Summary Section Content 1BLG believes that diversity and inclusion are critical to our success. Our mission is to foster and maintain a welcoming and inclusive work environment in which: diversity is recognized and appreciated; everyone feels valued, respected and included; and each individual has the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge, advance their career and participate in the success of the firm. The breadth of our practice, our commitment to excellence and our national presence allow us to attract and retain top talent of different ethnicities, cultures, genders, orientations, abilities and backgrounds. This diversity allows us to assemble teams of individuals with different perspectives who can develop innovative solutions to today's legal and business challenges. The BLG Diversity Mission Section Content 2BLG is the first law firm to have appointed a National Director, Diversity and Inclusion, to oversee and keep track of our firm-wide strategy and programs. In consultation with, and supported by, our Diversity and Inclusion Committee, our National Director of Diversity and Inclusion is responsible for ensuring that BLG takes a pro-active approach to diversity issues and that our mission is achieved in an effective and holistic manner. We have implemented leading initiatives such as training and education through seminars and monthly bulletins; a framework of support around maternity/parental leaves including a new parent coaching program; a Transgender Inclusivity and Accommodation Policy; Employee Resource Groups; a review of our processes to ensure that there are no unconscious biases or barriers to the advancement of women and diverse individuals; a review of our talent pipeline to ensure the progression of women and diverse individuals; customized programs supporting the development of our women lawyers.In 2014, we conducted our first diversity and inclusion census with the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI), to better understand the demographic composition of our workforce. These results have allowed us to identify our strengths and develop a plan to foster an even more inclusive workplace. We continue to collect and update our demographic data to monitor the impact and success of our initiatives and to track changes in the composition of our workforce. The Members of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee are: Tamara Tomomitsu — Chair Maddie Axelrod Natalia Rodriguez Soudeh Alikhani Douglas G. Copland Daniel Girlando Éloïse Gratton Louise Lee Kevin McGivney — Partnership Board Representative Nicole St-Louis Chidinma Thompson Laleh Moshiri — National Director, Diversity and Inclusion (Ex-officio Member) Community Leadership Section Content 3BLG has partnered with the most highly-respected organizations promoting Diversity and Inclusion: Pride at Work Canada, Catalyst, Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion ("CCDI"), Canadian Business SenseAbility, The Canadian Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and 30% Club. We are a member of the Law Firm Diversity and Inclusion Network ("LFDIN") and some of our lawyers belong, on an individual-basis, to various associations promoting Diversity and Inclusion. All our regional offices sponsor events and initiatives that promote diversity and inclusion in their communities. Diversity & Inclusion in action We take action for a more diverse and inclusive community by supporting various organizations. We support the Black Business Law Clinic which provides pro bono business-oriented legal services to small businesses and not for profit organizations which cannot afford a lawyer. We sponsor U of T Faculty of Law's Law School Access Program, The University Calgary and Osgoode's Access to Law and Learning, which offer LSAT preparation courses and ongoing support and mentoring in the law school application process for low income undergraduate students. We participate in the events of various student organizations such as Black Law Students Association, First Generations Network, OutLaws at Osgoode; U of C's Diversity and Law Society and Calgary Women Studying Law; U of T's Women and the Law annual reception; Osgoode's Diversity Week; U of T's Law in Action Within Schools Program; and RECESS at all Ontario law faculties. We also sponsor "See Yourself Here," the University of Toronto Faculty of Law's annual open house geared towards high school, university and mature students from a broad range of communities that are under-represented in the legal profession. Amongst other organizations we support are: Start Proud, Canadian Association of Black Lawyers, Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers, South Asian Bar Association and Black Female Lawyers Network. We also participate in the Barreau du Québec's Projet Panorama. Pro bono mandates reflecting our values This strong belief in diversity and inclusion has led our professionals to accept pro bono mandates supporting a more diverse and inclusive society. BLG constitutional lawyers have represented a same-sex couple before the Court of Appeal for Ontario, seeking the same rights as heterosexual couples in respect of the regulation of artificial insemination procedures. The Muslim Canadian Congress (MCC), a progressive, multi-cultural public interest advocacy group, enlisted the pro bono representation of BLG on an intervention before the Court of Appeal for Ontario and the Supreme Court of Canada. The MCC argued in favour of the courts undertaking a particularized inquiry for each witness who wants to wear a niqab in court. The matter was sent back to trial along with a list of questions and considerations designed to assist first instance judges in determining whether a niqab should be prohibited in the Court room on a case by case basis. We acted on behalf of the Law Society of Upper Canada in its decision to deny accreditation to Trinity Western University's proposed law school, as its admission requirements would limit access for LGBTQ students to every accredited law school. The Firm established the BLG Veterans' Benefits Project to ensure that Canadian veterans and their families receive the disability benefits to which they are entitled under the law. Since the fall of 2010, BLG lawyers have represented numerous veterans across Canada in applications for judicial review before the Federal Court. We represented several parents who were reassessed by the Canada Revenue Agency in connection with tuition paid for their children, who were diagnosed with learning disabilities, to attend a specialized school. BLG successfully overturned the tax reassessments and a claim for the tuition paid was allowed. This case is a helpful precedent to many parents across Canada who incur significant costs related to children with learning disabilities. Women Excelling Section Content 4 At BLG, our passion and drive go beyond the transaction, contract or trial to expanding horizons for women in our Firm, in business, and in the community as a whole. We are committed to affording women the full opportunity to develop, excel and become pre-eminent in their fields. Women are well represented at BLG, comprising more than one-third of our professionals. Our women also participate in key leadership roles and many are leaders in their areas of practice and the community at large. At BLG, our Women's Leadership Development Committee (WLDC) is dedicated to: fostering the development of our women professionals as leaders in our Firm and the community through leadership training, mentoring, engagement and networking activities; facilitating the engagement of our women partners and associates as client responsible professionals in their relationships with existing clients and prospective clients; furthering the development of knowledgeable and diverse client teams to better serve the needs of our clients; and connecting our women with business, the community and other women's organizations. The members of the Women's Leadership Development Committee are: Lynn McGrade — Chair Kenza Bensaid Justine Blanchet Melanie Bradley Mélanie Champagne Kate Dearden Phil Donnelly John E. Hall Laleh Moshiri Hunter Parsons Alan RossThe WLDC is active in the business community with memberships in various organizations. BLG is a member of the 30% Club, an organization committed to working towards having 30% of corporate boards and C-suite positions held by women by 2019, as well as a signatory to the Catalyst Accord, a call to action issued by Catalyst for corporate Canada to increase the percentage of women on boards and in executive positions to 30 per cent by 2022. BLG is proud to participate in the Justicia Project, in support of the retention and advancement of women lawyers in private practice: Alberta : http://lawsociety.ab.ca British Columbia : http://www.lawsociety.bc.ca Ontario : http://www.lsuc.on.ca/justicia_project/ Québec : http://barreau.qc.ca/fr/avocats/equite/justicia (Available in French only) BLG Reflects on International Women's Day In honour of International Women’s Day, we are proud to celebrate the outstanding accomplishments and contributions made by women at BLG.