Diversonomics Season 4, Episode 3 | Partnership admission: Addressing the risk of unconscious gender bias

19 minute read
04 November 2019

In 2018, Gowling WLG Canada embarked on its three-year Clients First: Strategic Plan. One of the goals of the comprehensive plan is to have a partnership that is one-third female by January 1, 2021.

To help make this happen, Gowling WLG engaged Deloitte as a third-party consultant to conduct a thorough examination of the firm's existing approach to partnership admission - and make recommendations on how to reduce the impact unconscious gender bias may have on it.

Tune in to season 4, episode 3 of Diversonomics as hosts Roberto Aburto and Cindy Kou speak with Gowling WLG Canada CEO Peter Lukasiewicz about the steps the firm is taking to improve - and ultimately eliminate unconscious bias from - the partnership admission process.

Episode tip:

"If we're going to continue to advance as a firm, we need to be certain that our processes are giving everybody equal opportunity to prove their merit, to fulfill their career ambitions and ultimately to be appropriately considered for admission to the partnership."
- Peter Lukasiewicz, Chief Executive Officer, Gowling WLG Canada

A woman shakes a man's hand from across the table during an interview process


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Episode hosts

Roberto Aburto

Roberto Aburto is a partner in Gowling WLG's Ottawa office, practising in municipal law and civil litigation, with a focus on real estate disputes, land use planning law and commercial litigation.

He is also an active member in the swimming and lifesaving community, serving on the board of directors for the Lifesaving Society (Ontario Branch) as the corporate secretary/legal adviser, and on the Lifesaving Society (National Branch) National Team Selection Committee for Lifesaving Sport.

He is also co-chair of Gowling WLG's Diversity and Inclusion Council and is committed to promoting these principles.

To learn more about Roberto, visit his bio, follow with him on Twitter or connect on LinkedIn.

Cindy Kou

Cindy Kou is a business law associate. She assists clients in a broad range of industries with corporate, commercial, and regulatory matters. She also regularly advises on technology law matters.

Cindy holds degrees in Common Law and Civil Law from McGill University and has worked in both common and civil law jurisdictions in Canada and abroad. She speaks French and Mandarin.

To learn more about Cindy, visit her bio or follow her on Twitter.

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