Equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) is a priority at Lawson Lundell. Our firm should reflect the communities we serve, and in which we do business. We believe all people who work at Lawson should feel a sense of belonging and pride; have access to fair opportunities; and share our values of teamwork, mutual support, respect, and commitment to excellent client service.

At Lawson, the EDI mandate is lawyer-led. In early 2023, Julia Winters, a partner in the Asia Pacific Group, was appointed Chief Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Officer, a role previously held by our firm’s managing partner. Julia chairs a six-person committee comprised of five partners and one associate, which represents different practice groups, backgrounds, and offices. As of September 2023, those committee members are:

  1. Katy Allen
  2. Shailaz Dhalla
  3. Paul Kressock
  4. Nabila Pirani
  5. Will Roberts
  6. Julia Winters

The EDI committee has undertaken a broad range of actions, initiatives and events that advance equity, diversity and inclusion at our firm through the following pathways:

  1. Talent identification, recruitment and retention
  2. Mentorship and sponsorship
  3. Education and awareness
  4. Allocation of work and opportunities
  5. Empowerment and community

Below is a selection of EDI initiatives, events and activities undertaken at Lawson in 2023:

  • Held unconscious bias training for Lawson’s Vancouver and Kelowna recruitment committee members
  • Invited the then-president of Canadian Association of Black Lawyers to give a talk entitled “Toward a More Equitable, Diverse and Inclusive Profession: Some Food for Thought on the Role of Law Firms” during Black History Month
  • Sponsored two associates to participate in a leadership development program for Asian Canadian lawyers

“The sessions have left me hopeful for the future, recognizing that our ceilings, once broken through, could serve as the foundation for the next generation of leaders. It meant a lot to me to be able to participate in this enriching and eye-opening experience.” – Jessica Chung, Associate

  • Organized a panel discussion of female partners at Lawson on career journeys for International Women’s Day

“The International Women’s Day Panel was particularly meaningful to me personally. Having the opportunity to hear the panelists share their often extremely relatable challenges as young women in private practice, and how they overcame them to achieve such career success, was inspirational.” – Lisa Frey, Associate

  • Attended Darpan Magazine’s Power Women of Influence Gala 2023
  • All Star Sponsor of RBC JCC Sports Dinner hosted by the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver
  • Attended annual South Asian Bar Association Gala 2023 in Calgary

  • Champion sponsor of QMUNITY’s International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia Breakfast

“It was a privilege to be invited to this year’s IDAHOT breakfast. Knowing my firm supports organizations like QMUNITY, who do so much for my community, makes me proud to work here.” – Drew McMillan, Office Services Supervisor

  • Hosted watercolour painting workshops led by an indigenous artist for lawyers and law students for National Indigenous Peoples Day

  • Hosted annual Lawson Pride BBQ in Vancouver, and participated in Pride events in Kelowna, Calgary and Yellowknife

“Proudly celebrating love and acceptance with all in the Pride parade.” – Alice Chen, Paralegal

  • Hosted firm-wide event in recognition of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation with a guest speaker 
  • Recognized and celebrated various cultural events and holidays through internal firm-wide communications, including Nowruz, Vaisakhi, Eid, Ramadan and Lunar New Year
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