EKB is committed to providing an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workplace for all. We believe strongly that diversity and inclusivity are cornerstones of our business. By fostering these values, we can recruit, develop and retain the highest quality of professionals and draw from a wide array of perspectives to better reflect the diversity of our clients and better anticipate and fulfill their needs.
Diversity and Inclusivity Committee
EKB’s Diversity and Inclusivity Committee champions our commitment to diversity and inclusivity at our firm at a day-to-day level and ensures that these values are integrated into our strategic direction going forward. These values are promoted within the firm through a range of initiatives, including an open communication policy, flexible working time arrangements, free counseling services, generous maternity, and paternity policy for associates and partners, and employee training.
Our firm is proud to work with external organizations to support a broad range of initiatives, including providing entrance scholarships to J.D. students who identify as Indigenous, Black, or as a person of colour. EKB has not sought to restrict the award to any particular practice area or create any other barriers to entry for these students. These entrance awards are made on the recommendation of the Peter A. Allard School of Law, the University of Victoria – Faculty of Law, and the TRU – Faculty of Law. It is our hope that these entrance scholarships will assist in promoting diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.
Many of EKB’s lawyers also are involved with organizations that look to grow a more inclusive and diverse community, including the Association of South Asian Professionals of BC, South Asian Bar Association of BC, the CBA WLF Mentoring Program, the First-Generation Network, and Jewish Family Services. Our lawyers have also been involved in providing presentations through People’s Law School with different organizations including MOSAIC. EKB actively supports its lawyers in engaging in any organization which they believe can further diversity and inclusion in the legal profession and at the workplace.