Nurturing excellence in leadership and opportunities for women in law and business
In 2004, the women of Miller Thomson’s Vancouver office launched the Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) with a mandate to promote the visibility and contributions of women in leadership positions; foster the uptake and retention of female lawyers; develop excellence in talent management through mentorship and educational opportunities; support diverse and innovative business development initiatives; and maintain an ongoing dialogue to integrate the work of the WLI with other firm activities.
Women have made up more than half of Canadian law school graduates in recent years, and in their 2013 annual report, the Law Society of British Columbia noted 53% of new lawyers in the province were female. Miller Thomson has always been committed to fostering a corporate culture that plays to the strength of the rising presence of women in law. This is reflected in the fact that since 2009, two-thirds of the new partners in our Vancouver office have been women.
Going forward, the WLI, in partnership with the National Diversity Committee, will continue to develop ways to attract and retain women within the ranks of this profession and within our firm.