Aird & Berlis is committed to the advancement of women, both within our firm and in the legal profession in general. Our female partners play a leading role in all aspects of the firm, as members of our Executive Committee, practice group leaders and client team leads.
Aird & Berlis was early to recognize and respond to the needs of our women lawyers, by introducing a comprehensive maternity leave policy and facilitating flexible work arrangements. Our Women’s Initiative, which has been in existence for many years, emphasizes mentorship and networking, and also provides our women lawyers with opportunities for leadership, both internally and within the broader legal community.
Aird & Berlis is a founding member of the Justicia Project, which promotes the retention and advancement of women in the legal profession.
Since 2007, we have been partnering with the Women’s Law Association of Ontario (WLAO) on the WLAO/Aird & Berlis LLP Equality Award. This monetary award, funded by the firm and awarded on an annual basis, recognizes a female law student for her commitment to advancing equality rights.
We provide financial and other support for important women’s initiatives at the law schools, including the Osgoode Hall Women’s Network and the University of Toronto’s Women’s Law Association.
We continue to be a proud supporter of various conferences and events focused on women’s advancement and leadership, including the Women in Leadership Conference, Women of Influence Luncheon Series and Women in Energy Leadership Conference.
We connect regularly with our female clients and industry members by hosting women’s networking events. We highlight the achievements of successful women in industry and law through our “Powerful Women” series hosted on our firm’s Energy Insider website. And we focus on important women’s issues through several webinar series, including Women and Wellness, and Women in Business.