Diverse skills and perspectives are the building blocks of the best ideas and most sophisticated thinking. Across our culture and operations, we pursue tangible and meaningful ways to advance diversity and inclusion.
At Torys, we passionately protect our values. They are what make us successful and, over the years, have sown the seeds of quality relationships—within our firm, with clients, in the legal profession and across our communities. Good people building good relationships is the essence of who we are.
We also believe that values that are not constantly practiced are not values at all. From broad firm policy to day-to-day interactions with colleagues, we strive to see our work through a people-focused lens. Leadership at the firm has been intentional in its approach to supporting diversity and inclusion. We are always looking critically at ourselves and considering ways we can improve—e.g., the allocation of leadership positions, client and file opportunities, and the recruitment and retention of equity seeking groups. Through careful and rigorous implementation of policy, programs, practices and communications, we strive to take substantive steps to cultivate diversity and inclusion, and foster a sense of community and generosity.
We know there is work to be done to continue addressing systemic inequities within the legal industry and society at large. By staying true to our commitments to diversity and inclusion, as well as through supporting and giving back to our communities, we are striving to effect positive change.
Diversity at Torys
Diversity and Inclusion Resources
Our Diversity and Inclusion Committee includes our Managing Partner and representatives from across the firm. Its objective is to provide centralized leadership and guidance in pursuit of cultivating the many factors that contribute to Torys’ continued growth as a more diverse and inclusive organization.
We are proud of our supportive and collegial environment. Our Affinity Groups bring together lawyers and students from all offices who have shared experiences or backgrounds, providing members with networking and additional mentoring opportunities.
Asian Lawyers Group
Black Lawyers Group
Francophone Lawyers Group
LGBTQ2S Lawyers Group
Muslim Lawyers Group
Parent Lawyers Group
Women In Law
Black Future Lawyers Program
In February 2021, we announced our leading role in establishing a newly formed partnership of leading Canadian law firms that has committed $1.75 million in operational funding to the Black Future Lawyers Program over the next 10 years, as well as other support.
BlackNorth Initiative - Law Firm Pledge
Torys signed the BlackNorth Initiative - Law Firm Pledge, an important step in furthering our commitment to addressing and ending anti-Black and other forms of structural racism in the legal profession. Through the initiative, Torys has committed to working with the BlackNorth Initiative, the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers and other stakeholders across the legal profession to break down barriers to the recruitment, retention, and advancement of Black people in our firms.
Law Firm Diversity and Inclusion Network (LFDIN)
We are one of the founding members of the Law Firm Diversity and Inclusion Network (LFDIN). In May 2013, we joined 15 other Canadian law firms in signing the Statement of Principles of the LFDIN, agreeing to work together to promote diversity and encourage a culture of inclusion not only inside the firms, but in the broader legal profession as well.
LAWS @ Torys
We host LAWS @ Torys, a three-year academic and extracurricular mentoring program, developed with the University of Toronto Faculty of Law’s LAWS (Law in Action Within Schools), designed to provide positive and engaging exposure to legal issues, the justice system and the legal profession for high school students. The program’s goals are “to increase the diversity of the legal profession in order to better reflect, serve, shape and strengthen Canadian society".
Women at Torys
Women in Leadership at Torys
News and Updates
Leading Canadian law firms make long-term commitment to Black Future Lawyers