Women

Overview

We are always looking for fresh ideas and we encourage our female colleagues to take leadership roles in guiding the future of women at Torys and the firm as a whole. Learn more about the firm’s women leaders, networking activities, sponsorships and other initiatives.

Insights

Women in the C-Suite: Can Securities Law Advance Gender Equality?

Capital Markets 2015 Mid-Year Report

News

Networking

Internal and External Networking Opportunities

We provide both formal and informal avenues for our women to build relationships with each other. 

Most friendships and mentorships develop informally through working on files or client teams, attending training programs or being introduced by colleagues. Formally, we foster these relationships through Women in Law@Torys by hosting female-only social events, workshops and speaker series throughout the year.

Some of the events we have hosted include the following:

  • Women in Capital Markets
  • Women in Private Equity – event with RBC
  • Fireside chats on a variety of topics, including work-life balance
  • Women in Law conference
  • Women of Influence luncheon series
  • Summer party hosted for female associates
  • Negotiation skills training for women
  • In Conversation Series (prominent women are invited to speak to our women lawyers)

Sponsorship

Spirit of Barbra Schlifer Award

Torys is pleased to sponsor the Spirit of Barbra Schlifer Award. This award will recognize a woman who has made a demonstrable contribution to increased access to safety and justice for women.

Torys is proud to have provided longstanding support for the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic. Founded in 1985, The Schlifer Clinic is a counseling, legal, interpretation, information and referral service for women who are survivors of violence. It is named after Barbra Schlifer, who was tragically killed on the day of her call to the Bar of Ontario. The clinic works with individuals and community organizations, as well as medical, legal and criminal justice professionals, religious organizations and those concerned about violence against women.

Update: Leilani Farha, Executive Director of Canada Without Poverty and an international human rights lawyer, has been named the first Spirit of Barbra Schlifer Award recipient for her contributions to helping women live violence-free lives.

Women in Law@Torys

Our Women in Law@Torys initiative provides a structured network of support that reinforces the firm’s commitment to the success of its female lawyers, both professionally and personally.

In addition to their dynamic legal practices, the women at Torys are committed to their communities, their families, pro bono work and other external pursuits. Approximately one-third of our lawyers overall and half of our associates are women.

  • Mentoring. We provide both formal and informal avenues for our women to build relationships with each other. Most friendships and mentorships develop informally through working on files or client teams, attending training programs or being introduced by colleagues. Formally, we foster these relationships through Women in Law@Torys by hosting female-only social events, workshops and speaker series throughout the year.
  • Leadership. We encourage our female lawyers to take a leadership role very early in their careers. Leadership opportunities can range from chairing a function or spearheading a new project through Women in Law@Torys to broader initiatives throughout the firm. We are always looking for fresh ideas and encourage all our female colleagues to be proactive in guiding the future of women at Torys and the firm as a whole.
  • Justicia Project. Torys is participating in the Justicia Project law society initiatives in both Ontario and Alberta, designed to help law firms identify and adopt principles and best practices to promote the retention and advancement of women in private practice.

Rima Ramchandani leads our Women in Law@Torys initiative, which focuses on the recruitment, retention and development of women lawyers at Torys and is Torys’ representative to Women On Boards, which promotes the appointment of women to Canadian corporate boards.