Recognized as one of BC's Top Employers (2019):
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Feb 21, 2019)
Here are some of the reasons why Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP was selected as one of BC's Top Employers (2019):
- Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP invests in ongoing employee development with tuition subsidies for courses related and indirectly related to their current positions (no maximum) and subsidies for professional accreditation
- Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP supports employees who are new mothers with maternity leave top-up payments, to 95% for 6 weeks and provides generous academic scholarships for employees with university and college-bound children (up to $20,000 per child)
- Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP encourages employees to lead active, healthy lives by providing subsidized access to an onsite fitness facility which features a variety of exercise equipment, a 25-metre UV-purified pool, a steam room and instructor-led yoga classes
Fasken has a big-hearted approach to its employees
Fasken is that rare firm that has a big heart not only when it comes to community giving, but also in the way it treats employees. Thirty-year law-firm veteran Sandra Wolsynuk, legal assistant and client services team lead, learned this when two tragedies struck her family: first, the passing of her son 10 years ago, and then her husband's fatal cancer in 2014.
"There was never a 'When are you coming back?'" she says. "It was always, 'Take as much time as you need. How can we support you?' There was no pressure from them, especially with my husband, who was in the hospital and at home for five months. All the lawyers were bringing care packages for me and I was so well taken care of and supported. I have family and friends who helped, but I don't know what I would have done without my Fasken family, I really don't."
Fasken is now one of the largest law firms in Canada with an international reach. It has seven offices across the country, including two in B.C. employing about 350 people (in Vancouver and Surrey, where Wolsynuk now works), as well as in the U.K., South Africa and China. But "Fasken retains a small-firm, hands-on, very caring culture," says Miriam Redford, director, administration and finance, B.C. region. "Even after mergers with larger firms, we still manage to have that close family culture."
Wolsynuk notes that Will Westeringh, managing partner, B.C. region, does a lot to foster that family feeling. "Constantly - whether it's in meetings or in numerous messages throughout the year, he acknowledges that the staff are what builds Fasken." For his part, Westeringh says: "Our talented, dedicated Fasken team exceeds expectations every day."
Community support is also part of Fasken's DNA. Wolsynuk says that in Vancouver, to celebrate Canada 150 in a collaborative, meaningful way, Fasken donated to a diverse selection of B.C. community programs based on submissions requested from employees. "We're a big part of the community in Vancouver and in every community Fasken belongs to."
The firm is deeply committed to diversity and inclusivity. Five of the B.C. region's six directors, including Redford, are women, and in 2018 the firm overall received Mansfield certification from the U.S.-based Diversity Lab, meaning that it had considered females and/or visible minorities in 30 per cent or more of at least 70 per cent of all its senior positions.