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Borden Ladner Gervais LLP - Calgary, Alberta

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Please describe your diversity programs and initiatives BLG has a National Director of Diversity & Inclusion who reports directly to the C-suite. This role underscores BLG's commitment to diversity and ensures that, at all times, diversity issues are understood and addressed within the firm. BLG’s National Diversity and Inclusion Committee provides ongoing advice and guidance to the National Director of Diversity and Inclusion on the D&I priorities and agenda; and monitors and evaluates the implementation of the firm’s diversity and inclusion strategic plan. BLG also has a Women's Leadership Development Committee which fosters the development of women professionals as leaders in the firm and community through a variety of means, including discussion groups, networking events and training. In 2014, we conducted our first diversity and inclusion census to better understand the demographic composition of our workforce. We continue to collect and update our demographic data to monitor the impact and success of our initiatives and to track changes. BLG has a number of Affinity Groups, initiated by our lawyers and staff, to provide a formal mechanism for members of diverse groups and their supporters to come together to share information and support.

BLG’s commitment to diversity also extends to our community involvement. BLG supports various community groups and initiatives with a focus on diversity. BLG is:

• a member of the Justicia Projects in the various jurisdictions across Canada;
• a signatory to the Catalyst Accord, a call to action issued by Catalyst for Canadian corporations to increase the overall proportion of FP500 board seats held by women to 25% in 2017;
• a founding signatory of the Law Firm Diversity and Inclusion Network;
• a national corporate sponsor of Pride at Work Canada; and
• an employer partner of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion.