Our Culture

Thrive in our progressive work environment

Work with great people

People comment on it as soon as they meet us – our collegial atmosphere and friendly and open office culture are tangible elements of our welcoming work environment. This approach is collaborative and team-centred. Many lawyers tell us that our smaller size is a clear benefit – offering personal exposure to matters and clients that their peers at other law firms simply do not have.

Everyone here wants to be at their very best. Collectively, we are committed to the highest levels of professional excellence but our colleagues are still down to earth. New ideas are welcome and encouraged. As a Stikeman Elliott associate, you will have real input into the nature of your work and environment.

Our lawyers are genuinely enthusiastic about working together to achieve the best results for our clients. This culture of teamwork extends beyond practice groups or the office – Calgary associates regularly collaborate with colleagues throughout the firm.

Enjoy a positive social environment

One of the secrets to Stikeman Elliott’s success as a law firm is that we truly enjoy each other’s company. Thanks to our congenial atmosphere and smaller size, you will develop personal connections with colleagues who will welcome you into the office. We reinforce the fabric of our firm through celebrations of achievements, big and small. We host a wide variety of events throughout the year that appeal to a range of interests such as holiday celebrations, fund-raisers and other charitable events, not to mention a variety of firm and client events in conjunction with the Calgary Stampede, firm dinners and afternoon social events.

Our commitment to diversity is real — you can be yourself here

We have great respect for our people as individuals. We engage and encourage individual talents and interests and are committed to promoting diversity within our firm, the profession and our communities.

As such, many concrete steps have been taken to support diversity in all its forms. We are proud of our multi-year recognition as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers and continually refine and improve our efforts.

A commitment to women’s success

Stikeman Elliott is dedicated to fostering the continued engagement of women at all levels of the firm. Female colleagues play an integral role and are respected for their leadership and management skills within both the firm and the profession.

In Calgary, we have implemented a number of programs that support women in their pursuit of career goals. We also offer a full range of progressive maternity leave and return-to-work policies for women who are parents.