Diversity at Osler
We employ the best and the brightest, regardless of gender, race, culture, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, family status or disability. We provide equal opportunity to all legal professionals and staff with respect to compensation, promotion, transfers and conditions of employment.
We are constantly striving for ways to support our diverse team of lawyers. Our Diversity Committee has established firm-wide initiatives including Legal Professional Resource Groups such as the Osler Pride Network, Osler Asia-Pacific Affinity Network, Osler Women Lawyers’ Network, Osler South Asian Network and Osler Black Lawyers’ Network.
Osler’s female leadership has been integral to shaping the firm we are today.
Retired partner and former Diversity Committee Chair, Douglas Rienzo, comments on inclusion in the workplace:
Supporting Students on Campus
We are committed to supporting Canadian law schools to ensure that our country continues to produce world-class legal talent. Our lawyers believe in the importance of supporting students both inside and outside of the classroom as thought leaders on campus. You will often find them sharing their practical insights as guest lecturers and speakers, such as the Osler Biz Basics series.
We are committed to the communities where we live and work, by making substantial contributions to local organizations across Canada and in New York. Our lawyers, students and staff also volunteer for a variety of community-based initiatives. GenNext is our dedicated group of Osler volunteers in their 20s and 30s who help raise funds and awareness for the United Way through youth programs, events and activities. The GenNext Committee supports Osler’s United Way Committee and our other firm-wide campaigns.
Osler also recognizes and supports the professional responsibility of our lawyers and students to provide pro bono legal assistance to individuals in needs. We dedicate numerous hours to pro bono initiatives to help bridge the gap in legal services. This commitment is also demonstrated through our associates receiving billable credit for all work on pro bono files.
DOUG RIENZO: At Osler, when we're talking about diversity we're really trying to broaden the conversation, and we talk about not just diversity, but we talk about inclusion. And what that means to me is that we have a workplace where not only is it diverse, there's people of varying different backgrounds, different persuasions all working together to serve our clients. In addition to being diverse, it's inclusive.
And what that means is that everybody feels that they can bring their whole self to work. That could be something as simple as having a conversation in the kitchen in the morning, grabbing a coffee and a colleague is there. And people feel comfortable talking about what they did on the weekend. It might be an LGBT lawyer, a gay or lesbian lawyer, and they're very comfortable saying, oh, well, on the weekend, my partner and I, my girlfriend and I, whoever it might be, we did this or that. And there's no question about that, there's no issue.
People really feel they can be respected, that their opinion is valued, and that their difference is valued and respected. And that's really what it means to me to have an inclusive workforce, not only a diverse workforce. That's very important to the Osler culture.