Stephanie Willson

Chief professional resources officer
McCarthy Tétrault LLP

It’s not often that law firms break away from tradition to implement cutting-edge business practices, but Willson, a change agent and acknowledged expert in talent development, has been dedicated to improving law firms’ investment in and management of lawyers. A former commercial litigator, she recently took part in the Canadian Bar Association’s Futures Initiative, which sought to address inadequacies in the legal marketplace and make recommendations for a regulatory framework that will allow lawyers to be more effective and service-oriented going forward.

Willson is focused not only on law, but also benchmarks her work against all industries to ensure McCarthy Tétrault remains competitive through strategic investment in talent development practices and programs. Her goal is to continually elevate the firm’s talent practices and ensure lawyers at all levels are equipped to handle the fast-changing legal market.