Diversity, equity and inclusion
DEI is an ongoing journey, but we're committed to making sure everyone at BD&P feels respected, is comfortable being their authentic selves, and has equitable opportunities to reach their goals. BD&P has always been known as unconventional. We think embracing diversity of thought makes us a stronger partner to our clients.
Our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee is made up of a diverse group of lawyers and staff. We nurture inclusion across the firm and roll out diversity-related initiatives.
Employer and community partnerships
We belong to the Law Firm Diversity and Inclusion Network, a group of Canadian law firms that promote diversity and inclusion in their firms and the broader legal profession. We were also one of the first firms to commit to the Law Society of Alberta's Justicia Project Phase 2. The voluntary program focuses on retention in private practice through resources, programs, and policies that support female lawyers.
We're also an employer partner with the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion, which provides us with valuable DEI resources and training sessions.
As a community partner to Calgary Pride since 2019, we participate in the annual parade and show our support. We've also hosted an LGBTQ2S+ workshop on engaging in effective allyship.
Supporting the Calgary Immigrant Women's Society
We offer articling positions and practicum experience to Calgary Immigrant Women's Association clients. The partnership is for foreign-trained female lawyers and other skilled workers from underrepresented groups, designed to give them work experience in Canada.
In each of the last five years, we have hosted a number of practicum students. The articling program started in 2019 and has seen two calls to the bar, with one more in 2022.