Firm Culture

Thrive in a stimulating work environment

Work with great people

Stikeman Elliott lawyers really enjoy working for the firm not just because of our high profile and quality work but our exceptional firm culture as well. People comment on it as soon as they meet us – the collegial atmosphere and open office culture are tangible elements of our work environment. This approach is collaborative, team-centred and non-hierarchical.

Everyone here wants to be the very best they can be. We are committed to the highest levels of professional excellence but colleagues are still down to earth. Our lawyers are genuinely enthusiastic about working together to achieve the best results for our clients. This culture of teamwork extends beyond practice groups or location – associates regularly collaborate with colleagues throughout the firm.

Take pride in being part of the Stikeman Elliott team

You will get to work with people who are engaged in their work and you will also take pride in being part of the team. In fact, in a recent third party survey, we were gratified to learn that a vast majority of respondents from our Montréal office stated that they were proud to be working at Stikeman Elliott.

We believe that one of the factors behind this impressive statement is that new ideas are welcome and encouraged. As a Stikeman Elliott associate, you will have real input, not just about work but also on your environment. For example, associates participate in the firm’s various committees early on in their career, be it the Students Committee, the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee or any one of our other committees.

Enjoy a positive social environment

One of the reasons for Stikeman Elliott’s success as a law firm is that we truly enjoy each other’s company. We keep the fabric of the firm strong and reinforce personal ties through celebrations of our achievements, big and small. We host a wide variety of events throughout the year that appeal to a range of interests such as holiday celebrations, practice group and firm-wide retreats, fund-raisers and other charitable events, not to mention annual dinners at partners’ homes, section BBQs, impromptu social nights and celebrations of individual and collective achievements for lawyers and staff.

A fit body leads to a fit mind

The SE ZONE Program allows Stikeman Elliott lawyers to thrive in our fast-paced environment. This program is designed to introduce lawyers to wellness and the different ways to improve mental and physical performance to impact efficiency, concentration and overall energy. The program is shaped around four key pillars: stress management, physical activity, nutrition, and emotional resilience and grit. This initiative includes organized sports leagues, yoga classes at lunchtime, mindfulness sessions, a running club during summer months, a subsidized gym membership, and various presentations on well being throughout the year. There is something for everyone.

A commitment to women’s success

Stikeman Elliott is dedicated to fostering the continued engagement of women at all levels of the firm. Female colleagues play an integral role and are respected for their leadership and management skills within both the firm and the profession.

We boast numerous longstanding programs that support women in their pursuit of career goals while maintaining commitments to family and community. For example, our Gender Balance Initiative, launched in 2012, actively develops initiatives that address the four priorities identified by the firm’s Partnership Board regarding the advancement of women at Stikeman Elliott: retention, partnership progress, business development, and representation in firm leadership positions.

These programs include tailored business development skills training, public speaking workshops, mentorships, and leadership coaching. We have also implemented a full range of progressive parental leave and return-to-work policies for women who are parents, in an effort to offer the best internal and external support to women when leaving and re-establishing their practices upon their return. Other initiatives include women lawyer lunch discussions, business development events for women clients, participation in the Effet A initiative, a specific leadership and career development path for women partners, and our own "Women in the Lead", a grassroots initiative led by associates. The firm also actively participated in the Justicia Project, spearheaded by the Barreau du Québec (the Quebec Bar), designed to support the retention and advancement of women lawyers in private practice.

Our commitment to diversity is real — you can be yourself here

We have great respect for our people as individuals. We engage and encourage individual talents and interests and are committed to promoting diversity within the firm, the profession and our communities.

Many concrete steps have been taken to support diversity in all its forms. Our multi-year recognition as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers is a source of great pride, and we constantly seek to refine and improve our efforts. This evolution ensures that we benefit as a firm from the different perspectives that each lawyer brings.