Lawyer - Corporate Counsel

  • PetroChina Canada
  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Jan 23, 2020
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel) General Counsel Solicitor

Job Description

About Us

PetroChina Canada is an integrated energy company in Canada with assets in oilsands, pipeline, gas and LNG.  As a wholly owned and operated subsidiary of PetroChina and member of the China National Petroleum Corporation, we aim to build a profitable business with a promise to develop our energy resources safely and responsibly.

Detailed Job Description

Reporting to the Director, Legal, the Corporate Counsel is responsible for performing a variety of legal activities and providing legal advice/guidance and mentorship to the projects and function departments.




The accountabilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Perform a variety of complex or specialized legal activities in accordance with the established standards of the legal profession to protect the organization's reputation and business interests and help ensure it complies with all relevant laws and regulations.
  • Provide legal advice to the projects and function departments to ensure their activities, policies, business practices, and transactions comply with all relevant laws and regulations.
  • Coordinate legal proceedings before courts, government agencies, or other authorities so the organization's interests are protected.
  • Review and/or draft contracts and other commercial instruments to ensure interests of PCC are protected, providing feedback and advice to internal clients.
  • Prepare and/or draft revisions to corporate legal documents including board and management committee resolutions, power of attorney, formal responses on behalf of PCC, and other legal instruments.
  • Support internal clients and/or lead contract negotiations.
  • Monitor, track, research and proactively advise on significant changes in legislation potentially impacting the organization’s projects, including specifically its oilsands projects and corporate operations.
  • Coordinate and monitor work of external counsel.
  • Assist Director, Legal with other matters as requested (e.g. corporate filing, researching and developing practical solutions for various legal issues, maintaining/tracking legal records, etc.)




  • Undergraduate degree
  • LLB and admitted to Alberta Bar (or another jurisdiction with the ability to be called in Alberta)

  • 3+ years’ experience at a firm or as a lawyer in-house with a focus on commercial and corporate law

  • Previous regulatory and/or litigation experience preferred

  • Demonstrated ability to understand the broader economic, strategic and operations issues facing the business

  • Solid knowledge of oil and gas exploration, production, marketing, financial derivatives, and transportation sectors

  • Proven ability to work successfully in partnership with various internal and external stakeholders

  • Keen analytic and problem solving skills
  • Ability to inspire trust in difficult situations by instilling confidence and engaging people on matters that affect them
  • Highly developed interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Ability to operate within an environment where change happens frequently
  • Demonstrated sense of urgency and strong commitment to achieving goals; ability to work in challenging, fast paced environment
  • Ability to work within tight deadlines and prioritize work to achieve them
  • Excellent relationship building skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary team with a positive attitude
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to a healthy safety and environmental culture
  • Adoption and demonstration of PCC Values (Honorable, Unified, Passionate, Accountable)

Practice Area(s)

oil and gas law


3+ years