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As a Firm, we value diversity and are committed to providing a workplace that fosters a culture of awareness, appreciation and respect. We are a signatory of the Law Firm Diversity and Inclusion Network that promotes equity, diversity and inclusion in recruitment, retention and advancement within law firms, law schools and the broader community. We are also a proud employer partner of the Canadian Centre for Diversity & Inclusion.

With the support of the Firm's Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, led by CEO and Managing Partner, Lydia Bugden, QC, our mission is focused on four key pillars:

  • Recruitment - Our Firm will reflect the diversity of the community at large.
  • Retention and Advancement - Lawyers, managers and staff from diverse and under-represented communities will be active participants in decision-making.
  • Education and Training - Ongoing training will be available to all lawyers and staff to ensure awareness of and knowledge about equity and diversity issues.
  • Leadership - We will promote and support the active participation of lawyers from diverse groups in client, business development and Firm leadership roles.

It is our belief that equity, diversity and inclusion enhances the delivery of legal services to our clients through the respected and valued input of diverse perspectives, ideas and experiences.

We are proud to be an Employer Partner of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion:

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To see our diversity and inclusion numbers at a glance, click the infographic above.

Celebrating diversity at our Firm

We believe in taking an active role in our communities and supporting the diversity that contributes to the richness and vibrancy of Atlantic Canada. Stewart McKelvey is proud to participate in events that celebrate our diversity and support organizations that foster inclusion and awareness. We encourage the involvement of employees in promoting our uniqueness as people, places and cultures.


“Stewart McKelvey shows high rates of inclusion overall: 8 out of 10 Inclusion survey questions received positive response rates over 70%.”

- Key findings from the 2016 “Diversity by the Numbers: The Legal Profession” survey by the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion.

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