Community Readiness

Ontario Professional Planners InstituteSymposium

October 11 & 12, 2018 | Laurentian University, Sudbury, ON

WeirFoulds LLP

WeirFoulds LLP

As part of #OPPI18, we want to promote and highlight our generous sponsors. Please read more below about WeirFoulds LLP and why they decided to sponsor #OPPI18.
What interested you in participating in #OPPI18?
OPPI provides a powerful platform of benefits that are attractive to us for many reasons including:
  • Enhancing career building opportunities  
  • Access to education and training
  • Inside access to innovations and new developments
  • Networking opportunities

What services do you offer? Why might someone contact you?
One of our firm’s greatest strengths is the extensive work we have done over the years on behalf of both public sector and private sector clients, particularly in the areas of real estate development and land use planning. We represent a diverse spectrum of private-sector development clients on a wide range of residential, commercial, industrial and mixed-use projects.
Our planning and development lawyers and professional planning staff have a virtually unparalleled depth and breadth of experience in all areas of planning and development law, including securing approvals of Official Plans and Official Plan Amendments, Zoning By-laws and amendments, Site Plan approvals, as well as all of the associated agreements pertaining to the implementation of approved planning instruments. We provide legal services in 4 core areas of practice: ) Litigation; (2) Corporate; (3) Property; and (4) Government Law as well as key sub-specialties.

How does your company/organization work on community readiness?
WeirFoulds is firmly committed to respecting the principles of corporate social responsibility, including the following: 
  • Inclusive work environment
  • Pro bono work and community involvement
  • Environmental sustainability
Diversity and Inclusion
The principles of employment equity, diversity and human rights have been an integral part of WeirFoulds since our beginning. In part, this stems from that fact that we have strong roots in Canada and the Greater Toronto Area, and our people reflect our Canadian identity. WeirFoulds continues to strive to be a fully integrated multicultural firm. We recruit and hire women and men of all ages, cultures and beliefs. We select applicants based on their abilities, goals and experience, and we foster an environment of acceptance and mutual respect. Through the experiences of our lawyers, we are involved in a growing number of important social, cultural and environmental issues.
WeirFoulds ensures that diversity and human rights are an essential part of all that we do. As a law firm, we actively participate in and promote programs aimed at improving and celebrating diversity within the legal profession and the broader business community. For example, the firm is an active participant in the Law in Action Within Schools (LAWS) Program.

LAWS is an innovative partnership between the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, Osgoode Hall Law School, and the Toronto District School Board designed to deliver an education program aimed at supporting, guiding and motivating high school students who face challenges in engaging successfully with school and accessing postsecondary education. WeirFoulds has hosted several LAWS students and the experience has assisted them with gaining business skills while receiving mentorship from the lawyers in our Toronto office.

Law Firm Diversity and Inclusion Network - Promoting Cultural Diversity
WeirFoulds is an active participant in the Law Firm Diversity and Inclusion Network (LFDIN). LFDIN works in partnership with Legal Leaders for Diversity and Inclusion (LLD). Lisa Borsook, Executive Partner, signed the Statement of Principles of the LFDIN as part of the firm's commitment to diversity and inclusion in the legal community.
WeirFoulds joins more than 15 law firms across Canada who have signed the Statement of Principles. LFDIN affiliated firms aim to share ideas and work together to promote diversity and encourage a culture of inclusion in their firms and the legal professional generally, to attract and retain the best talent, and best serve their clients. We collaborate with other firms to share knowledge on best practices and work toward supporting and developing more programs to support diversity and inclusion within the legal community.

Supporting Women in the Workplace
We are proud to support women lawyers and clients through our Zenith Award winning WeirFoulds Women (WFW) program. WFW was established in 1990 with the goal to promote a successful and diverse working environment. The firm hosts several successful events through WFW that provide an open forum to our lawyers, clients and contacts to discuss hot button issues such as women representation on corporate board of directors, work-life balance, organizational and health issues, and women in senior roles within law firms, amongst others.

Pro Bono and Community Involvement 
WeirFoulds is committed to community service and pro bono work, and consider this work an essential element of our professional duty. WeirFoulds is a proud supporter of Progress Place, and has been a part of the Transitional Employment Program for several years. The Transitional Employment Program allows for a smooth transition into the workforce giving individuals with mental illness a positive environment to build their skill sets. WeirFoulds has hosted several members of the program during the course of our relationship.

Environmental Sustainability
One of our partners is a member of the Council for Clean & Reliable Electricity (CCRE). This federally incorporated non-profit organization was formed by a group of volunteers to provide a platform for open public dialogue and a solutions-oriented approach to the challenges of the energy sector. Representatives from universities, public and private sector business leaders, and labour have collaborated to broaden the public debate on energy issues.
WeirFoulds LLP is located in the award-winning, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) EB Platinum O&M and Building Owners & Managers Association (BOMA) BEST Platinum certified TD Bank Tower, a part of the TD Centre. TD Centre engages in several programs and certification schemes that support sustainability. WeirFoulds participates in the GREEN AT WORK™ program which enforces green operational standards. GREEN AT WORK™ is comprised of five operating platforms that encourages sustainable thinking and action, including Energy, Waste Management, Environmental Protection (land, air and water), Sustainable Procurement and Stakeholder Collaboration. As a result of these initiatives, in 2015 TD Bank Tower has reduced water consumption and energy use, and has been able to divert 81% of waste that is generated from landfills.
Do you have any other information you would like to share with members?
We are proud of our heritage, and our reputation for excellence that has been built on a long history of establishing and protecting our client relationships. Our recent ranking as the #1 top regional firm in Ontario by Canadian Lawyer magazine for the second time, and our consistent placement in the top ranks in Novae Res Urbis’ Top 10 Development Law Firms in the GTA, are each a testament to our team and our commitment to exceptional service.