Stikeman Elliott is committed to diversity amongst its lawyers, students, and staff and we want to ensure that all firm members are supported, valued and respected. In his address about the firm's defining principles at our 50th Anniversary Retreat, Dick Pound encouraged us to: "Never lose sight of the need for diversity among us. We will need the broadest range of talents and backgrounds as we face a national and international future. Embrace and seek out differences; do not reject them."
Our efforts in ensuring a diverse work environment at Stikeman Elliott have advanced our culture and overall business objective and success in several ways. By seeking to attract and retain individuals from all of Canada's diverse communities, we ensure that our people are the best and brightest Canada has to offer.
This, we believe translates to the highest quality of legal services for our clients. It also enables us to access a broad range of viewpoints and ideas, which in turn enhances the innovative thinking and problem-solving that our clients expect from us. Accordingly, such diversity also allows out firm to tap into an expansive range of cultural networks, businesses and potential client bases both in Canada, and globally.
As part of our commitment, we support our students and lawyers from diverse communities through initiatives that include regular reviews of our internal processes and policies by our Diversity Committee to ensure that they are in line with diversity principles.
The firm is also involved in several outreach initiatives as part of our ongoing commitment to diversity in the legal profession, including providing funding to student and community groups that support diversity in the profession. Stikeman Elliott was named one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers in 2012 and Best Employers for New Canadians for 2010 and 2012-2014 (each as selected by Mediacorp).