Cassels Brock is proud to have had the first firm-sanctioned, organized group on Bay Street for women lawyers: the Women’s Practice Development Committee (WPDC). Our WPDC takes a holistic approach to improving the lives of women lawyers, both professionally and personally.
In January, the WPDC welcomed five new partners – including four associates newly admitted into the partnership along with Brigeeta Richdale who joined our Vancouver office late last year.
(L-R: Partners Stefanie Holland, Brigeeta Richdale, Natasha Jimeno, Jennifer Wasylyk, Adrianna Pilkington)
The WPDC offers programs for working mothers, women and wellness, presentation skills, leadership training, gender differences in communication, and business development events for women lawyers and clients. For expectant mothers, the WPDC provides file-transition strategies and reintegration advice for returning to the office and remaining on the partnership track.
In addition to WPDC events and programs, Cassels Brock shows its commitment to women’s initiatives in many ways, including:
In 2016, the Zenith Awards were held in celebration of those who have demonstrated excellence, action and thought leadership in ways that have advanced inclusion and diversity in the legal profession. Two of the firm’s committees were recognized as recipients of these awards, including the Women’s Practice Development Committee.