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Pro Bono

Stikeman Elliott enjoys a long tradition of pro bono and community service work.  With the firm's support and encouragement, many of our lawyers make a significant contribution to the community.  A prime example is our Montreal partner Dick Pound, who has a busy tax practice, acts as Chairman of the World Anti Doping Agency, and serves as Chair of McGill University.  Dick was also recently selected by TIME Magazine as one of five Canadians who are among the world's most influential people in 2005.  In addition to Dick's worth, currently in Ottawa we provide intellectual property advice and representation in respect of intellectual property litigation and trademark prosecution work on a pro bono basis to a number of charitable organizations.  We also provide pro bono legal consultation for clients of the Entrepreneurship Centre run by the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation (OCRI).

We believe in taking an active role in our community through volunteer involvement, such as supporting The Ottawa Hospital Foundation and its Foundation Legacy Campaign Cabinet, and The Ottawa Rotary Home Foundation, a local charity that provides respite care for physically and mentally handicapped children.  In addition, several of our lawyers are members of and support the Campaign Cabinet for the Faculty of Common Law at the University of Ottawa, the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards National Committee, and the board of the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, and various events and initiatives at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law.

In addition, members of the firm teach in various settings, from seminars at the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada to an Administrative Law Course at the University of Ottawa.

Stikeman Elliott Ottawa is also a great supporter of many charitable events, such as The Canadian Cancer Relay for Life; the Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign; the Snow Suit Auction at the Ottawa University; the Tulip Festival; and of several local charities, the Shepherd's of Good Hope; the Humane Society; the Children's Aid Society and the Snowsuit Fund, just to name a few.  Over the past years, we have been a strong supporter of the Ottawa Food Bank, including sponsoring needy families with Christmas Food Hampers.  Once again, we were a strong supporter of the Black & White Opera Lyra Soirée.  In 2005/06 we sponsored the Canadian Lawyers Abroad Symposium at the Ottawa University (we also sponsor their Website).


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."

Knowledge Management

Stikeman Elliott's longstanding commitment to knowledge management and technology distinguishes us from other Canadian business law firms. We want our lawyers, students, and clients to benefit from our collective legal experience, and work to ensure our lawyers and students have immediate and easy access to the firm's significant intellectual capital.

We provide:

  • a team of full-time lawyers who develop leading edge precedents, keep our lawyers up to date on recent legal developments, provide legal opinions on complex issues, and work with our students and lawyers to develop their analytical and drafting skills.
  • a collection of cutting-edge precedents reflecting the latest legal and business developments, as well as a legal research collection that has over 10,000 documents.
  • an innovative portal-based intranet that gives our firm members 24/7 online access to all our in-house resources.  Hildebrandt, the law firm consulting group, identified our intranet as among the best law firm intranets in North America, and we were awarded the Customer Innovation Award for Legal Intranet Solution by Hummingbird Ltd., the global solutions provider.