TORONTO (October 5, 2004) LAWFUEL – Best law news, legal, attorne…

TORONTO (October 5, 2004) LAWFUEL – Best law news, legal, attorney, law firm news– For the second consecutive year, Blake, Cassels &
Graydon LLP (Blakes) is one of Canada’s best employers and the only law firm to earn
a place on the 2004 list of “Canada’s Top 100 Employers” released today by national
news magazine, Maclean’s. Blakes is also proud to be listed by Maclean’s as one of
the “Top 10 Companies for Promoting Women,” which recognizes companies where women
make up more than 57 per cent of managers.

“We work hard to make Blakes a great place to work and are pleased to be included in
the list of Canada’s Top 100 Employers,” said Jim Christie, the Firm’s Chairman. “At
Blakes, our goal is to partner with our clients to provide them with all the legal
services they require. We recognize that one of the best ways to achieve that goal
is to invest in our staff and professionals, providing training opportunities,
recognizing achievement and creating a positive work environment.”

The list of top 100 employers is compiled annually by Mediacorp Inc., Canada’s
largest publisher of employment periodicals. Following an initial review of over
52,000 Canadian employers, 6,000 companies were invited to participate and over
1,000 completed the extensive application process. Organizations are graded on seven
key areas – physical workplace, work atmosphere, benefits, vacation and time off,
employee communications, performance management and training. The employer’s
charitable efforts and community involvement are also considered.

Founded in 1856, Blakes has over 500 lawyers and offices in Canada, the United
States, Europe and China. In May 2004, Chambers and Partners Legal Publishers named
Blakes “Canadian Law Firm of the Year.” Blakes has also been ranked “Canada’s
Leading Law Firm” in The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers 2003/2004,
published by Law Business Research, with more lawyers ranked as leading business
lawyers than any other law firm in Canada. The Firm’s signature, “Blakes means
business” is not just a catch phrase but a discipline that defines how Blakes helps
clients achieve their business objectives. More information on Blakes is available
by visiting the Firm’s Web site at .

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