Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

DEI

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Our Commitment

At Wildeboer Dellelce LLP (“WD”) we are committed to workforce diversity, creating equity across our organization, and fostering a culture of inclusion. We recognize that diversity is foundational to delivering excellence to our clients and our community.

Teamwork, collegiality, loyalty, and mutual respect are central pillars of WD’s core values, and we recognize that our ability to draw on a variety of perspectives enables us to provide more focused, innovative, and relevant legal services to our clients.

Achieving our Commitment

Beyond words, our commitment to DEI is championed by our people, practices, and policies. We have founded a DEI Committee, comprising members of our leadership, whose mandate includes, but is not limited to, providing oversight and governance over WD’s DEI framework.

Our framework has three foundational pillars:

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If you want to learn more about how we are achieving our DEI commitment, please contact us at WDEI@wildlaw.ca.

Representation Matters

We recognize that championing diversity must be accompanied by tangible representation. We continue to invite all our staff and lawyers to self-identify voluntarily and confidentially. This helps us determine our progress and where we can improve.

We are signatories to several DEI initiatives (see below) focused on achieving representation. On an ongoing basis, we will report on the actions we have taken to meet these pledges to ensure transparency and accountability.

Our pledges:

  • We are a proud member of the Law Firm Diversity and Inclusion Network (LFDIN), a group of Canadian law firms who have agreed to work together to promote diversity and encourage a culture of inclusion in our firms and the broader legal profession. Click here to view or download the LFDIN Statement of Principles.
  • We are one of three original signatories to the Law Firm Pledge of the BlackNorth Initiative. As part of the Pledge, we have committed to specific measurable actions and targets designed to end anti-Black systemic racism and create opportunities for those in underrepresented Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) communities. Click here to learn more about The BlackNorth Initiative.
  • We are a proud founding member of the Justicia Project, a think tank created by the Law Society of Ontario and participating law firms designed to support the retention and advancement of women lawyers in private practice. Click here to learn more about the Justicia Project.
  • We have adopted the United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) as part of our commitment to promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment in the firm and in the broader marketplace and community. Click here to learn more about the WEPs.

Inclusive Practices

Inclusion is not a choice at WD. It is the way we do business that appreciates, supports, and requires inclusion. Inclusion at WD extends beyond talent acquisition and applies to our vendors and suppliers. We are committed to providing equal and accessible opportunities to future talent who want to join WD and to vendors and suppliers who want to work with us.

We provide our staff and lawyers with equal opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge, to advance in career development and to contribute to and participate in the success of WD. We are focused on creating a culture of respect and inclusion; a work environment free of discrimination; and an accessible, merit-based, career advancement path for all those that work with WD.

Celebrating Diversity

Diversity is what makes us different from each other and at WD we believe in actively celebrating and sharing with each other our diverse cultures. We want our people to feel valued, respected and celebrated for their uniqueness and differences.

We aim to achieve this by not only celebrating diverse events but also through ongoing training and education focused on broadening our people’s experiences. We also celebrate diversity by participating in and supporting a variety of law school and community outreach programs and initiatives that further DEI in the legal profession and beyond.