Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Blakes), one of Canada’s largest and most successful law firms, is currently looking for an Event Specialist to join the Client Relations & Marketing department in the Toronto office.
In conjunction with the Toronto event team, this role is responsible for planning, coordinating and executing a variety of client-facing and internal Firm events and seminars that meet the Firms’ business development objectives.
Primary responsibilities associated with this position include:
- Assisting and collaborating with the Business Development team, lawyers and other stakeholders to develop memorable, unique client events and experiences, including seminars, receptions, dinners and special events, and providing support for tradeshows, conferences and sponsorships
- Coordinating and executing events and seminars end-to-end, including, but not limited to, planning, budget management, logistics, tracking, creative components to event onsite support and post-event reporting ensuring logistics are executed seamlessly
- Working with the Business Development team to assist with managing invitation lists
- Developing and managing event critical path, day-of-event schedules and run sheets
- Gathering and helping to prepare event and seminar materials and AV requirements, involving coordinating in-house and offsite venue resources
- Supporting the Manager, Client Programming & Events with Firm retreats and annual Firm Partners’ Meetings
- Sourcing, negotiating, coordinating and maintaining strong relationships with suppliers and venues
- Working with the Creative Services and MarTech teams to draft various print and electronic materials and coordinating the process for electronic invitations and communications
- Keeping up to date on industry trends with an eye for implementing new ideas/experiences and improving the event management process
- Bachelor’s degree in business, marketing or equivalent or a college diploma with a focus in marketing and/or events
- Minimum of three years of corporate event experience
- Outgoing, personable, able to think on their feet, excels in high-pressure scenarios and remains calms under pressure
- Flexibility with hours of work is required – events take place before and after normal working hours and occasionally on weekends
- Ability to adhere to multiple deadlines, juggle multiple events and prioritize tasks accordingly in a fast-paced, busy work environment
- Project management experience would be an asset
- Comfort and confidence to work collaboratively with people at all levels
- Strong client-service approach and desire to meet high expectations
- Ability to take initiative, ownership of tasks, establish priorities and be accountable/responsible
- Excellent communication skills (verbal and written)
- Exceptional organizational skills and high attention to detail
- Ability to work independently and in a team environment
- Effective problem-solving skills and judgment
- Strong logistical and planning skills
- A creative thinker who always strives to deliver the best possible outcome
- Strong working knowledge of Excel, PowerPoint, Word, CMS
How to Apply:
To apply for this position, please submit your application along with a cover letter and résumé directly to our application portal.
Blakes wishes to thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
Who We Are
At Blakes, we are all about our people. We are committed to not only providing exceptional client experiences, but also fostering an open and inclusive workplace culture for legal professionals and administrative professionals. As a winner of the Canada’s Best Diversity Employers award, as well as the Greater Toronto’s Top Employers award, we know that diversity and inclusion are not simply initiatives on the perimeter of our business — they are the core of our success. We understand the importance of cultivating an environment that brings out the best in each person. Our success as a Firm starts with the hiring, development and retention of top talent.
Blakes welcomes applications from all qualified applicants. The Firm is committed to maintaining an inclusive work environment comprised of people with diverse perspectives, backgrounds, identities and cultures.
The Firm provides accommodation for applicants with disabilities during the recruitment process in accordance with applicable laws. Please contact us to request accommodation.
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