A leader in diversity and inclusion, McCarthy Tétrault recognized as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers

Toronto, March 1, 2019  — Recognized for its leadership and commitment to advancing and improving its diversity and inclusion initiatives, McCarthy Tétrault has been named one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for 2019 by Mediacorp Canada. The firm has been included in this list every year since 2012.

“At McCarthy Tétrault, diversity and inclusion are core values. We are proud of our ongoing efforts to build a culture that encourages our people to realize their full potential, and removes unconscious barriers to career advancement,” said Chief Inclusion Officer Barbara Boake. “We believe that much of our success can be attributed to our continued investment in these values, and in our people.”

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McCarthy Tétrault’s recent diversity initiatives and achievements include:

Committed to Gender Equity: In 2018, 60% of associates admitted to income partnership were women; Women comprise 40% of our Senior Leadership Team.

Founding sponsor of Indigenous Legal Mentoring Program: McCarthy Tétrault and the Martin Family Initiative have partnered with local schools in support of educational and career-focused activities such as job shadowing, skills development and cooperative education programs.

Parental Leave Program: Singled out for recognition by Catalyst Canada, our award-winning innovative Parental Leave Program offers practical support for parents and facilitates their transition, first from work into maternity and paternity leaves and then back to work.

National Association for Law Placement (NALP) Diversity Working Group: As a member, we planned and delivered the NALP Canadian Diversity Summit in Toronto on reducing the stigma of mental health issues in the legal community.

As part of its commitment to furthing diversity and inclusion, McCarthy Tétrault launched the Inclusion Now initiative in November 2018, commiting $5M to United Way Centraide to assist agencies working with five equity seeking groups: women, members of the LGBTQ2 community, newcomers, Indigenous people and people with disabilities. A charitable donation of this size is a first-of-its-kind for Canada’s legal industry.


Canada’s Best Diversity Employers recognizes Canadian employers that implement exceptional workplace diversity and inclusiveness programs. The selection process looks specifically for employers with strong initiatives supporting women, members of visible minorities, persons with disabilities, Aboriginal peoples, and LGBTQ2 community. The list of top diversity employers is published annually by Mediacorp Canada, the country’s largest publisher of employment periodicals, directories and guides. It also features in a special magazine published in The Globe and Mail’s national edition.

About McCarthy Tétrault

McCarthy Tétrault LLP provides a broad range of legal services, advising on large and complex assignments for Canadian and international interests. The firm has substantial presence in Canada’s major commercial centres as well as in New York City and London, UK.

Built on an integrated approach to the practice of law and delivery of innovative client services, the firm brings its legal talent, industry insight and practice experience to help clients achieve the results that are important to them.

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