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Our Commitment

We strive to have a workplace that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve and that fosters a sense of belonging. 

We promote diversity and inclusion through our culture, practices and community partnerships. We endeavour to empower and to create change through education, resources and activities that recognize and celebrate our diversity. We frequently offer complimentary educational programs and resources to our clients, and we regularly engage our firm members with educational programs and activities to enhance inclusion. In the recruitment, retention and advancement of our people, we strive to eliminate barriers and to ensure equality of opportunity for every member of our firm.

We call our firm’s commitment to diversity and inclusion “ABDI.”

Below you will find a number of our firm’s complimentary resources, examples of internal initiatives that illustrate our workplace culture and a list of community partners who support our firm’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

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Initiatives, Insights & Impact

We are proud of the various initiatives that we have spearheaded or participated in, and the impact that members of our firm are making in the community. We recognize and celebrate Black History Month, International Women’s Day, Asian Heritage Month, Pride, National Indigenous Peoples Day and International Day of Persons with Disabilities, among others.

Below you will find information and links to webinars, resources and news about various diversity and inclusion initiatives, insights and events involving our firm and firm members.

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Aird & Berlis/Aird & McBurney Partner With Black Entrepreneurs to Protect and Drive Innovation Tony Sabeta, B.Eng. Mar 18, 2022 Aird & Berlis LLP and Aird & McBurney LP are pleased to announce a strategic collaboration with the Black Entrepreneurship Alliance to provide legal guidance and support for Black entrepreneurs.
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Aird & Berlis Named Excellence Awardee for Canadian Law Awards’ Diversity Initiative Mar 14, 2022 We are delighted to be named an Excellence Awardee for the Canadian Law Awards’ Bereskin & Parr Diversity Initiative of the Year. This award celebrates the steps taken by law firms and law departments to promote diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.
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From the Locker Room to the Boardroom: Empowering Women Through Sport CPD Information: 1 hour of EDI Professionalism Credit Paige Backman, Jennifer A. Bishop, Andrea Skinner and Daria (Dasha) Peregoudova Mar 01, 2022 ACCESS ARCHIVE In recognition of International Women’s Day, hear from four women lawyers whose involvement in sport has positioned them for success in their personal and professional lives, and led to leadership positions in law and on boards of sports organizations. Considerable headway ha...
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Black Women Leaders: Diversity in the Legal Profession CPD Information: 1 hour of EDI Professionalism Credit Pia-Lauren Reece, PhD Feb 17, 2022 ACCESS ARCHIVE External Speakers:  Sarah Coderre - Partner | Lawyer & Co-Founder, Bow River Law LLP Tasha De Freitas - Senior Associate | Lawyer & Patent Agent, Torys LLP Béatrice Ngatcha - Partner | Lawyer & Patent Agent, Lavery Lawyers Join us to hea...
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On-Demand Video - Expect Acceptance: The Story of Transgender Lawyer Angela Swan & Her Daughter Ellen Swan CPD Information: 1.25 hours of EDI Professionalism Credit Andrea Skinner and Angela Swan Nov 18, 2021 ACCESS VIDEO External Speaker: Ellen Swan (she/her), Lawyer - Caravel Law Angela Swan is a lawyer, author and educator who has been practising law in Ontario since the 1960s. With over 50 years of experience, Angela has received numer...
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Women Today: Caregiving, Career, Mental Health & Resilience CPD Information: 1.25 Hours of Professionalism Credit for Lawyers and 1.25 Hours for HRPA and CHRP Members Adria Leung Lim and Meghan A. Cowan Oct 19, 2021 ACCESS ARCHIVE External Speaker: Andrea Sadler, Occupational Therapist and Psychotherapist -  Women's College Hospital Women working in all professions have felt an unprecedented impact on their health and career over the last year and a half. Between balancing caregiving at home and wo...
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Indigenous Business Leaders Talk Employment, Industry & Growth CPD Information: 1.25 Substantive Hour for Lawyers, 45 minutes for HRPA and CHRP Members Kimberly Thomas Jun 23, 2021 External Speakers:  Laurie Froman, Director - Grand River Employment and Training Scott Hill, Vice President - Original Traders Energy ACCESS ARCHIVE ...
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The LGBTQ2+ Family: Family Law, Family Status & Workplace Accommodation CPD Information: 1.25 Substantive Hours for Lawyers, 1.25 Hours for HRPA and CHRP Members Lorenzo Lisi Jun 17, 2021 External Speakers: Sara R. Cohen, Fertility Lawyer - Fertility Law Canada Sandeep Nair, Manager of Business Operations - Pride at Work Canada ACCESS ARCHIVE  The passing of the Civil Marriage Act (Bill C-38) in Canada...
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Then and Now: Legal and Legislative Challenges Faced by Asian-Canadians CPD: 15 minutes of EDI Professionalism Credit for Lawyers Lynn Tay May 13, 2021 External Speakers: Avvy Go - Clinic Director, Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic Angie Wong - Adjunct Professor, Lakehead University Indigenous Learning Department ACCESS ARCHIVE ...
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Aird & Berlis Shortlisted for Chambers D&I Awards: North America 2021 Apr 19, 2021 We are delighted to be shortlisted for the Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Awards: North America 2021 in the Canada Private Practice – Firm Award category.
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Happy Lunar New Year! Hansen Wong Feb 12, 2021 The date of the Lunar New Year is determined by the lunar calendar, falling on the second new moon after the winter solstice. Though celebrated in winter for most of Asia, the Lunar New Year is popularly known as the Spring Festival because it marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring.
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Aird & Berlis Signs BlackNorth Initiative Law Firm Pledge Andrea Skinner Dec 23, 2020 As part of our ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion, Aird & Berlis LLP has signed the BlackNorth Initiative (“BNI”) Law Firm Pledge. We are proud to be a part of this important initiative and to put our name behind these individual and collective commitments.
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Stories from Canadian Para Athletes: Waiting for Game Day CPD Information: 1.25 Substantive Hours for Lawyers Daria (Dasha) Peregoudova Dec 03, 2020 External Speakers:  Camille Bérubé - Two-Time Paralympian, Swimming Tara Llanes - ParaPan Champion, Wheelchair Basketball Josh Vander Vies - Retired Paralympic Medallist, Boccia ACCESS ARCHIVE In recognition o...
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Women Leaders in the Post-Pandemic World of Business: Surviving to Thriving CPD Information: 1 Substantive Hour for Lawyers Jacqueline (Jack) Goslett and Pamela Miehls Nov 26, 2020 External Speakers: Rebecca Kacaba - CEO and Co-Founder, DealMaker Joyce Lim - Founder, Sprout Collection Ltd. Julie Phillips - Partner and President, Flat Iron Building Group Inc. Carol Wilding - President & CEO, Chartered Professional Account...
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Mental Health in the Workplace: The Impact of COVID-19 CPD Information: 1.5 Professionalism Hours for Lawyers, 1.5 Hours for CHRP and HRPA Members Lorenzo Lisi and Andrea Skinner Oct 07, 2020 External Speaker: Dr. Thomas Ungar - Psychiatrist-in-Chief, St. Michael's Hospital ACCESS ARCHIVE As we know, the impact of COVID-19 extends far beyond the direct effects of the virus itself. The need to social distance has isolated people for months, taking us out of our routines and ...
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An Employer’s Guide for Addressing Racial Discrimination in the Workplace CPD Information: 1 Hour for HRPA and CHRP Members, 1 Hour of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) for Lawyers Lorenzo Lisi Jul 09, 2020 External Speakers: Esi Codjoe - Turnpenney Milne LLP, Nadine Spencer - Black Business and Professional Association
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Celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day: An Interview With Chief Jessica Hill, Oneida Nation of the Thames CPD Information: 1 Hour for HRPA and CHRP Members, 1 EDI Professionalism Hour for Lawyers Kimberly Thomas and Andrea Skinner Jun 25, 2020 External Speaker: Chief Jessica Hill, Oneida Nation of the Thames
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Go Beyond Mental Health Resources: Strategies to Drive Employee Well-Being and Performance CPD Information: 1 Hour for HRPA and CHRP Members, 1 Substantive Hour for Lawyers Reena Kotecha and Barbra H. Miller Jun 23, 2020 External Speakers: Dr. Shelbie Sutherland - BEworks, Dhushan Thevarajah - BEworks
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Fostering an Authentic LGBTQ2+ Inclusion Strategy for Your Business: Legal & Organizational Considerations CPD Information: 1 Hour for HRPA and CHRP Members, 1 EDI Professionalism Hour for Lawyers Lorenzo Lisi Jun 09, 2020 External Speaker: ​Colin Druhan - Executive Director, Pride at Work Canada / Fierté au travail Canada
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Successes and Challenges: Hearing the Stories of Leading Asian-Canadian Lawyers CPD Information: 1 Hour of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) for Law Society of Ontario Sanjeev Mitra and Hansen Wong May 28, 2020 External Speakers: Sony Gokhale, General Counsel of The Supreme Cannabis Company, Inc. Julia Shin Doi, General Counsel of Ryerson University
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Black Tech Innovators: Finding Success Within the Industry CPD Information: 1 Hour of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) for Lawyers Tony Sabeta, B.Eng. and Andrea Skinner Feb 26, 2020 External Speakers: Marlon Hylton - Innov-8, Arsene Toumani - TelosTouch, Chevonae Walcott - Relay Ventures
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Work, Stress, Addiction, Resources & Recovery: Important Information for Professionals & Employers Archive Now Available! Andrea Skinner and Lorenzo Lisi Nov 26, 2019 Join Women’s College Hospital’s Dr. Jennifer Wyman as she provides an overview of what constitutes an addiction, how to assess whether you are at risk and what services are available to support treatment and recovery. Also hear from Lorenzo Lisi, head of the Aird & Berlis Workplace Law Group, for...
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Opportunities for Partnerships: The Cannabis Sector and Indigenous Nations Archive Now Available! Jeremy D. Burke and Kimberly Thomas Oct 24, 2019 The cannabis industry provides a unique opportunity for partnerships between Indigenous Nations and other Cannabis-sector participants. From investments to joint ventures, there are a myriad of ways for partnerships to harness the industry&rsqu...
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Pride at Work Archive Now Available! Lorenzo Lisi Jun 26, 2019 In this webinar, our panel will discuss ways to empower employers to build inclusive workplaces and outline the laws which protect the LGBTQ2+ community on the job.
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Workplace Wellness and Mental Health: Emerging Issues, Effective Management Archive Now Available! Lorenzo Lisi, Fiona Brown, Meghan A. Cowan and Michael F. Horvat Apr 24, 2018 Addressing mental health in the workplace is important to ensure employees can work productively and maintain a healthy work/life balance. Join Aird & Berlis legal experts Fiona Brown, Meghan Cowan, Michael Horvat and Lorenzo Lisi as they discuss and address mental health issues in the workpl...
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Legal Lens on Women’s Health: Age and Your Career Archive Now Available! Barbra H. Miller, Rachel L. Blumenfeld and Pamela Miehls Apr 19, 2018 Join our panel of experts as we discuss career, cognitive and physical changes and expectations at various life stages, legal considerations and how to thrive in today’s workplace.
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Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace Archive Now Available! Kimberly Thomas, Meghan A. Cowan and Lorenzo Lisi Feb 27, 2018 In this webinar, our panel of experts provide insight on everything from workplace discrimination, Indigenous matters, address race and gender and tips on developing your own diversity and inclusion strategy.

Our Culture

We believe that fostering an inclusive workplace through ongoing employee engagement initiatives is essential for attracting, retaining and advancing talent, and critical for addressing the needs of our diverse client groups.

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Mental Health in the Workplace

Our mental health initiative focuses on building awareness and understanding, reducing stigma and fostering a safe and supportive work environment. In partnership with recognized mental health advocates and experts, we regularly offer educational programs that address mental health and wellness. We also facilitate educational programs led by colleagues from within the firm (or from the community at large) with first-hand experience dealing with mental health issues.

Recognition

We are proud of our achievements as we continue on our diversity and inclusion journey.

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Our Partners

We acknowledge and value the effort and support of our community partners.

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Committee Members & Contacts