Community Citizenship

Progressive and involved community citizens

Our people drive community involvement initiatives

Community involvement is a key element of life at the firm and a sense of social responsibility is deeply ingrained at Stikeman Elliott. We are involved at both the firm level and the personal level in a wide variety of causes and organizations that reflect the passions and interests of our people.

All Stikeman Elliott team members are encouraged to engage in their communities and to support charities and groups that matter to them personally. Tell us what issues and organizations are important to you and we’ll help you give back. For example, over the last few years, we have participated in the Défi Canderel (a run through the streets of Montréal to raise money for local cancer research centres), Pedal for Kids (a team of 30 riders pedal on a Mighty Bike to raise funds for the Montréal Children’s Hospital), the CHU Ste-Justine Foundation Winter Triathlon, and the FitSpirit Run (a movement encouraging teenage girls to enjoy the benefits of getting active). Last year alone, we organized more than twenty jeans days at the office, raising tens of thousands of dollars to support many worthy causes including FamiJeune, PalliAmi, Moisson Montréal, MS Bike, and many more.

An active pro bono program

Students, articling students and lawyers participate in a multi-faceted pro bono program, putting our legal expertise to work helping disadvantaged individuals and groups as well as advancing social justice causes.

We contribute by acting as pro bono counsel to a wide variety of organizations, representing a range of marginalized groups before the courts, and sitting on the boards of charities and not-for-profit organizations. For example, over the last few years, students have contributed to the program by giving a few hours per week to the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation, COCQ-SIDA (a support group for people with HIV/AIDS), Parkinson Canada, etc.

We are serious about our green initiatives

A commitment to environmental sustainability is not a recent trend for us. Over the years, we have made real changes in order to reduce Stikeman Elliott’s environmental impact. Since 2008, we have reduced our environmental footprint by 13%, and each year we challenge ourselves to improve on our previous benchmarks.