Without mentioning your job title, how would you describe what it is you do now?
At work, I help clients work their way through potentially existential issues; at my place of business I try to provide mentorship and leadership so as to leave the place better than I found it; in the community, I try to have my contributions (in time and money) reflect the immensely privileged position my family and I are fortunate to be in.
What was your main driver to enter the legal industry?
Intellectual challenge, creativity, and the joy of always learning.
What are the first three words you think of when you hear the word ‘diversity’?
Aspirational, challenging, commitment.
What do you think it will take to develop truly diverse thinking within the legal industry?
Two main things, in my view: more diversity among us and more recognition by everyone of the reality that our own backgrounds can’t help but drive our perspectives and if you really want to grow, you need to challenge yourself and others on that piece.
Katherine is a Partner at Stikeman Elliott LLP.