Community, Pro Bono & Diversity Activities
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.
- Sponsoring a Stikeman Elliott Montréal team for the 2013 Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer with the managing partner of the Montréal office, André Roy, as an Ambassador.
- Toronto litigation lawyer, Erica Tait, was a panellist on "Breaking the Glass Ceiling" at Ryerson University's 2013 Women in Leadership Conference.
- Sponsoring a Stikeman Elliott team in all Canadian offices for the 2012 Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer. Our team of 117 firm members, clients, family and friends are committed to raising over $300,000 in support of cancer research and patient care.
- Stikeman Elliott New York again organized and participated in the annual Terry Fox Run for Cancer Research in New York. Ken Ottenbreit, the office's managing principal, founded the New York run in 1994 and is the run director.
- Stikeman Elliott has registered with the Canadian Blood Services' Partners for Life program and is participating in its Corporate Challenge event. The challenge encourages organizations to get as many of its firm members involved by donating blood over a two month period. Stikeman Elliott was also on hand to help Canadian Blood Services open the TSX for National Blood Donor Week.
- The firm's "Going Green" program launch has included new initiatives designed to encourage Stikeman Elliott's environmental stewardship, including distribution of re-useable shopping bags to employees and a carbon footprint calculation.
Ongoing Pro Bono Services
- Provide pro bono services to many organizations, including Foster Parents Plan Canada (Plan Canada), the Sierra Club of Canada - Ontario Chapter; Junior Achievement of Canada, the Venture Management Program at Queen's Business School, Wen-Do Canada, the Sainte-Justine Hospital Foundation; the Entrepreneurship Centre of the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation (OCRI), and an organization that provides employment opportunities and leadership development to youths.
- Act as pro bono counsel for LUMINATO, a 10-day International Arts Festival in Toronto, which premiered in June 2007 highlighting the best of Canadian and international theatre, opera, art, film, literature, cuisine, wine, dance, fashion, and music at local and regional venues.
- Act as directors on several boards, including the Kidney Foundation, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (Quebec Chapter), William Osler Health Centre Foundation, the Montréal Children's Hospital Foundation; Défi corporatif Canderel; Glenbow Museum (Calgary); the YWCA Toronto; and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, to name a few.
- Work with the Osgoode Business Clinic, where many of our lawyers partner with law students to provide ongoing legal advice to clients who are implementing new business ideas, or are growing their emerging businesses, but cannot afford necessary legal services.
In addition, we work with Pro Bono Law Ontario to identify initiatives in which we can be involved and have several projects in the development stage.
The firm's lawyers are also active in pro bono litigation, representing various parties at all court levels. Cases include acting on behalf of:
- The Canadian Association for Community Living and Community Living Ontario, the intervenors in Wynberg v. Ontario, concerning the constitutionality of a program initiated by the Ministry of Community and Social Services Government of Ontario in 1999 known as the Intensive Early Intervention Program (the IEIP), which provided or funded Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) for children with autism ages two to five, and the absence of such a program in the school system.
- The Council for Canadians with Disabilities on Charter intervention in the Supreme Court of Canada in connection with the challenge to the propriety of certain government of Ontario welfare rules which disqualified recipients from receiving social assistance if another adult in the household earned a threshold level of income from a job.
Stikeman Elliott also takes an active role in the community through volunteer involvement and sponsorship. In 2006 we became a professional services firm founding member of Imagine Canada, a nationally recognized organization geared towards promoting programs that encourage corporate giving, volunteering and community support. Imagine Canada challenges corporations to give back 1% of their pre-tax profits to the community as well as to become more involved in their communities through volunteer work.
The following are among the many organizations and events across Canada in which we are involved: