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Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Blake, Cassels & Graydon employees attend a panel on empowering women in legal careers at Queen's University  

Recognized as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2021):

Here are some of the reasons why Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP was selected as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2021):

  • Blake, Cassels & Graydon increased its mental health benefit coverage to $3,000 per year and arranged to have a counsellor onsite at its Toronto office on a biweekly basis to further facilitate employee access to mental health resources -- additionally, the firm hosts seminars and podcasts on topics such as stress management, healthy eating and physical fitness
  • In 2019, Blake, Cassels & Graydon spent approximately $1.5-million in training and development for employees across Canada, from onboarding initiatives for new recruits to orientation programs as employees advance in their careers and national professional development seminars with programming on a variety of topics
  • Blake, Cassels & Graydon offers employees across the firm opportunities to contribute ideas to improve client service or efficiency through the unique "BrightIdeas@Blakes" initiative
2019 summer students at Blake, Cassels & Graydon volunteer for Lawyers Feed the Hungry  

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 1,370
Part-time employees in Canada 98
Average age of employees in Canada 41 years
Longest serving employee 44 years
Benefits note Blakes has multiple employee groups, the following programs and policies may vary by position
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
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, reduced summer hours
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 12 months
Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
In-house training initiatives in-house training, online training, leadership 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)

COVID-19

Pandemic response transitioned workforce to work-from-home arrangements (approximately 900 employees were already equipped as a result of work-from-home initiatives in 2019), offered virtual summer student opportunities (80 students with onboarded virtually across Canada)

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2021):

Here are some of the reasons why Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2021):

  • 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
  • Both summer and articling students receive a mentor (who ensure students are integrated into their respective practice group) and are invited to Coffee Talks, typically led by members of the student committee, which discuss workload, capacity and other topics of interest
  • Summer students at Blake, Cassels & Graydon are paired with a junior lawyer who acts as their host and participate in a professional development program, which features exposure to different practice areas -- after each rotation, students are asked to identify legal professionals who can evaluate their work performance, with feedback discussed at a meeting with the student, the director and a member of the firm's student committee
Articling students at Blake, Cassels & Graydon attended a fundraising event for the Stephen Lewis Foundation in 2019, in recognition of World AIDS Day  

Highlights

Industry Law firm
Major Canadian hiring locations Montréal QC, Ottawa ON, Toronto ON, Calgary AB, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 1,370
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, co-op and work-term placements for administrative staff, 4-month rotations for articling students (may complete a secondment with a client or external organization), 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, hosts a “Things I Wish I Knew When I Was in First Year,” discussion with junior associates sharing tips with new associates about their first year of practice
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, 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 Ryerson and within the wider culture), participates in the Dare to Dream program by Canadian Lawyers Abroad (connects Aboriginal high school students with law firms and businesses to offer outreach, mentoring and internship opportunities), 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)
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

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2021):

Here are some of the reasons why Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2021):

  • 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 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 LGBTQ+ students
  • Blake, Cassels & Graydon provided dedicated mental health training for leaders in light of the pandemic to help them communicate with employees who may be struggling with their mental health and compounded by uncertain times, in addition to moving 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 1,370
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives Chief Officer, Professional Resources
Formal commitment diversity and inclusion committee
Recruitment initiatives diversity and inclusion pre-law internship (offered in partnership with University of Toronto and York University), BMO & Blakes Indigenous Summer Student program (partnership to provide work experience in a business law environment), is implementing 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
Employee resource groups Women@Blakes Network (est. 2007), Pride@Blakes, Diversity Network (est. 2014), New Mothers and Parents Network, Black@Blakes
Training and awareness anti-Black racism training, unconscious bias and inclusive leadership training, intercultural competency, LGBTQ+ ally awareness workshops, mental health awareness initiatives
Diversity highlights annual firm-wide Diversity Day celebration, 12th annual Women's Event, helped create a best practices guide for lawyers working with Indigenous peoples, 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
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships BlackNorth Initiative Law Firm Pledge (signatory), Law Firm Antiracism Alliance (supports pro bono work to address systemic racism), Law Firm Diversity and Inclusion Network (member), Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion, Progress Place (mental health, employment partner), Judy Project (participant), 30% Club (signatory), Catalyst Accord (signatory), Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers, Canadian Association of Black Lawyers, 160 Girls Project (offers research and litigation support)

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 available in diversity and inclusion, aviation, and knowledge management, paid internships, summer jobs, co-op placements available in information technology, finance and accounting, marketing, human resources, records and retention, innovation/knowledge management, and legal services, 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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