Senior Counsel I or Counsel II

  • Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Jun 30, 2020
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel) Solicitor

Job Description

Senior Counsel I or Counsel ll

Location of Position: Home base location is in Toronto. Currently: work from home protocol in place until further notice.

The Senior Counsel I or Counsel ll will report to the Senior Counsel, Legal Group Lead

The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) works at the heart of Ontario's power system ensuring affordable electricity is available where and when people need it. To do this the IESO manages the power system in real-time, plans for the province's future electricity system needs, manages existing contracted resources, acquires resources, enables conservation and designs a more efficient electricity marketplace to support sector evolution.


The IESO is seeking a new lawyer to join its legal team. The successful applicant will have a minimum of three years post-call experience , gained in leading law firms or fast paced in-house environments.


The position will be either Counsel II or Senior Counsel I, depending on successful applicant experience.

Please note that IESO is on a work from home protocol until further notice.


General Accountabilities

As a member of the Legal Department, Counsel will work collaboratively and provide high-quality solution oriented legal services on a range of matters supporting IESO’s strategy and mandate including:

  • Management of electricity generation contracts
  • Acquisition of new electricity system resources
  • IESO market operations including interpretation, administration, and development of Market Rules and related matters
  • Interpretation and compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements
  • Disputes that may arise under or in relation to Market Rules or contracts
  • Supporting the operations of the IESO, including procurements of goods and services, non-disclosure agreements, intellectual property, privacy (including Freedom of Information access requests), and records management, and legal research

Specific Accountabilities:
Supports the achievement of the strategy and mandate of the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) by providing legal advice and guidance on a full range of legal matters including:

  • Advising on multi-disciplinary legal projects, providing strategic legal advice on a range of complex legal, regulatory, policy and business issues
  • Advising in relation to the development and implementation of programs and procurements administered by the IESO
  • Advising on a variety of contract management matters especially for electricity generation contracts
  • Providing legal advice in support of electricity market operations including interpretation, administration and development of the IESO’s Market Rules and related matters
  • Advising on disputes that may arise under or in relation to Market Rules or contracts
  • Interpretation and compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements
  • Providing general legal advice to support the operations of the IESO including advising on procurements of goods and services, drafting and administration of non-disclosure agreements, advising on intellectual property, privacy (including Freedom of Information access requests) and records management
  • Providing specific legal research, advice and opinions on issues not delegated to outside counsel. This includes both engaging and instructing outside counsel and personally carrying other files to completion.
  • Ensuring legal advice is linked to the organization’s strategic objectives; acts as an integral part of internal and external project teams.


Selection Criteria

  • A member in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario.
  • A minimum of 3 years post call experience in commercial or transactional law gained either in a leading law firm or in-house law department setting
  • Experience in any of the following specific areas is an asset:
    • electricity or energy law
    • infrastructure or construction law
    • banking and finance law
    • procurement law
    • administrative law
    • privacy law
    • regulatory law


  • Ability to work collaboratively in a busy team environment
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Ability to analyze complicated issues and recommend practical solutions
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent negotiation and drafting skills
  • Deadline-oriented
  • A strong personal commitment to client needs
  • Organizational and time management skills
  • A strong commitment to public mandate of IESO and corporate objectives
  • Ability to influence peers and others in the organization
  • Strong problem-solving skills

What the IESO Offers:

  • Competitive market wages
  • Comprehensive benefit programs
  • Programs and policies to support a balanced lifestyle
  • A challenging fast-paced team environment
  • Opportunity to work with some of the brightest people in the industry


While we appreciate your submissions, we regret that we can only contact those candidates selected for interviews.

We thank all candidates for their interest in opportunities with the IESO. Be sure to follow us on LinkedIn .

The IESO is an equal opportunity employer.

Please note the successful candidate must be eligible to work in Canada and will be subject to a background check.

Practice Area(s)

energy law