Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Recognized as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2023):

Here are some of the reasons why Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP was selected as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2023):

  • Blake, Cassels & Graydon is committed to supporting mental health, offering generous mental health care coverage (to $5,000) and providing free access to MindBeacon (internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy), Dialogue (24/7 virtual health care services), and LifeSpeak (online education on topics such as mental health, stress management and resilience)
  • Blake, Cassels & Graydon recently added a flexible workplace wellness reimbursement policy that reimburses employees for a wide variety of wellness-related activities and programs not covered by its health care plan -- eligible expenses include fitness programs, jogging or cycling strollers, fitness tracking tools, health-related apps, such as meditation or sleep apps, and registration fees for sports teams or events

Highlights

Industry Law firm
Established in Canada 1856
Major Canadian hiring locations Montréal QC, Ottawa ON, Toronto ON, Calgary AB, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 1,340
Part-time employees in Canada 70
Average age of employees in Canada 43 years
Longest serving employee 46 years
Benefits note Blakes has multiple employee groups, the following programs and policies may vary by position
Hybrid work formal remote working policy, currently all employees follow a hybrid work model
Flexible work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting
Long-term savings defined-contribution (DC) pension
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Mental health practitioner benefit up to $5,000 each year
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 8 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 100% of salary for 8 weeks
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
In-house training initiatives in-house training, online training, mentoring, paid internships
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 75% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $5,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 1 paid day)

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2022):

Here are some of the reasons why Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2022):

  • For over a decade, Blake, Cassels & Graydon has provided support, mentorship, client development, networking opportunities, and personal and professional resources for its female employees through the "Women@Blakes" network -- the network maintains an internal website, publishes quarterly newsletters, and organizes seminars and events, including an annual women's client event
  • Blake, Cassels & Graydon maintains a strong focus on creating diverse pipelines for recruitment, recently establishing "Coffee Breaks with Blakes," a series of virtual networking sessions targeting underrepresented students from equity deserving groups and supports University of Toronto's "See Yourself Here" event for high school students who identify with communities that are underrepresented in Canadian legal education and the profession, such as individuals from low-income backgrounds, students whose parents did not attend university, students of colour and LGBTQI2S+ students
  • In light of the pandemic, Blake, Cassels & Graydon provided dedicated mental health training to help leaders communicate with employees who may be struggling with their mental health, in addition to transitioning the firm's on-site counselling program to telephone sessions
Employees at Blake, Cassels & Graydon celebrated Diversity Day in the Toronto office  

Highlights

Industry Law firm
Major Canadian hiring locations Montréal QC, Ottawa ON, Toronto ON, Calgary AB, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 1,333
Performance management and accountability diversity survey
Employee resource groups Women@Blakes Network (est. 2007), Pride@Blakes, Diversity Network (est. 2014), New Mothers and Parents Network, Black@Blakes
Noteworthy diversity strategies and policies helped create a best practices guide for lawyers working with Indigenous peoples, name pronunciation tool for Blakes.com
Recruitment initiatives diversity and inclusion pre-law internship (offered in partnership with University of Toronto and York University), Blakes Indigenous Summer Student program (partnership to provide work experience in a business law environment), internships for Black law students and undergraduate students, ReLaunch in partnership with CIBC (program focuses on reintegrating female lawyers who have left the workforce for 2 or more years)
Retention and development programs numerous initiatives to increase women representation in general counsel roles, including a dedicated Women GCs on Boards program, implemented a work allocation system to ensure junior associates are given the same opportunity to work on different types of legal work and exposure working with different legal professionals
Training and awareness initiatives anti-Black racism training, unconscious bias and inclusive leadership training, intercultural competency, how to be an ally events, mental health awareness initiatives, annual firm-wide Diversity Day celebration, annual Women's Event, Diversi-Tea (open discussion on issues related to race, sexual orientation, disability, gender and socioeconomic background)
Diversity highlights offers free access to a registered psychotherapist (virtual access during the pandemic), as well as MindBeacon (app-based therapy), participates in Law in Action Within Schools (LAWS) to provide mentorship to high school students who face barriers to achieving academic and career goals (also offers a summer law internship through LAWS), participates in Canadian Lawyers Abroad's Dare to Dream program encouraging Canadian law firms and businesses to offer Aboriginal high school students mentoring and internships
Highlights from the past year increased mental health benefit coverage from $3,000 to $5,000 per year, established Coffee Breaks with Blakes (virtual networking for underrepresented students from equity groups including Black, Asian and LGBTQI2S+ students)

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2023):

Here are some of the reasons why Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2023):

  • In 2020, Blake, Cassels & Graydon launched the Black@Blakes Internship that provides four Black-identifying law students paid internships with the firm, with the aim of reducing the financial hardship of pursuing a legal education -- the firm also recently partnered with the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers, Ontario Bar Association, and other professional service firms to develop the Avenue: Black Undergraduate Law Internship program for Black students across Canada interested in a legal career
  • Every year, Blake, Cassels & Graydon hires first-year associates from its articling class and other law firms, who undergo a dedicated orientation program -- young lawyers benefit from the firm's work allocation system, which facilitates equitable distribution of work assignments and provides opportunities to gain a broad range of experiences, including connecting with multiple partners and senior associates
  • Blake, Cassels & Graydon also supports students through a dedicated articling student professional development program, which provides the necessary tools to become a successful lawyer through sessions on diversity and inclusion, legal drafting, networking and technology, to name a few

Highlights

Industry Law firm
Major Canadian hiring locations Montréal QC, Ottawa ON, Toronto ON, Calgary AB, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 1,340
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships
In-house training programs orientation program, in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, mentoring, leadership training
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 75% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $5,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Unique training and development opportunities robust orientation programs for co-op, articling and summer students, each office manages a student professional development program with lunch and learns, formalized legal assistant mentorship program for co-op students, Diversity and Inclusion Pre-Law Internship for undergraduate students, BMO & Blakes Indigenous Summer Student Program for an Indigenous undergraduate student, co-op and work-term placements for administrative staff, rotations for articling students (each rotation lasting several months, may complete a secondment with a client or external organization), students in the Montréal office are assigned a "buddy" (younger associate who has experienced summer and articling, answers day-to-day questions and supports the student during the term)
Additional highlights established a $1-million national scholarship and awards program to help finance legal education for students in 16 law schools through the Blakes Scholar Award, has participated in the Law in Action Within Schools program for over 10 years (diverse high schools pair students interested in the law with practical work experience in firms), 5-year commitment to donate $1,000 annually to the Viola Desmond Student Award and Bursary Program (selected recipients demonstrate a commitment to empowering the Black community at Toronto Metropolitan University and within the wider culture), Black@Blakes Internship (4 Black-identifying law students offered paid internships), Avenue: Black Undergraduate Law Internship Program (offered in partnership with the Law Firm Diversity and Inclusion Network, Legal Leaders for Diversity and Inclusion, the Ontario Bar Association and other professional service firms)
Dedicated employee resource group dedicated student committees comprised of associates and partners who develop a fulfilling student experience
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

The Career Directory

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Blake, Cassels & Graydon summer students at the Vancouver office

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Law firm
Full-time employees in Canada 1,001 to 2,500
Major Canadian hiring locations Montréal QC, Ottawa ON, Toronto ON, Calgary AB, Vancouver BC
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services, leadership training
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $5,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 1 paid day)
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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