Stikeman Elliott reaffirms its commitment to pro bono initiatives in light of the pandemic

November 20, 2020

This year, many of Stikeman Elliott’s charitable pro bono clients reaffirmed their commitments to supporting their communities, and we were proud to offer the firm’s full support behind their inspiring efforts. Despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, countless organizations across the country have risen to the occasion.

Stikeman Elliott works with pro bono clients that often rely on direct physical contact in their day-to-day operations. Due to government mandated shutdowns, new guidelines, and to ensure the safety of all, these organizations have had to reinvent their approach to allow for social distancing. Many switched to a virtual format for the first time in their history.

Now more than ever, the firm’s pro bono clients require our support to keep them going. In an effort to spotlight their important work, Toronto partners David McCarthy and Mario Nigro each sat down with leaders of non-profit organizations, who are also valued pro bono clients of the firm, for a conversation surrounding the challenges they faced throughout the pandemic and how they have overcome such obstacles to meet their goals.

In the following videos, Clay Charters, President and CEO of the Santa Claus Parade, and Mary Gordon, Founder and President of Roots of Empathy, discuss the initial impact of the pandemic on their organizations, how they adapted to the uncertain environment that followed, and what they have learned during the process that will ensure the continuity of their charitable efforts in the years to come.

Toronto partner David McCarthy and the firm have long worked with the Santa Claus Parade, a not-for-profit organization that has been spreading holiday joy for over 100 years. Since 1913, the parade has been made possible not through public funding, but with the help of thousands of volunteers, sponsors, and the pro bono work and partnership of organizations including Stikeman Elliott.

To learn more about the great tradition of the Santa Claus Parade and/or to make a donation, click here.


Toronto partner Mario Nigro and the firm have a longstanding relationship with Roots of Empathy, a classroom program in Toronto with a mission to build caring, peaceful and civil societies through the development of empathy in children and adults. Since 1996, the program has reached over one million children with the help of donors, volunteers and the pro bono work and partnership of organizations like Stikeman Elliott.

To learn more about the inspiring mission behind Roots of Empathy and/or to make a donation, click here.

Dedicating our time, talent and resources to initiatives that empower our communities, like the Santa Clause Parade and Roots of Empathy, is a large part of our firm’s standing commitment to corporate citizenship. Through the pandemic, we have continued our tradition of community involvement and are committed to serving the needs of our communities by continuing to build impactful programs.

To learn more about Stikeman Elliott’s community involvement initiatives, click here.