About Us

Mission Statement

WE COMMIT TO PROMOTING DIVERSITY IN THE WORKPLACE. We value the range of perspectives, ideas and experiences that diversity provides, whether grounded in gender, race, sexual orientation, disability, cultural background, religion or age.

WE BELIEVE DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION CREATE A BROADER, RICHER ENVIRONMENT that enhances creative thinking, innovation and problem solving. Inclusive organizations attract and retain top talent.

WE WILL THEREFORE ENCOURAGE GREATER DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION in our own businesses and co-operate to foster these same values throughout the legal profession and the larger Canadian business community.



  • Promoting diversity within our own departments;

  • Considering diversity in our hiring and purchasing practices;

  • Encouraging Canadian law firms to follow our example;

  • Promoting diversity initiatives at all levels in the legal and business community;

  • Measuring the effectiveness of our efforts.

WE, AS ADVOCATES FOR DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION, will demonstrate our commitment through specific actions including one or more of the “Be an Advocate” initiatives.


Ken Fredeen, General Counsel at Deloitte LLP, was recently appointed by Ministers Flaherty and Finley as Chair of the Panel on Labour Market Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities. In June 2012, Ken was awarded The Queen’s Jubilee Medal for public service. Ken is Chair of Deloitte’s Inclusion Council, executive sponsor for Deloitte’s LGBT people’s network and is responsible for Deloitte’s Corporate Responsibility mandate. He is a founding member of the LLD.

Simon Fish, Executive Vice-President and General Counsel at BMO Financial Group, was honoured with the 2013 Canadian General Counsel of the Year Award at the Canadian General Counsel Awards this past June. Simon won the award for leadership excellence in the legal profession and for his impact on corporate social responsibility and diversity initiatives at the bank. He is Chair of BMO’s Sustainability Council, Executive Diversity Champion and Co-Chair of BMO’s Diversity Renewal Council. Simon is a founding member of the LLD.