Sponsor Spotlight: Bishop & McKenzie LLP
Bishop & McKenzie LLP facilitates economic activity in our region. Our lawyers help lenders, entrepreneurs, investors and developers to acquire, finance, and dispose of commercial real estate.
What originally drew you to sponsor Edmonton CREW?
When Edmonton CREW started, it was a novel way for our women lawyers to find mentorship, develop leadership skills, and build connections in the industry. We have supported those objectives throughout many years of sponsorship of Edmonton CREW.
How does your company support diversity in the CRE industry?
We are a steadfast supporter of Edmonton CREW and the diversity and inclusion that it stands for. We support and fund parental leaves for both associates and partners to assist in removing barriers to advancement, and we encourage all of our lawyers to participate fully in leadership opportunities within our organization and communities. We have made significant strides in gender diversity over the past decade: In 2010 our partnership was comprised of 14% women; in 2021, 36% of the partnership, and 49% of all of our lawyers are women. As we continue to enhance our diversity and inclusion policy and best practices, we are intentional about engaging younger associates and partners of diverse backgrounds in decision making in recruitment of new talent and strategic marketing.