Canadian Law Firm to Appoint Chief Diversity Officer

Posted on February 6, 2013.

Pride at Work Canada would like to congratulate McCarthy Tétrault on being the first Canadian law firm to appoint a Chief Diversity and Engagement Officer. This is reflective of the great work being done by the legal sector in promoting diversity and inclusion and we are proud acknowledge our Partners as trailblazing organizations.

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McCarthy Tétrault First Canadian Law Firm to Appoint Chief Diversity and Engagement Officer

Toronto, February 6, 2013 — McCarthy Tétrault is delighted to announce the appointment of Lisa Vogt to the newly established role of Chief Diversity and Engagement Officer (CDO). A member of the firm’s diversity team since 2005, Vogt has served as chair for the past four years. McCarthy Tétrault is the first Canadian law firm to appoint a CDO.

“Lisa’s appointment highlights our ongoing emphasis and commitment to diversity and our focus on creating an inclusive environment at McCarthy Tétrault,” said Marc-André Blanchard, Chair and CEO. “In her new role, Lisa will continue to develop, strengthen and promote McCarthy Tétrault’s commitment to diversity as a core value of the firm”.

Vogt’s mandate will include advancing the Firm’s strategic diversity priority of recruiting, retaining and advancing a diverse team of lawyers, building on already-successful initiatives like the firm’s parental leave program and its affinity networks, which currently include its Pride Network and Asian Affinity Group. In addition, she will drive the Firm’s Corporate Social Responsibility program and McCarthy Tétrault’s alumni efforts. Lisa will also continue her commercial real estate practice. As a senior partner, she most recently acted as the Practice Group Lead of the Real Property & Planning Group.

“Ensuring we live our commitment to diversity on a daily basis is bigger than any one person or team — it’s about ingraining inclusivity into our day-to-day culture,” says Lisa Vogt. “Over the last eight years, we have made enormous strides with our diversity initiatives. But diversity is not a committee; it’s about all of us, a cultural mindset. I’m thrilled to be able to take our engagement to the next level in my role as Chief Diversity and Engagement Officer. Together, with my colleagues, we are going to continue to build a diverse and inclusive environment.”

McCarthy Tétrault fosters a professional environment that attracts women and sustains and supports their career development. In 2012, McCarthy Tétrault joined a number of leading Canadian corporations by signing the Catalyst Accord, pledging that 20% to 30% of its Board of Partners will be women by 2017. McCarthy Tétrault was the first Canadian law firm to make this commitment. It is also one of the Founding Members of the Canadian Institute of Diversity and Inclusion.

The appointment of a CDO reflects the innovative leadership and progressive management of McCarthy Tétrault, including its Senior Leadership Team, who will work closely with Vogt in her new mandate.

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