Dentons Canada LLP
Nolan, Sarah, Kelly and Katherine, members of Dentons Canada's national operations team   (Photo credit: Kyrts Michael)

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2024), Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2024) and Alberta's Top Employers (2024):

Here are some of the reasons why Dentons Canada LLP was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2024), Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2024) and Alberta's Top Employers (2024):

  • Dentons Canada hosts a Team Appreciation Week each spring to formally recognize the hard work and dedication of its employees -- social activities from the most recent celebration include a candle making workshop, spa days, a photo treasure hunt, happy hour with mocktails and cocktails, and a Cabane à sucre breakfast
  • Dentons Canada helps employees prepare for the longer term with retirement planning assistance and matching RSP contributions -- employees also have the option to transition to the next chapter with phased-in work options, gradually reducing hours prior to retirement
  • Dentons Canada offers exceptional family-friendly benefits, including adoption assistance (to $15,000), fertility treatment support (to $15,000) as well as maternity and parental leave top-ups for all new parents (to 100 per cent of salary for up to 26 weeks)
Dentons Canada employees Rada (left) and Alex (right) attend the organization's strategy launch in Calgary  

Employer Background

Industry Law firm
Established in Canada 1839
Parent company Dentons LLP
Parent company head office decentralized
Major Canadian locations Toronto ON, Vancouver BC, Calgary AB, Edmonton AB, Ottawa ON, Montréal QC
Full-time employees in Canada 1,415
Part-time employees in Canada 69
Full-time employees worldwide 21,811
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 6.7%
Average age of employees in Canada 43.6 years
Longest serving employee 47.7 years

Work Environment Rating: B

Flexible work options hybrid work option, flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), telecommuting, reduced summer hours
Commuter amenities walk to public transit, transit subsidies, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, nearby bike sharing station
Onsite workplace features office space occupies the top three floors of Bankers Court and features meeting rooms, conference and training rooms, kitchens, collaboration rooms and lounges, a wellness room, telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, religious observance room, outdoor patio
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music, television
Other food options at main location 400-seat food hall with 10 different restaurants and eateries accessible through the nearby +15 walkway system

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: A

Employee social committee name Dentons Social Committee (varies by location)
Past social events Learn to Curl sessions, weekly Thursday socials, pancake breakfasts, cider tasting, World Cup watch party, Pride barbecue, Team Appreciation Week events (photo treasure hunt, offsite and onsite lunches, spa days, candle making workshop, Cabane à sucre breakfast, happy hour with mocktails and cocktails)
Cultural aspects business-casual dress daily, dress-for-your-day policy, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, music while working, concierge services available, employee sports teams, organized social activities for retirees
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: B+

Financial benefits note Dentons Canada LLP has multiple employee groups, financial benefits may vary by position
Outside salary surveys participates in outside salary surveys every 12 months
Employee salary reviews individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months
Long-term savings matching RSP
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Referral bonuses (max) new employee referral bonuses (up to $15,000) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits corporate discount program (e.g. retail, services, travel, etc.), discounted auto insurance, some employees receive subsidized cell phone service, discounts on a variety of daily automotive expenses, including gas, insurance, rentals, and new car purchases

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: A

Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Flexible coverage health plan is flexible with adjustable premiums and coverage levels
Minimum hours worked for coverage 21 hours per week
Waiting period there is no waiting period for coverage
Family coverage option yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
Eyecare $250 every 2 years
Health plan includes traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs), employee assistance (EAP) plan, semi-private hospital room, physiotherapy, medical travel insurance, homecare, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, nutrition planning, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. acupuncture, naturopathy), virtual healthcare services
Mental health practitioner benefit up to $2,500 each year
Fitness club subsidy up to $750 each year
Additional health plan information flex credits can be allocated to health and wellness spending accounts, gender affirmation benefits (to $25,000 per lifetime)
Additional health and wellness initiatives mental health first aid training, wellness report survey (personalized health reports are shared with participants)
In vitro fertilization (IVF) $15,000 per lifetime
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 17 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 9 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 100% of salary for 26 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 100% of salary for 26 weeks
Adoption assistance subsidy up to $15,000 per child
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave, phased-in return to work for new parents
Additional family-friendly information compassionate leave top-up to 100% of salary is offered on a case-by-case basis

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: B+

Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 5 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 7 weeks of vacation over their career
Previous experience considers previous work experience when setting annual vacation for new employees
Paid summer shutdown employees receive 1 day off during the summer months
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 5 personal days off each year, as needed
Company paid days off employees receive 1 personal day off, as determined by their employer
Unpaid leave of absence option yes

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: A

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
Managers receive performance review training yes
360° feedback option as part of the review process, performance feedback is also solicited from co-workers and other managers familiar with each employee's work
Confidential employee feedback employees can also provide confidential feedback on their manager's performance
Exit interview exit interview option is available for departing employees
Performance recognition online recognition platform, individual performance bonuses, on-the-spot rewards, peer-to-peer recognition awards, long-service awards, tailored and unique rewards (e.g. travel)
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 6 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 48 months

Training & Skills Development Rating: A

Career planning in-house career planning services, online employee skills inventory
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, mentoring, in-house training, online training, leadership development programs, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation, mentoring to transfer retirees' skills
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Unrelated tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year for courses unrelated to current position
Unique training & development programs dedicated learning and development centre of excellence team that creates customized education programs for Dentons, learning management system features over 490 specialized internal courses, Foundation Education Series for newly admitted lawyers, national mentoring program for associates and students

Community Involvement Rating: A

Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 6,250 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 62 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported 30 Birds Foundation, YesHelp, Calgary Food Bank, Share the Warmth, Royal Alexandra Hospital, Canadian Mental Health Association, The Heart and Stroke Foundation, The University Hospital Foundation, Kids Up Front, The Audain Art Museum, The Canadian Red Cross Society
Charitable giving matches employee donations

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2023):

Here are some of the reasons why Dentons Canada LLP was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2023):

  • Dentons Canada has introduced a number of dedicated plastic use reduction and elimination efforts, including stopping the use of plastic straws and single-use plastic cutlery and the introduction of soft plastics recycling for plastic bags, food and consumer packaging wraps, dry-cleaning bags and bubble wrap
  • Dentons Canada's new head office is located in the LEED Gold certified Stantec Tower -- the tallest building in Edmonton, the tower offers many green features, including rainwater collection, state-of-the art LED lighting, low-flow water fixtures, and nearly 200 bicycle racks as well as full shower and locker facilities for cycle commuters -- additionally, the firm provides equipment for proper home office set-ups when employees choose to cut the commute and work from home
  • Dentons Canada encourages employees to consider two-wheeled commuting through support for the annual Bike to Work Week, access to a beginner bike maintenance session, a learn-to-ride (safely) fall riding session and easy access to bike-sharing services -- a dedicated active movement app that encourages employees to keep moving and reduce their carbon footprints by walking, running or cycling to work was also introduced
Dentons Canada employees attend a Calgary Stampede event  

Highlights

Industry Law firm
Major Canadian locations Toronto ON, Vancouver BC, Calgary AB, Edmonton AB, Ottawa ON, Montréal QC
Full-time employees in Canada 1,357
Part-time employees in Canada 68
Employee green team Safety Workplace Improvement Sustainability and Health (SWISH) Committee
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Chief Risk Officer and Chief Financial Officer
Formal strategy/policy name Sustainable Operations Plan (Vancouver), environmental, social and governance (ESG) practice area
Publishes sustainability report yes
Green highlights Work Green Live Clean (Toronto office initiative to encourage environmentally sustainable behaviours)
Building footprint includes rainwater collection, green roof, electric vehicle charging stations, LED lighting for desks and offices, motion sensor lighting in common areas, desktop computers set to automatic sleep mode, living roof (Toronto), additional LEED Certified buildings in Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa, Toronto, Montréal
Extended recycling office supplies (reuse program and donates unused supplies to schools), e-waste, organics, soft plastics (shopping bags to bubble wrap to frozen food bags), single use plastics phased-out
Commuter amenities easy access to Bike Share (Toronto), bike repair stations at some offices, walk to public transit, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, transit subsidies
Community partnerships TD Centre's Green Council (part of the tenant advisory committee at the Toronto office), Earth Hour, Ocean Wise Sustainable Seafood (program to encourage support of restaurants that are members)

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2024):

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

  • Dentons Canada's articling student program is composed of two to four rotations, with participants assigned an articling principal (a partner) and a mentor (an associate) for their term
  • Dentons Canada maintains the Foundations Education Series, a dedicated curriculum for new lawyers throughout their first three years of practice that focuses on the development of core competencies across all areas of practice through skills boot camps and seminars
  • Dentons Canada's Toronto office also manages a secondment program, where second-year and articling students have the opportunity to spend a rotation with a client or other organization to further diversify their skills and experience
Jonathan, an articling student at Dentons Canada  

Highlights

Industry Law firm
Major Canadian locations Toronto ON, Vancouver BC, Calgary AB, Edmonton AB, Ottawa ON, Montréal QC
Full-time employees in Canada 1,415
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, online employee skills inventory, mentoring, leadership training, apprenticeship/skilled trades programs
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Unique training and development opportunities dedicated student development professionals and a student committee manage the law and business student programs, student curriculum includes ongoing coaching and guidance from a senior leader, learning sessions and seminars on a variety of topics (legal ethics, drafting and writing skills, to name a few), employees have access to online business, diversity and mental health learning modules, networking opportunities with senior leaders, access to roundtables, seminars and conferences, Foundations Education Series (professional development program for lawyers in their first three years of practice, includes full-day skills bootcamp and seminar series), students are encouraged to participate in global NextTalent training sessions, secondment program
Additional highlights participates in the Law in Action Within Schools program, various moot competitions for students to practice their skills through simulated court, students accredited outside of Canada can apply to the firm through the internationally trained lawyer program, partnered with other law firms to develop Avenue (12-week internship program for Black undergraduate students), students can provide support to equity-deserving groups through the pro bono program, Student Recruitment Playbook (defines a structured interview process, ensuring candidates are assessed against the same metrics to remove bias from the hiring process, "What to Expect" document distributed to candidates to level the playing field for those who are less familiar with the recruitment process), one- to two-week student orientation with meet and greets, policy overviews and training opportunities
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 Dentons Canada LLP was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2024):

  • Dentons Canada maintains an Inclusion and Diversity Framework with three key areas of focus (gender advancement, anti-Black racism, and Indigenous reconciliation) and developed an action-oriented Standing up Against Anti-Black Racism strategy to help drive change
  • Dentons Canada supports a WomenLEAD affinity group (Leadership, Entrepreneurism, Advancement, and Development) to create opportunities for professional development (business development planning, mentoring, networking and client events) -- and recently launched a 12-month global women's sponsorship pilot program to help women advance into senior leadership roles (Canada has four participating protégés and sponsors, including the new Canadian CEO)
  • Dentons Canada recently introduced gender affirmation benefits for all eligible employees in Canada, which includes coverage up to $25,000 per lifetime -- a new advisory group was also introduced, focused on transgender and non-binary individuals, to create a safe space where individuals can share their experiences
Dentons Canada team members connect at work  

Highlights

Industry Law firm
Major Canadian locations Toronto ON, Vancouver BC, Calgary AB, Edmonton AB, Ottawa ON, Montréal QC
Full-time employees in Canada 1,415
Management of diversity and inclusion initiatives inclusion and diversity council with leads from offices and affinity groups, inclusion and diversity framework (strategic focus areas: gender advancement, addressing anti-Black racism and Indigenous reconciliation), Canadian director of inclusion, diversity and equity
Performance management and accountability requires ID&E-related goals and objectives for all global management committee members, as well as senior leadership roles, diversity data on gender, sexual orientation, persons with disabilities, Indigenous and visible minority/ethnic identities, committed to 30% representation from underrepresented groups, internal targets to support the career progression of women and underrepresented professionals, and Black representation in senior leadership roles, committed to 33% female representation in partnership and key leadership positions, committed and exceeded representation of women on the board (currently 46%)
Employee resource groups WomenLEAD (Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Advancement and Development), Black Professionals Network, GLOW Canada (2SLGBTQ+)
Noteworthy diversity strategies and policies provides 26-week top-up to all eligible staff of all genders and adoptive parents, anti-Black racism strategy, Indigenous inclusion working group, comprehensive Coming Out at Dentons guide which includes 2SLGBTQ+-specific resources for employees on topics such as LGBTQ adoption in Ontario, 2SLGBTQ+ parenting, and gender expression information for parents (to name a few), regional sexual orientation and gender identity policy and procedure, global requests for proposal (RFP) and panel diversity policy (to help ensure that client teams put forward for RFPs are diverse in composition, and that teams participating in client pitch meetings will be diverse in composition)
Recruitment initiatives mandatory unconscious bias training for employees who participate in recruitment, participates in Progress Place Clubhouse's transitional employment program for individuals with mental illness, partners with Inclusion Alberta to create employment opportunities for people with disabilities, Toronto office participates in the Law in Action within Schools program, participates in the Avenue internship program for Black students (in partnership with Legal Leaders for Diversity and Inclusion and Law Firm Diversity and Inclusion Network)
Retention and development programs launched a 12-month global women's sponsorship pilot program (Canada has 4 participating protégés and sponsors, including the firm's new CEO)
Training and awareness initiatives inclusion training, mandatory harassment and discrimination training, mental health awareness training as well as learning opportunities to increase resilience, the "Take Action!" Anti-Racism and Advocacy Resource Guide" with resources on combating racism, intersectionality, LGBT+ and Black inclusion and allyship, guidebook of over 40 resources to help employees work towards reconciliation, resources to support trans and gender diverse employees (guidelines for understanding gender identity and non-binary identities, concerns impacting trans people, transition, human rights and responsibilities, coming out and transitioning in the workplace), quarterly Dentons Global LGBT+ Newsletter (highlights personal stories, firm initiatives, community programs and LGBT+ recognition), allyship playbook (practical advice and guidance on how to be an effective ally)
Diversity highlights retained an Indigenous-owned consultancy to guide reconciliation (examined current policies with an Indigenous lens and interviewed various teams and stakeholders last year), scholarship program with the Canadian Association of Urban Financial Professionals for Black students, new Dentons-BCN Black Professionals Mentorship Program in collaboration with the Black In-House Counsel network, is completing its 10-year commitment as part of a law firm coalition to fund University of Toronto's Black Future Lawyers program, signatory to the Gender KPI Alliance (commitment to internally track and report on recruitment, advancement and pay equity programs), Dentons Diversity Scholarship with Toronto Community Housing
Highlights from the past year introduced gender affirmation benefits to all employees in Canada (to $25,000 per lifetime), introduced two new advisory groups for transgender and non-binary individuals, and bisexual individuals (membership only open to members who identify as such), established a firmwide working group for the inclusion of people with disabilities, new senior leadership role in Canada (Kimberly Grange, director of inclusion, diversity and equity)

The Career Directory

Dentons Canada LLP has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Members of Dentons Canada's employee softball league, the 'Dentonaters'

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Law firm
Full-time employees in Canada 1,001 to 2,500
Parent company Dentons LLP
Parent company head office decentralized
Major Canadian locations Toronto ON, Vancouver BC, Calgary AB, Edmonton AB, Ottawa ON, Montréal QC
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
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Typical new grad positions Articling Student, Associate, Administrative Assistant, Administrative Coordinator, Articling Students (Lawyer), Billing Coordinator, Data Analyst, Intern (non-law), IT Help Desk Professional, Legal Assistant
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, transit subsidies, employees receive paid time off to volunteer
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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