McCarthy Tétrault first Canadian law firm to appoint Chief Diversity and Engagement Officer

Toronto, February 6, 2013 — McCarthy Tétrault is delighted to announce the appointment of Lisa Vogt to the newly established role of Chief Diversity and Engagement Officer (CDO). A member of the firm’s diversity team since 2005, Ms. Vogt has served as chair for the past four years. McCarthy Tétrault is the first Canadian law firm to appoint a CDO.

“Lisa’s appointment highlights our ongoing emphasis and commitment to diversity and our focus on creating an inclusive environment at McCarthy Tétrault,” said Marc-André Blanchard, Chair and CEO. “In her new role, Lisa will continue to develop, strengthen and promote McCarthy Tétrault’s commitment to diversity as a core value of the firm”.

Ms. Vogt’s mandate will include advancing the firm’s strategic diversity priority of recruiting, retaining and advancing a diverse team of lawyers, building on already-successful initiatives like the firm’s parental leave program and its affinity networks, which currently include its Pride Network and Asian Affinity Group. In addition, she will drive the firm’s Corporate Social Responsibility program and McCarthy Tétrault’s alumni efforts. Lisa will also continue her commercial real estate practice. As a senior partner, she most recently acted as the Practice Group Lead of the Real Property & Planning Group.

“Ensuring we live our commitment to diversity on a daily basis is bigger than any one person or team — it’s about ingraining inclusivity into our day-to-day culture,” says Ms. Vogt. “Over the last eight years, we have made enormous strides with our diversity initiatives.  But diversity is not a committee; it’s about all of us, a cultural mindset.  I’m thrilled to be able to take our engagement to the next level in my role as Chief Diversity and Engagement Officer. Together, with my colleagues, we are going to continue to build a diverse and inclusive environment.”

McCarthy Tétrault fosters a professional environment that attracts women and sustains and supports their career development. In 2012, McCarthy Tétrault joined a number of leading Canadian corporations by signing the Catalyst Accord, pledging that 20 to 30 per cent of its Board of Partners will be women by 2017. McCarthy Tétrault was the first Canadian law firm to make this commitment.  It is also one of the Founding Members of the Canadian Institute of Diversity and Inclusion.

The appointment of a CDO reflects the innovative leadership and progressive management of McCarthy Tétrault, including its Senior Leadership Team, who will work closely with Ms. Vogt in her new mandate.


Marc-André Blanchard
Marc-André Blanchard is the Chair and Chief Executive Officer of McCarthy Tétrault. He practises civil and commercial litigation, and provides advice to companies on strategic and public policy issues.

Tracie Crook
Tracie Crook is the Chief Operating Officer for McCarthy Tétrault. In this role, Ms. Crook is responsible for the leadership, strategic direction and continuous advancement of services operations, including the firm’s dedicated Client Service Innovation team, to deliver optimized services and value to the firm’s clients and lawyers.

Matthew Peters
Matthew Peters is the National Leader, Markets, and a partner in the Technology Group. In this role, Mr. Peters is responsible for the development of the firm’s overall approach to the marketplace and clients, as well as management of the firm’s industry and client programs.

Paul Boniferro
Paul Boniferro is the National Leader, Practices and People at McCarthy Tétrault, and a partner in the firm’s National Labour and Employment Group. In this role, Mr. Boniferro is responsible for overseeing all practice groups, business planning, recruiting, talent management/development, professional development and training, partnership admissions, compensation and all personnel matters.


McCarthy Tétrault 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 and in London, UK.

Built on an integrated approach in 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.