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Senior Counsel, Commercial Law (Hybrid)

Location: 

Toronto, ON, CA, M5G 1X6

Req ID:  39871

Status: Full-time, Permanent

Location: Toronto, ON (Downtown)

Working Conditions: Flexible Hybrid Working Environment 

Education Level: University Degree: Bachelors of Law Degree (LLB\JD), Member in good stand with the Law Society of Ontario (must retain status)

Travel: Yes, approximately 10% (mainly within the Durham region)

 

BE THE GENERATION to help build a brighter tomorrow.

 

Ontario Power Generation continues to set the bar for environmental protection, community involvement, and economic impact while safely keeping the lights on. Now we've set our sights on being a net-zero carbon company by 2040 and a catalyst to help the economies where we operate achieve net-zero by 2050.

OPG operates a diverse portfolio of generation assets, including nuclear, hydroelectric, biomass and solar. We are also a clean-tech leader and innovator, offering challenging and unique work opportunities. Help us use our power to change the world. 

 

JOB OVERVIEW

 

OPG is looking for a business-minded and results-oriented legal professional to join its legal team in the role of Senior Counsel

 

Reporting to the Assistant General Counsel, the role of Senior Counsel provides strategic legal support to OPG in corporate and commercial law practice. Responsibilities will include providing advice to various levels of management, including senior executives and reviewing, drafting and negotiating various legal documents.

  

This is an exciting opportunity to work in an environment where you will contribute to OPG's growth and success in generating safe, clean, reliable, low-cost power in a sustainable manner.

 

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES 

 

  • Provide high-quality and timely legal advice on corporate/commercial matters;

  • Stay current on OPG's business and legal issues in general, including statutory changes, significant case law, and prevailing legal strategy;

  • Work independently and as a member of a team to identify, research and resolve legal issues, overcome practical barriers, and provide options that will work best for the OPG business;

  • Develop and provide strategic advice to business partners within OPG, as well as to other lawyers within Law Division;

  • Educate business partners about legal matters and developments relevant to their business area;

  • Participate proactively in cross-functional core teams engaged in major projects, strategic business initiatives, procurement procedures and other similar matters, including participating in developing and executing commercial strategies;

  • Prepare and/or review and negotiate various documents, including agreements on behalf of OPG;

  • Employ effective work practices and file management;

  • Meet all work schedule requirements and proactively pursue new challenges and files;

  • Liaise and develop effective relationships with internal stakeholders at all levels of the organization.  Interact with and represent OPG with external stakeholders, including OPG's shareholder, government bodies and ministries, financial institutions, external counsel engaged by OPG, and opposing legal counsel.

 

EDUCATION

 

  • Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB/JD);

  • Member in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario (must retain status); and

  • P.Eng. designation and/or prior experience in the energy industry will be considered an asset.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

 

We are seeking a lawyer with corporate/commercial experience ideally gained at a large law firm or in-house legal department of a large corporation, as well as the following:

 

  • Minimum  6 – 10 years of experience in corporate/commercial law;

  • Ability to build relationships with business partners and be a team player;

  • A results-oriented focus and the ability to work in a fast-paced, changing environment and effectively manage several projects simultaneously;

  • Experience in providing legal support in respect of major infrastructure projects, including drafting and negotiating contracts and supporting pre-litigation commercial dispute resolution processes;

  • Experience in providing legal support in respect of financial transactions, general corporate/commercial matters and public procurement processes;

  • Strong verbal communication skills; ability to influence and communicate effectively across the company and externally at all levels;

  • Strong analytical, research and problem-solving skills with a keen eye for detail;

  • Highest level of personal integrity, sound professional judgement and business acumen;

  • Proven ability to work in a complex, regulated corporate environment;

  • Superior writing skills, including the ability to compile information from research, case files or verbal direction to draft documentation;

  • Ability to provide sound, risk-informed and practical legal advice;

  • Demonstrated ability to be proactive and confident; and

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Outlook Express, document management and other similar technology tools. 

 

The successful candidate will exhibit uncompromising integrity and commitment to upholding corporate values and the OPG Code of Business Conduct.

 

WHY OPG?

As Ontario's largest clean energy generator, OPG offers an exciting combination of challenging opportunities and career diversity in a fast-paced work environment. Being an OPG employee means you can apply your knowledge, broaden your skills and make a valuable contribution to an organization that is vital to the province's wellbeing.

 

At OPG, our values are our strengths. They are fundamental truths about our organization that don't change. Safety. Integrity. Excellence. People and Citizenship.
 

Here's why OPG might be the ideal workplace for you:

  • Exceptional range of opportunities province-wide

  • Long-term career growth and development opportunities

  • Electricity is vital to the province, and OPG's clean electricity is helping decarbonize other sectors.

 

Our promise to you:

  • We care about the safety and the well-being of our employees. It is our utmost priority.

  • A supportive work environment where you can be your best every day.

  • Opportunities to stretch and develop.

  • Offer different ways for you to give back to communities where we operate.

  • Partner with Indigenous communities and support local businesses.

  • We support employment equity, diversity and inclusion.

 

If you are looking to learn from others and be part of something important and excited about the future of power generation, you will find the right fit at OPG.

 

NEW CAMPUS In 2025, OPG is establishing a new corporate headquarters on a campus setting in the Municipality of Clarington, located within the Durham Region. The new campus will include the existing Darlington Energy Complex just south of Highway 401 and a new building to be constructed on adjacent land presently owned by OPG.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

OPG is exclusively partnered with The Heller Group for the hiring of these two positions; applications are encouraged and should be submitted online Senior Counsel, Commercial Law - OPG (catsone.com). For more information, don't hesitate to contact Jennifer Mitchell jennifer@hellergroup.ca or Sherri Pinsler sherri@hellergroup.ca at The Heller Group. We thank all those who express an interest; however, only those chosen for the interview process will be contacted.
 

ACCOMMODATIONS
OPG is committed to fostering an inclusive, equitable, and accessible environment where all employees feel valued, respected, and supported. If you require accommodation during the application or interview process, please advise us as soon as possible so appropriate arrangements can be made. If you require information in a format that is accessible to you, please contact AODA@opg.com

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