Legal Counsel

  • Alberta Energy Regulator (AER)
  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Oct 21, 2021
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel)

Job Description

Location(s): Calgary Head Office

Employment Type:  Full Time – Limited Term (12 months)



The Opportunity


Experience genuine teamwork by working with lawyers, the client, and stakeholders to deliver legally sound innovative solutions. We are seeking diverse individuals with strong technical skills to join the legal team at the Alberta Energy Regulator.


For more than 75 years Alberta’s oil and gas regulator has adapted to meet innovations in technology, new industry activity and changing social expectations. Law Branch members are involved in all aspects of regulating energy resource activity from cradle to grave in the province. The work is varied, stimulating, and rewarding. You will work closely with a diverse technical community on a wide range of matters.


We are seeking an individual who is keen to deliver results. Law Branch is committed to providing legal and strategic advice that is timely, practical, and solutions and delivery focused.


If this opportunity is of interest, then we would like to hear from you.


Your Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide legal advice to AER personnel in all branches and offices, including hearing commissioners and delegated decision makers, on all facets of the AER’s business and regulatory functions, in particular the processing of regulatory appeals, applications and related statements of concern and providing legal support on closure, compliance and enforcement matters.

  • Provide legal analysis, interpretation, advice and opinions regarding AER administered legislation and legislation (including FOIP legislation, insolvency legislation and related jurisprudence) to which the AER is subject, rules and regulatory instruments, policy development through membership on applicable internal committees.

  • Participate in AER hearings and ADR and prepares court pleadings and submissions and briefs and represents the AER in the Court of Appeal of Alberta and other courts and tribunals (e.g., Human Rights Commission, Alberta Ombudsman, etc.).



  • Member in good standing of The Law Society of Alberta.

  • Seven to ten years providing legal services in at least two of the following areas: administrative/regulatory law, litigation and/or energy/environmental law.

  • Superior legal research skills.

  • Strong attention to detail with high importance placed on accuracy and high calibre work products.

  • Superior writing skills.

  • Collaborative team player.

  • Experience working in-house in a public/regulatory body or quasi-judicial board or agency is considered an asset.


Additional Requirements/Information:

  • All applicants must be legally entitled to work in Canada at the time of application.

  • This is a 12 month, Full Time- Limited Term contract with high potential for extension.


Additional Working Conditions


COVID-19 & Future Hybrid Work Model Information


The majority of employees are working remotely as we navigate the pandemic. As such the following related requirements apply:

  • Willing and able to work remotely while we are in Covid-19 pandemic response.

  • Have access to personal devices (e.g., computer/laptop).


We understand the way we do our work has changed and our employees are looking for flexibility with a blend of in-office and remote work.  Following the work from home orders being lifted (or once it is safe to do so) the AER will be transitioning to a 12-month hybrid work model to live, learn and adapt our flexible, hybrid model in a way that works for our business and our employees.


What does our hybrid work model look like?

  • Combination of in-office and remote work based on your preference and business needs!

  • Flexible work hours, while committing to being available during our core hours of 9:00am – 3:00pm.


If you choose to participate in the hybrid model, you will:

  • Be provided with an AER computer or laptop when working in the office.

  • Need to have access to a personal computer when working from home (unless assigned an AER laptop - dependent on business need).

  • Have a high-speed internet connection with a minimum of 50 Mbps for downloads and 30 Mbps for uploads when working remotely.


Benefits at the AER

  • Flexible benefits program

  • Work/Life Balance time off programs

  • Healthcare spending account

  • Voluntary Group Savings Programs

  • Employee & Family Assistance Program

  • Visit our careers page for more details on all the AER has to offer!


For Internal Applicants Only

  • Under the AER’s Classification Framework this position is a SP4, Level 6.

  • In the event a current AER employee would like to apply for an internal posting, the employee will inform their leader prior to submitting their application.

  • Please note: Should an individual with the required qualifications not be available, applicants with closely related qualifications may be considered. As a result, the position may be redesigned and/or reclassified.

  • This position is eligible as a Temporary Assignment. Should the successful employee be a permanent employee, they would retain their permanent status for the term of the contract and potentially be eligible for Acting Pay as per the AER’s Compensation Policy. At the end of the assignment, the employee would either return to their current role or be reassigned to an equivalent role within the organization.


Please note, this job advertisement will close on November 3, 2021 at midnight.  Legal Job Board in Alberta

Practice Area(s)

Energy Law