Canadian Association of Black Lawyers

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