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General Counsel

Posted By Administration, May 11, 2018

Management Employment Opportunity

General Counsel

One of life’s great opportunities is the opportunity to coach, mentor and lead a team. To pass your knowledge and wisdom on to others. To support and enable them to do their very best work and to encourage them in difficult times. And in doing so, to leave a legacy. This could be the position you have been waiting for; General Counsel, leading the legal team at Hydro Ottawa.


To safeguard the enterprise’s reputation, minimize its exposure while optimizing business value, and ensure compliance with applicable laws and company policies, the General Counsel, reporting to the President and Chief Executive Officer, is a strategic advisor to the corporation, its subsidiaries and boards of directors, directs legal services, oversees outside counsel, and ensures that Hydro Ottawa is appropriately represented during legal interactions with external stakeholders. The General Counsel is responsible for the delivery of all legal services except in the areas of employment, labour, and health and safety law and regulatory proceedings. The General Counsel is a member of the Executive Management Team.


Legal Advice
• Consider and evaluate risk, liability, exposure, and legal accountabilities and advise the enterprise’s senior leaders accordingly regarding the strategic direction and planned initiatives or growth, business practices, corporate policies, operations, and enterprise structure.
• Offer legal advice on current issues as well as proactive advice on potential legal issues and/or upcoming/possible changes to applicable laws and regulations; anticipate issues and the legal risk.
• Develop and maintain a legal strategy to protect the enterprise’s interests.
• Clarify and interpret legal/regulatory language and specifications.
• Maintain knowledge of the law and stay informed about any anticipated or upcoming legislative changes.
• Consult, collaborate with and provide advice and support to the Director, Corporate Planning and Governance and Associate Corporate Secretary and Governance Officer.

Legal Services Direction
• Attract, hire, train and develop, and inspire a team of legal professionals to advise, support and collaborate with internal clients, and external stakeholders as required, on matters such as: mergers and acquisitions, structuring, financing and disposition of assets; intellectual property; customer claims/complaints; damage to Hydro Ottawa property; corporate financing; major purchases; and insurance.
• Lead the strategic and tactical provision of legal services including but not limited to document drafting and/or review (of proposals, agreements, contracts, leases, etc.), oversight/pursuit of claims, negotiation strategy development, due diligence planning and review, bid coordination, and compliance monitoring.
• Establish goals and standards, monitor workload, provide guidance and assess performance.
• Encourage and lead the development of solutions and/or compliance programs with internal clients (such as forms, templates and tracking systems) that mitigate legal risk.
• Monitor the team’s adherence to ongoing processes, both legal and administrative.
• Respond to matters of quality and timeliness of legal services; seek feedback from clients on the legal team’s performance.

Outside Counsel Oversight
• Identify matters requiring referral to outside counsel and obtain their services (except for matters related to employment, labour and health and safety law, insurance policies where the insurer appoints counsel and regulatory proceedings).
• Provide outside counsel with appropriate context, background, guidelines and authorization.
• Determine, clarify, and communicate the respective roles of internal and external counsel.
• Evaluate external legal work and opinions and advise senior leadership.
• Review outside counsel fees; ensure appropriate and timely payment for services.

Hydro Ottawa Representation
• Represent or ensure legally-qualified personnel with solid communication and interpersonal skills are representing Hydro Ottawa in interactions with external parties, such as court appearances, tribunal proceedings, negotiations, planning meetings, or settlement discussions.
• Establish and monitor standards of performance regarding day-to-day written and verbal communication between members of the legal team and external stakeholders.
• Act on behalf of Hydro Ottawa and respond to requests for access to information and/or privacy complaints and breaches as per the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA) and disclosure obligations under the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA).


• Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) or Juris Doctor (JD) degree; MBA or B.Sc. in Business considered an asset
• Member in good standing of the Bar of Ontario; licensed to practice law in the Province of Ontario
• Minimum 10 years’ experience in the practice of law, with responsibility for providing legal services and advice to executive level leadership, ideally in a corporate environment
• Commercial and corporate law experience, including the provision of advice to boards of directors or similar bodies; broad knowledge in litigation, tax, and regulatory law and/or public utility experience an asset
• Proven record of providing value-added, strategic advice and developing legal strategies to meet business goals
• Experience as an effective legal team leader
• Knowledge of the laws of Quebec and a licence to practice in the Province of Quebec an asset
• Exceptional English language proficiency, verbal and written; bilingualism (French/English) an asset

This is a management group opportunity and salary will be commensurate with qualifications.

If this sounds like the position you’ve been waiting for, please visit our careers website at and apply with your cover letter and resume by May 25, 2018.

Hydro Ottawa is committed to establishing a qualified workforce that reflects the diverse population it serves and we encourage applications from all qualified individuals. We are also committed to preventing and removing barriers to employment for people with disabilities, and we invite you to inform us should you have any accessibility or accommodation needs.

Selected candidates must be legally entitled to work in Canada.

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