Legal Counsel - Major Projects

  • Fortis BC
  • Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
  • Sep 01, 2020
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Job Description

We’re looking for new talent to join us as we reinvent the future of energy. Across BC, we have a diverse team of more than 2,400 employees we can’t do without, yet we’re growing as fast as ever.

You may think we’re your standard utility that delivers natural gas and electricity, but we’re also into cool, innovative energy solutions. Think carbon capture, renewable energies and lower-carbon transportation for a start. We believe in creating a cleaner, healthier tomorrow.

If you like meaningful work, a dynamic environment and forward-thinking colleagues, build your career with us. You’ll get opportunities to grow, lead, solve, and create. So what are you waiting for? Let’s rethink energy together.

Position Overview

Are you a strong collaborator with a background in legal counselling?
Are you a detailed individual with an ability to communicate effectively with various groups?
Are you looking to put your legal skills to work while supporting projects in the energy sector?


If that’s your truth and you can handle the truth, look no further! We want to hear from you! We’re looking for new talent to join us as we reinvent the future of energy. As part of our Legal team, you’ll join a diverse team of employees we can’t do without!


If you like meaningful work, a dynamic environment and forward-thinking colleagues, build your career with us. Let’s rethink energy together.


As our Legal Counsel for Major Projects, you’ll bring your legal expertise to life to support our Major Projects. You’ll work to collaborate and build strong partnerships to ensure our legal responsibilities are met, so our projects move smoothly and successfully. As well, you’ll require a strong understanding of project delivery models, the contract lifecycle and project roles and responsibilities.

In this role, you will:
  • Be the dedicated lawyer assigned to two or more of our major projects. 
  • Provide legal support on a broad range of commercial matters related to the major project, including contract negotiation, drafting and interpretation, contract management, claims, commercial disputes and procurement.
  • Coordinate all legal resources on the projects and manage the external legal budget for the projects.
  • Independently manage a large volume of legal files with competing deadlines and communicate effectively with business owners to manage their expectations.
What it takes:
  • Law degree (LLB or JD) plus at least six years of post-call experience either in an in-house legal department or in a law firm and must be a member in good standing of the Law Society of BC.
  • Must have experience with a variety of construction related agreements, including Design Build Agreements, FEED Agreements, ECIs and EPCMs. 
  • Extensive experience drafting, reviewing and negotiating contracts.
  • Ability to work independently and take instructions directly from business owners.
  • High level of organizational skills with strong analytical ability and attention to detail .
  • Ability to manage multiple time-sensitive projects concurrently and manage business owners’ expectations.
  • Ability to collaborate with a wide range of stakeholders as part of a team.
  • The ability to present legal issues and options to senior project management and executive .
  • Demonstrated ability to provide practical legal opinions and advice.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook and SharePoint .
  • Ability to occasionally travel, primarily within BC, and the ability to maintain a flexible work schedule based on operational needs.

Not required but an asset:

  • Real property matters including advising on SRWs, easements, license agreements and expropriations
  • Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety law
  • Funding and project development agreements
  • First Nations law.

Our engaging workplace offers a wide range of challenging opportunities, while being safe, inclusive and diverse. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, while supporting life-long career development. We also encourage volunteerism and nourish the need to give back to your community.



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