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 (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
Blake, Cassels & Graydon staff on Diversity Day
"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
Major Canadian hiring locations Montréal QC, Ottawa ON, Toronto ON, Calgary AB, Vancouver BC
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
Diversity highlights 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)
Some of the diversity-focused 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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