Legal Counsel

  • Ontario Power Generation Inc
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Oct 19, 2018
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel)

Job Description

Status: Full Time, Permanent

Education Level: Bachelor of Law degree (LLB), Member in good standings with Law Society of Upper Canada (must retain status), P.Eng. designation and/or prior experience in the nuclear industry will be considered an asset.

Location(s): Downtown Toronto – 700 University Ave, Toronto, ON

Shifts(s): Days

Travel: Yes – As required, mainly GTA / Durham region  

Deadline to Apply: 12-July-2018


BE THE GENERATION to challenge and change.

At OPG, our values are our strengths. They are fundamental truths about us that don’t change. Safety. Integrity. Excellence. People and Citizenship.  We operate a diverse portfolio of generation assets including nuclear, hydroelectric, biomass and solar, and offer challenging and unique work opportunities. BE THE GENERATION to power tomorrow.



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

Reporting to the Assistant General Counsel, the role of Counsel includes providing strategic legal support to OPG in the practice areas of corporate/commercial law.  Responsibilities will include providing advice to various client groups, including at senior management and executive levels, in the areas of public procurement, compliance with Canada’s obligations under free trade agreements, internal procurement complaint process, creating and updating OPG internal governance, statutory and contractual requirements respecting nuclear liability and compensation, drafting and negotiating strategic agreements with OPG’s suppliers and contractors, supporting business opportunities embarked on by OPG’s subsidiaries such as Canadian Nuclear Partners, intellectual property and information and technology, construction liens and prompt payment requirements, maintaining and updating OPG’s standard contracts, supporting strategic initiatives and major projects, liaising with and managing external counsel.

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 in a sustainable manner.



Provide high quality and timely legal advice in areas on law identified above;

Develop and execute legal strategy through management of all aspects of providing legal advice in the areas of law identified above;

Advise OPG business partners on managing legal, including contractual, risks;

Stay current on OPG’s business and legal matters 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;

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

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; and

Interact with and represent OPG with external stakeholders who may include OPG’s shareholder, government bodies and ministries, financial institutions, external counsel engaged by OPG, and opposing legal counsel.



Bachelor of Law degree (LLB); and

Member in good standing with the Law Society of Upper Canada (must retain status).



We are seeking a commercial lawyer, with relevant experience ideally gained at a large Bay Street firm or in-house legal department of a large corporation, including the following: 

Minimum of 3-5 years of experience working in corporate/commercial law;

Experience with all aspects of public procurement and compliance with Canada’s obligations under the CETA and CFTA;

Experience working in/for a highly regulated industry such as utilities, energy, power, or financial services, including experience working with members of the broader public sector is preferred;

Having a P Eng. designation and/or prior experience in the nuclear industry is considered an asset;

Experience providing legal support on a wide variety of commercial contracts; must have an agile approach, aptitude to learn new subject matter quickly and ability to pivot as required;

Experience advising clients on matters related to construction liens and prompt payment requirements;

Ability to provide sound and practical legal advice; experience providing advice to key internal business partners at various levels of management, including senior executives;

Understanding or desire to gain understanding of OPG’s  business; willingness and ability to be a valued partner who provides strategic legal advice, while adding value as key decisions impacting the business are being made;

Strong interpersonal skills, experience in building and maintaining productive relationships with internal and external business partners/stakeholders; directing, liaising and briefing outside counsel as required;  

Strong critical thinking, analytical, research and creative problem solving skills, with a keen eye for detail;

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

A results-oriented focus and the ability to work in a fast-paced changing environment and effectively manage several projects simultaneously; sense of urgency and decision making skills conducive to managing priorities and meeting internal and external timelines;

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, in order to draft documentation and briefs;

Demonstrated ability to be proactive and confident; and

Proficiency with the use of information technology tools such as Microsoft Word, Outlook Express, Excel, Westlaw and Quicklaw.

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



As Ontario’s largest clean energy generator, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) offers an exciting combination of challenging opportunities and career diversity in a work environment where safety is a fundamental value. 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 Ontario's success.

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 just 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

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

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 in our diverse lines of business.
  • Provide spaces for innovative thinking and solutions, such as Launchpad or X-Lab.   
  • Offer different ways for you to give back to communities where we operate.
  • We support employment equity and diversity.



Please submit your application online at by 11:59 PM E.S.T.July 12, 2018.  OPG thanks all those who apply; however, only candidates considered for an interview will be contacted.



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.

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Practice Area(s)

Corporate Law


3-5 years