Our Culture

Thrive in our progressive work environment

Work with great people

Stikeman Elliott’s Vancouver office offers the best of both worlds – the opportunities and resources of a large firm, with the closeness and comradery of a boutique. People comment on it as soon as they meet us – our collegial atmosphere and friendly and open office culture are tangible elements of our welcoming work environment. Many associates tell us that our smaller size is a clear benefit, offering personal exposure to matters and clients that their peers at bigger offices in the city can only dream of.

Everyone here wants to be at their very best. Collectively, we are committed to the highest levels of professionalism, but we are still down to earth. We like to say that we are “informal, but not casual”. New ideas are welcome and encouraged. As a Stikeman Elliott associate, you’ll have real input into the nature of your work and environment.

This approach to work is collaborative, team-centred and non-hierarchical. Our lawyers are genuinely enthusiastic about working together to achieve the best results for our clients. Stikeman Elliott lawyers are accustomed to working in cross-practice teams to handle the large mandates that often come in to the office. This culture of teamwork extends beyond practice groups or the office – Vancouver associates regularly collaborate with colleagues from across the firm.

Play with great people

One of the secrets to Stikeman Elliott’s success as a law firm is that we truly enjoy each other’s company. We keep the fabric of the firm strong and reinforce personal ties through celebrations of our achievements, big and small. We host events throughout the year that appeal to a range of interests, including a firm golf tournament, charitable fund-raisers, and our annual summer and winter social events, which are open to all office members and their guests.

Our commitment to diversity is real -- you can be yourself here

We have great respect for our people as individuals. We engage and encourage individual talents and interests and are committed to promoting diversity within our firm, the profession and our communities.

As such, many concrete steps have been taken to support diversity in all its forms. We are proud of our multi-year recognition as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers and we are continually refining and improving our efforts.

A commitment to women’s success

Stikeman Elliott is committed to fostering the continued engagement of women at all levels of the firm. Female colleagues play an integral role in our teams and are respected for their leadership and management within both the firm and the profession.

In Vancouver, we have implemented programs that support women in their pursuit of career goals. We also offer a full range of progressive parental leave and return-to-work policies for women who are parents.