McCarthy Tétrault LLP is the first Canadian law firm to sign the Catalyst Accord, partnering with the organization in its call for Canadian corporations to increase the overall proportion of board seats held by women to 25 per cent by 2017.
“McCarthy Tétrault has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to diversity, including developing the conditions for women to advance and succeed at our firm and in our industry,” says Marc-André Blanchard, McCarthy Tétrault’s chairman and CEO and member of the Catalyst Canada advisory board. “By signing the Catalyst Accord [http://www.catalyst.org/page/440/catalyst-accord-women-on-corporate-boards-in-canada], we are publicly committing that women will continue to be well represented on our Board of Partners and our leadership team. We hope other companies, including our colleagues in the industry, will follow suit.”
Paul Boniferro, McCarthys’ national leader of practices and people, says signing the accord meets some of goals the firm has established over the years but the move is in no way connected with a discrimination case launched by a former employee four years ago.