Legal Counsel

  • Payments Canada
  • Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Jan 27, 2018
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel)

Job Description

Legal Counsel

Do you want to help shape Canada’s financial services industry?

Who We Are

The Canadian economy depends on the exchange of billions of dollars each day. Payments Canada is responsible for the clearing and settlement infrastructure, processes and rules essential to those transactions.

Like a complex network of bridges and roads, Payments Canada connects. We connect with our system participants and stakeholders to promote value flow in the economy. And we connect payers and payees to meet the needs of Canadian businesses and consumers.

In accordance with our mandate, Payments Canada also facilitates the interaction of our systems with other payment systems, both within Canada and internationally, and facilitates the development of new payment methods and technologies.

Who You Are

You are an experienced lawyer with a strategic and business-focused mindset who thrives on working on a diverse range of legal and regulatory matters. You enjoy developing and maintaining positive relationships with internal business partners and external stakeholders. You have outstanding attention to detail and the ability to work efficiently and independently under broad instructions. Critical thinking and problem solving excite you. You can communicate easily with all levels of an organization, and like to mentor and share your knowledge with peers.

You have an LL.B or equivalent, in addition to experience in a law firm or in-house corporate counsel role. You have a “can-do” attitude and you excel in ambiguous and rapidly changing situations. You get things done and take an innovative approach to your work.

The Position

Reporting to the Senior Director, Legal Services & Assistant General Counsel, Legal Counsel functions as part of a collegial team and provides strategic and business focused legal analysis and advice to Payments Canada relating to its statutory mandate, legal and regulatory framework, strategic goals, and general business affairs.

Education/Other Requirements

Baccalaureate of Laws (LL.B) or Juris Doctor (J.D.)
Member in good standing with the Law Society of Upper Canada (Ontario)
Minimum of 5 years of post-call corporate law experience in a law firm or in-house/corporate counsel position (candidates with lesser or greater experience will be considered)
Experience in drafting and interpreting legislation, bylaws, rules and standards, and organizational policies
Experience in reviewing, drafting, and negotiating contracts
Valid criminal records check or eligibility to obtain
Experience in financial services and with federally-regulated entities is considered an asset
Bilingualism (English and French) is considered an asset
Payments Canada as an Employer

Talent development is a priority at Payments Canada. Advancement of your skills and competencies is of mutual benefit to you as an individual and to us as an organization. Payments Canada will provide you with a team environment and organizational culture that will support continued growth and individual learning opportunities that progress you along a rewarding career path.

We offer a competitive compensation package commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package.

What We Need From You

If this role excites you, we want to hear from you! Please take the time to tell us about yourself in a cover letter – we want to hear your story – your background, your accomplishments, and why this role is a good fit with your future career aspirations.

Qualified applicants should submit their covering letter and résumé, including salary expectations, to: by January 22, 2018. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Practice Area(s)

Corporate Law


5 years