Canada: BLG Conquers Kilimanjaro to Raise Funds for Children’s Literacy
Last Updated: June 14 2006

Three lawyers from Borden Ladner Gervais LLP will participate in the Summit of Literacy Climb this July

Toronto, Ontario June 2nd, 2006 – Three lawyers from Borden Ladner Gervais LLP will climb snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro , Africa’s Highest peak, to raise money in the name of children’s literacy. The Summit of Literacy climb will raise funds and build awareness for the Canadian Organization for Development through Education (CODE).

CODE is an award-winning charitable organization that promotes education and literacy in developing countries by supplying locally published materials for training teachers and tutors to teach children how to read. The program benefits over 300 teachers and 49,000 children in 79 schools.

The team will be led by BLG lawyer Christopher Bredt, who is Chair of CODE's Board of Directors and the creative force behind the Summit of Literacy climb.

"This will be a once in a lifetime experience for each climber, but more than that, it is an opportunity to help thousands of children learn to read in Tanzania," said Chris Bredt. "Literacy and education are essential to sustainable growth in the developing world. One of CODE’s primary focuses is literacy amongst women and children. Women who are literate have fewer children, their families are healthier, and their children become better educated."

Fellow BLG lawyers Christina Litt and Steve Winder will join Mr. Bredt on the 9-day climb, beginning on July 3, 2006. Each climber will pay for his or her own trip, and the BLG team members have committed to raise a minimum of $60,000 for CODE.

Donations can be made through the CODE website ( - click on Adopt a Library/Tanzania) where each climber has a web page that describes the school in Tanzania that he or she has adopted.

BLG is a strong supporter of children’s literacy programs. In September of 2003, the firm launched BLG Reads to Kids, a nation-wide initiative that allows over 400 professionals and employees to read with children from kindergarten to grade three in schools located in economically disadvantaged areas across Canada. To help encourage children to read at an early age, BLG has supplemented the program with a book donation drive.

Accompanying the BLG team will be Mr. Bredt’s wife Jamie Cameron, a professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, CODE Board member George Anderson (past-president of both the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and the Insurance Bureau of Canada), Anita Bohez, and Judy Hauserman.

About Christopher Bredt

Christopher Bredt is a senior litigation partner in BLG’s Toronto office practicing administrative, constitutional and corporate/commercial litigation. He is leading CODE’s Summit of Literacy climb and has been chair of CODE’s Board of Directors since June 2005. Chris has run a number of marathons around the world, including the Paris and Boston marathons, and is hoping that his running will keep him in shape for the climb.

About Christina Litt

Christina Litt is a second-year associate in BLG’s Toronto office practicing commercial litigation. This will be Christina’s first trip to Africa and her first mountain climb, although she is familiar with mountains from a different perspective. As an avid skier, Christina grew up racing slalom and giant slalom across Ontario and training at Whistler and mountains in Quebec and the United States. Christina participates in BLG’s Reads to Kids program and is in the process of breaking in her new hiking boots in preparation for the climb.

About Steve Winder

Steve Winder is a partner in BLG’s Vancouver office practicing employment and securities litigation. This will be Steve’s second trip to Africa, having visited Cairo two years ago. It will be his first mountain climb. Steve’s interest in literacy stems from his volunteer work in the BLG’s Reads to Kids program, where he helped kindergarten children experience the joys of reading.

About the Canadian Organization for Development Through Education (CODE)

CODE is a Canadian charitable organization that has been promoting education and literacy in the developing world for more than 40 years. CODE builds the bridge of literacy by developing partnerships that provide resources for learning, promote awareness and understanding, and encourage self-reliance.

About Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

With more than 700 lawyers, intellectual property agents, and other professionals working in six major Canadian cities, Borden Ladner Gervais has developed a reputation as one of Canada's most respected national full-service firms. BLG offers fully bilingual legal and intellectual property services and represents a wide variety of regional, national and multinational companies as well as public institutions. For further information, visit

For further information or to schedule an interview, please contact:

Sarah Hall
Media Relations
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Scotia Plaza, 40 King Street West
Toronto Ontario, M5H 3Y4
(416) 350-2569

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