Associate General Counsel

  • Emera
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Jun 21, 2022
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel) General Counsel Lawyer (Other)

Job Description

We are currently looking for an Associate General Counsel to join our Emera Corporate Legal team on a permanent basis. Reporting to the Emera Executive Vice President Legal and General Counsel, you will assume day-to-day leadership responsibility for a team of lawyers and manage relationships with Emera’s outside legal firms.

You and the Emera legal team will provide senior level commercial and legal expertise to the structuring, due diligence and terms of financings, mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, greenfield developments and capital projects. You and your legal team will also provide on-going prompt and considered advice to the senior executive team in support of Emera’s operations and growth strategy and also support the sound and progressive governance, risk management and compliance practices of the Emera group of companies.

Your depth and breadth of regulatory and corporate commercial law experience will position you as a key contributor to Emera’s corporate growth objectives. Emera and its subsidiaries operate with integrity, accountability, and economic efficiency in support of their respective shareholders, customers, employees, and other stakeholders. Pursuant to Emera’s succession planning process, the successful candidate will be considered able to progress to the Executive Vice President Legal and General Counsel position.

Preferred Qualifications:

You have earned a reputation for your strong legal, regulatory and compliance expertise as well as your leadership skills, keen commercial sense, and ability to facilitate major transactions and projects.  In this role, you will take on and be expected to excel in what is a significant corporate legal leadership role in North America.  You will have the opportunity to apply your technical, business and people skills.

As the ideal candidate, you will possess:

  • At least twelve (12) years of post-call experience in-house or with a top-tier law firm, with a strong corporate/commercial focus;
  • A law degree (LL.B. or Juris Doctor) from an accredited law school and eligibility to practice in Nova Scotia;
  • Exceptional leadership, time management, project management and organizational skills, with strong attention to detail;
  • Superior judgement, tact, and diplomacy as well as strong negotiation and commercial acumen;
  • A results-oriented attitude with the ability to manage complex and confidential matters with extreme sensitivity and professionalism; and
  • Regulatory law experience in the utility industry will be considered a strong asset.

At Emera Inc., our employees are our greatest strength. Our Leadership Competencies set standards that advance our business strategy, deliver results for customers, and provide career development for employees. As the ideal candidate for this position you speak up on health, safety, and environment issues, and demonstrate a belief that all injuries are preventable.  You support flexibility in the workplace and embrace change.  As the Associate General Counsel, you build strong collaborative relationships with a commitment to a respectful, inclusive, and productive work environment while demonstrating integrity and a commitment to operational excellence for our customers. Lastly, we encourage you to proactively ask questions and seek information to understand how your work relates to the business goals and make well informed decisions.

Why join Emera? 

Emera is one of Atlantic Canada’s largest publicly traded companies, and a North American Top 20 utility. Our ability to serve more customers in more places is thanks to the commitment of our 7,100 employees in Canada, the USA, and the Caribbean. As we develop, we are excited to welcome new team members who are committed to our purpose and our approach to business. Emera values people who believe that safety and health, relationships, and excellence are integral to how we work. In return, we value the diversity of our people and invest in their growth through:

  • competitive compensation packages: including a comprehensive pension and benefits plan and employee-sponsored saving plans.
  • opportunities for career growth: including a strategic focus on employee development plans, ​ opportunities to advance within and between our affiliate companies, sponsored education programs.
  • giving back to communities: including corporate investments in the places where our people live and work; employee dollars-for-doers and fundraising-matching programs, scholarships for children of employees.

Reports to:  EVP Legal and General Counsel

Application Requirement:  To apply, please click on the blue ‘APPLY NOW’ button in this job posting, complete all required information fields, and attach your cover letter and resume into one single file to the online form.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application Deadline:  We encourage you to apply at your earliest opportunity but no later than July 4, 2022. Late applications may not receive consideration.

Recruitment and Promotion Policy: When filling vacant positions, we are determined to hire the best candidates available. We are committed to providing employees with a fair and equal opportunity to compete for jobs. Hiring and promotion of employees is based on skills, capabilities, knowledge and demonstrated abilities.

In accordance with Emera’s occupational health and safety program and the Emera Vaccine Program, subject to any approved accommodation, all employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  For clarity, “fully vaccinated” means 14 days since having the number of doses or combination of doses of a vaccine approved by Health Canada or local public health agencies in the jurisdiction in which they will be employed.

At Emera we value diversity, equity, and inclusion.  We strongly encourage applications from all qualified candidates, including persons who identify as racially visible, Indigenous, persons with disabilities, women in underrepresented roles and members of the LGBTQ+ community. Applicants from these equity groups may self-identify through the on-line application process. Emera supports candidates and employees with access and accommodation needs.