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SENIOR COUNSEL, COMMERCIAL LAW (Toronto, Hybrid)

Location: 

Toronto, ON, CA, M5G 1X6

Req ID:  39871

BE THE GENERATION to help build a brighter tomorrow.

Every generation has a challenge that defines them. At OPG, we are calling on all innovators, disruptors, thought leaders and change-makers. Join us to electrify life in one generation and build a sustainable future powered by our electricity, our ideas, and our people. Join OPG, and make history. 

 

WHAT YOU'LL BRING TO OPG  

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: 

 

  • Six-plus years of experience in corporate/commercial law. 

  • Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB/JD). 

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

  • 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. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • Demonstrated ability to be proactive and confident. 

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

  • P.Eng. designation will be considered an asset.

  • Corporate/commercial experience ideally gained at a large law firm or an in-house legal department of a large corporation. 

  • Experience working in/for/on behalf of an organization in industries such as utilities, energy, power, mining, heavy/industrial, infrastructure, manufacturing, telecommunications, real estate or the broader public sector. 

 

WHAT WE HAVE TO OFFER

 

ABOUT THE ROLE: As part of OPG's law division, reporting to the Assistant General Counsel, you will provide 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.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • 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.

 

WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU

 

 

This is an exciting opportunity to work in an environment where you will contribute to Ontario Power Generation’s continued growth and success in generating safe, clean, reliable, low-cost power sustainably. 

 

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

  • Be part of something important and excited about the future of power generation. 

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

  • We offer a supportive work environment where you can be your best daily.

  • Learn from the best; be part of an industry-leading innovative organization, where you will have challenging scope like no other and an organization where you have access to opportunities across a diverse mix of work in the energy sector. 

  • Competitive total rewards package with retirement savings of a defined benefit pension plan. 

  • Be part of an industry where power will always be needed and heavily relied upon as we further electrify. 

  • Flexible work arrangement and hybrid working environment.  

  • Exceptional range of opportunities to stretch, advance and develop.  

  • Work for a business that cares and is committed to building a sustainable future. Our public commitments help hold us accountable for OPG’s climate change plan, Our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy and Our Reconciliation Action Plan. 

  • Participate and volunteer to get involved in the various ways OPG gives back to the communities where we operate.

  • Be part of making a difference in the lives of fellow Ontarians and Canadians. Electricity is vital to the province, and OPG's clean electricity is helping decarbonize other sectors. 

 

OUR PROMISE TO EQUITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION: OPG is committed to accelerating equity, celebrating diversity and fostering a culture of inclusion where all employees are valued, respected and supported. If you require accommodation during the application or interview process, please make appropriate arrangements can be made. If you need information in an alternative format, please get in touch with AODA@opg.com.

 

NEW CAMPUS In 2025, (OPG) is establishing a new corporate headquarters in the Municipality of Clarington, located within the Durham Region. The new campus will be built adjacent to the existing Darlington Energy Complex. 

 

ABOUT ONTARIO POWER GENERATION (OPG): We continue to set the bar for environmental protection, community involvement and economic impact—all 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. 

 

Status: Regular Full Time  

Working Conditions: Hybrid Working Environment 

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

Location: Downtown Toronto - 700 University Ave, Toronto, ON

Shifts(s): Days

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

 

OPG thanks all those who apply; however, only candidates considered for an interview will be contacted.

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