Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Staff at Blake, Cassels & Graydon's annual women's event  

Recognized as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2024):

Here are some of the reasons why Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP was selected as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2024):

  • 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
  • Blake, Cassels & Graydon expanded its health care plan offerings to better meet the needs of employees, adding enhanced fertility benefits (doubling its lifetime policy limit for fertility services and medications to $30,000) as well as access to Lumino, a virtual health care platform that enables 24/7 access to health care professionals via a mobile or web app
Blake, Cassels & Graydon employees at a staff appreciation breakfast  

Highlights

Industry Law firm
Established in Canada 1856
Parent company Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Parent company head office Toronto ON
Major Canadian locations Montréal QC, Ottawa ON, Toronto ON, Calgary AB, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 1,361
Part-time employees in Canada 45
Average age of employees in Canada 40.6 years
Longest serving employee 47.3 years
Benefits note Blakes has multiple employee groups, the following programs and policies may vary by position
Flexible work options hybrid work option, flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), compressed work week, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), 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
Wellness spending account up to $650 each year
Mental health practitioner benefit up to $5,000 each year
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 8 weeks
Adoption top-up 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 Top Employers for Young People (2024):

Here are some of the reasons why Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2024):

  • 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 an 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 manages one of the largest law student programs in Canada, hiring summer students each year and giving them the freedom to choose two practice areas to rotate through over the course of the summer -- each student is also paired with a dedicated mentor who ensures they have a smooth transition and receive interesting assignments
  • Blake, Cassels & Graydon launched the Black@Blakes Internship that provides three Black-identifying law students each year with paid internships at 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
Blake, Cassels & Graydon summer students volunteer at Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto  

Highlights

Industry Law firm
Major Canadian locations Montréal QC, Ottawa ON, Toronto ON, Calgary AB, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 1,361
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, rotations for articling students (each rotation lasting several months, may complete a secondment with a client or external organization), business services co-op program
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, Black@Blakes Internship (3 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), 'Diversi-Tea' (focuses on issues faced by students and associates from diverse backgrounds)
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 (2024):

Here are some of the reasons why Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2024):

  • 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
  • The Black@Blakes internal network is dedicated to promoting inclusion and supporting the advancement of Black legal professionals, with members contributing to various initiatives at the firm including annual Black History Month client events and anti-racism training -- the firm also launched a dedicated Black@Blakes internship for Black-identifying law students in 2020
  • In the past year, Blake, Cassels & Graydon launched a diversity survey for all of its business services team to collect aggregated and anonymized data -- the results will help inform the firm's training, mentoring and diversity-related programs
Blake, Cassels & Graydon staff attend the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers' annual gala  

Highlights

Industry Law firm
Major Canadian locations Montréal QC, Ottawa ON, Toronto ON, Calgary AB, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 1,361
Performance management and accountability demographic surveys for legal professionals, recently conducted a diversity survey for business services teams to identify gaps, measure successes and inform training, mentoring and diversity-related programs
Employee resource groups Women@Blakes Network (est. 2007), Pride@Blakes, Diversity Network (est. 2014), New Mothers and Parents Network, Black@Blakes, SouthAsian@Blakes (est. 2021), EastAsian@Blakes
Recruitment initiatives BMO & Blakes Indigenous Summer Student program (partnership to provide work experience in a business law environment), diversity and inclusion pre-law internship (offered in partnership with University of Toronto and York University), Black@Blakes internship program, participates in Avenue (Black undergraduate law internship program), 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 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, numerous initiatives to increase women representation in general counsel roles, including a dedicated Women GCs on Boards program, offers coaching to parents in advance of, during and returning to work from leaves, new mothers and parents network, Preparing for Rain roundtable (prepared mid- and senior-level women associates and patent agents build business development skills), interactive workshops for BIPOC women in-house counsel on career growth and advancement
Training and awareness initiatives anti-Black racism training, unconscious bias, inclusive leadership training, intercultural competency, Diversi-Tea (open discussion on issues related to race, sexual orientation, disability, gender and socioeconomic background), how to be an ally events, annual firm-wide Diversity Day celebration, mental health awareness initiatives, annual Women's Event, trans inclusion seminar in law
Diversity highlights 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), Coffee Breaks with Blakes (virtual networking connects underrepresented students with Blakes lawyers)

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