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Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Blakes staff at the firm's holiday party

Recognized as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP was selected as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2017):

  • In addition to helping employees save for the future, Blake, Cassels & Graydon offers retirement planning assistance, phased-in work options and health benefits that extend to retirees (with no age limit)
  • Blake, Cassels & Graydon encourages employees to lead healthy, balanced lives through an extensive health and wellness program which includes monthly newsletters, lunch and learn seminars and nearby exercise classes -- additionally, the firm offers a $600 subsidy to help cover the cost of gym memberships
  • Blake, Cassels & Graydon supports employees who are new mothers with maternity leave top-up payments, ranging from 6 to 25 weeks, depending on their position, and recently launched a New Mothers Network at its Toronto office to provide female lawyers with a forum to discuss balancing their career and family demands
Blake, Cassels and Graydon staff participate in a game of Pictionary as part of the firm's United Way campaign kickoff

Highlights

Industry Law Firm
Established in Canada 1856
Major Canadian hiring locations Montréal QC, Ottawa ON, Toronto ON, Calgary AB, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 1,375
Part-time employees in Canada 64
Average age of employees in Canada 42
Longest serving employee 44.8 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), compressed work week, telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
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 (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2017):

  • Blake, Cassels & Graydon maintains a strong focus on creating diverse pipelines for recruitment, supporting a number of student organizations including the Black Law Students Association of Canada and the Korean Law Students' Association -- additionally, the firm offers the Blakes/Juriansz Inclusivity Fund to support student-led initiatives and organizations that promote recognition and respect for diversity, inclusion and accessibility
  • 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 partners with one of its clients to offer the Blakes Indigenous Summer Student program, a joint internship to provide work experience in legal and banking/corporate environments
  • For the past decade, 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 the firm's annual Women's Event, which recently featured over 500 attendees
Blake, Cassels & Graydon staff on Diversity Day
"Six years ago, the Equity and Diversity Pre-law Internship program at Blakes gave me the first foothold for my legal career and the confidence I needed as a visible minority and first-generation immigrant to even consider working on Bay Street. The Firm's commitment to diversity is genuine and consistent -- I have a great support network of colleagues and I am thrilled to 'pay it forward' by mentoring and supporting other diverse students." Temisan Boyo, Associate

Highlights

Industry Law Firm
Major Canadian hiring locations Montréal QC, Ottawa ON, Toronto ON, Calgary AB, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 1,375
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives Chief Officer, Professional Resources
Formal commitment maintains a diversity and inclusion committee
Employee resource groups Women@Blakes Network (est. 2007), Blakes Diversity Network (est. 2014 for employees from diverse racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds), Pride@Blakes
Diversity highlights developed a diversity and inclusion pre-law internship program with York University and the University of Toronto, participates in Law in Action Within Schools (LAWS) Summer Job Program to provide work experience to high school students who face barriers to achieving academic, career and life goals, offers mentoring and sponsorship for LAWS students, Judy Project participant (women), Justicia Project participant (women), 8th annual Blakes Diversity Day celebration, diversity and inclusion speaker series for clients, pro bono services for diversity related organizations
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships Project Work (persons with intellectual disabilities), Egale Canada (LGBT), Progress Place (mental health), St. Gabriel Adult Learning Centre (internationally trained professionals), Pride at Work Canada, Iranian Canadian Law Association, Association of Chinese Canadian Lawyers of Ontario, Law Firm Diversity and Inclusion Network (member)

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