Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Nov 8, 2015)
Here are some of the reasons why McCarthy Tétrault LLP was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2016):
- McCarthy Tétrault strongly supports employee development with generous tuition subsidies, in-house training programs as well as a focus on mentoring -- the firm designates May as its annual Mentoring Month, which includes speed-mentoring sessions for students, mentor meetings for new associates and even an awards ceremony to recognize the leading mentors in the firm
- McCarthy Tétrault encourages employees to maintain healthy and active lifestyles with a generous fitness subsidy, from $550 for administration personnel to $4,000 for partners, and recently included coverage for the BIXI shared commuter bike service to encourage employees to ride to work
- McCarthy Tétrault supports employees who want to start a family with a generous IVF subsidy when needed (up to $12,000) and follows-up with maternity leave top-ups for its new moms (to 90% of salary for 17 weeks) as well as a unique maternity buddy program to keep parents on leave up-to-date about the firm and their jobs
McCarthy Tétrault makes the case for strong career growth
As one of Canada's leading law firms, McCarthy Tétrault believes competitiveness is a quality best left to the courtroom. Within the 160-year-old firm, collaboration is the guiding principle, and new employees are never left to sink or swim.
A mentoring program for students and associate lawyers helps ensure that. "We established the program in 2007 because our people asked for it," says Chief Professional Resources Officer Stephanie Willson. "Now, we are proud to say that our mentoring culture has truly been established, and continues to grow."
Every May is designated as Mentoring Month, and a full slate of activities is organized to help highlight the program. Last spring's edition included speed-mentoring sessions for students, facilitated mentor meetings for new associates, and the annual signature event - an awards ceremony in each of the firm's six offices to recognize leading mentors.
Tracie Crook, Chief Operating Officer, says mentoring is a key ingredient in the firm's corporate culture, which emphasizes strong relationships, learning, innovation, continuous improvement, personal well-being, diversity, and caring for the community. "We work at it all the time," she adds. "Our commitment to live up to our core values can only be successful if our values become part of our practices."
McCarthy Tétrault also supports employee development with generous tuition subsidies and in-house training programs. Its growing e-learning program includes Mental Health and Wellness in the Legal Profession, an online resource created by the Canadian Bar Association, the Mood Disorders Society of Canada, and Bell Canada's Let's Talk initiative. The recently introduced, self-paced, four-part program provides members of the legal profession and their families with education, support and resources to assist in understanding mental health and addiction issues.
One of the firm's most important educational initiatives is its Leadership Development Program. Created for both newly appointed and experienced managers, the training curriculum focuses on the core skills required in their management roles and McCarthy Tétrault's core leadership competencies. "We believe that, while our leaders set the direction," says Crook, "we also need to empower them with enhanced skills to guide their people."
Rita Apa, Senior Director, Human Resources, says that for her personally, the ability to grow professionally at the firm has always made it a satisfying place to work during her 37- year tenure there. It's one of the two things she enjoys most about working for McCarthy Tétrault, she adds.
"My work is challenging and the firm provides me with continuous learning and growth opportunities," she says. "Secondly, it's the environment. There's a fundamental respect for people, which translates into our programs, policies and initiatives."
Concern for the well-being of its lawyers and staff is also reflected in the firm's generous fitness subsidy. To encourage employees to cycle to work, the fitness benefit was recently expanded to include coverage of the Bixi shared commuter bike service in cities where it's available. "We are doing our part in promoting an active lifestyle," says Apa, "which plays an important role in staying healthy and productive at work and at home."
McCarthy Tétrault also supports employees who want to start a family, with a generous subsidy of up to $12,000 for fertility drugs related to IVF treatments and maternity leave top-ups for new moms of up to 90 per cent of salary for 17 weeks. The firm's unique maternity buddy program helps keep parents on leave up to date about developments related to their own particular jobs and the firm as a whole.
This article appeared in the magazine announcing this year's Canada's Top 100 Employers winners, published November 9, 2015 in The Globe and Mail. This article was prepared with the financial support of the employer, which did not write or edit its contents.
Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2016)
By Kristina Leung and Richard Yerema, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Feb 23, 2016)
Here are some of the reasons why McCarthy Tétrault LLP was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2016):
- McCarthy Tétrault's Pride Network works to increase awareness of LGBT issues, promote professional development and mentoring of LGBT lawyers and encourage networking and business development across all of the firm's offices -- established in 2011, the network coordinates local LGBT activities and and programming, such as celebrations for World Pride and discussions on diversity and inclusion in sports
- McCarthy Tétrault is in the process of launching a multi-year initiative on mental health, with the first initiatives focused on building awareness amongst senior leaders and eliminating stigma on mental health issues
- McCarthy Tétrault has maintained a Women's Initiative Network for nearly ten years and is responsible for organizing a variety of initiatives such as the "Women Connecting" outreach program for offices in Ontario -- the firm also piloted a Building Sponsorships program to create flexible business development opportunities for female employees
"The firm encourages me to be a leader as a woman and in the LGBT community, in many different ways [...] As a woman and gay lawyer, and as a young mother, I sincerely feel that my Firm really cares about the values carried out by our 'Diversity' program, which is almost a motto. I feel privileged to practise law in a workplace where diversity is a priority, not only in words, but most importantly, in concrete actions." Élisabeth B., Associate, Montreal Office