General Legal Counsel

  • Ontario Northland
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Jul 06, 2022
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel) General Counsel

Job Description

Full Job Description

We want Northland to be the first choice for talented people looking for a rewarding and challenging career. Our workforce is a diverse team of individuals with a broad, multi-faceted skill set dedicated to delivering results for our stakeholders while upholding our values and culture.  
  • Mike Crawley, President and CEO
  What you’ll do:

As our General Counsel, you will manage legal affairs for Northland Power Inc. and its affiliates, leading and scaling the function as we continue to build our global practices and processes. This includes managing the delivery of legal services from both internal resources and external legal advisors to support Northland’s strategic objectives. Reporting into the Chief Executive Officer, the General Counsel will be part of our executive leadership team and act as a trusted advisor to this group. You will also interact and manage issues related to our Board of Directors. Currently Corporate Affairs (Government Relations, Indigenous/Community Affairs and Environmental Compliance) report through the General Counsel.   Key Responsibilities
  • Provide the leadership team with strategic legal advice across a wide range of matters, including general corporate, corporate governance in a publicly traded company environment, risk management and compliance, securities regulation and public disclosure, commercial contracts, intellectual property, employment and litigation
  • Manage an international corporate structure by implementing and maintaining best practices in global entity management
  • Lead a global team of legal professionals to support execution of Northland’s strategic initiatives across all aspects of Northland’s business (including development, construction and operations) and maximize their potential, including coaching and guiding lawyers through their career development
  • Manage an international roster of outside counsel relationships that currently exist, and ensure that proper relationships are cultivated and developed as necessary
  • Implement and manage enterprise risk management policies and process appropriate for a rapidly growing international business
  • Provide senior management, the NPI Board and other functional groups with advice regarding strategic transactions and oversee internal and external legal resources to successful execute transactions and post-closing integration
  • Manage and provide advice to management regarding litigation matters impacting Northland Power Inc. and its affiliates
  Who you are:
  • A generalist: You have a broad understanding of the technical and functional components of a Legal function, including: contracts and commercial law; employment; litigation; intellectual property; compliance, strategic transactions; and due diligence/integration related to partnerships.
  • A strong communicator: You present legal concepts in a digestible and sensible way and are known for having a very clear, concise and impactful communication style.
  • Results oriented: You find novel solutions to legal problems and have a strong track record of managing an effective legal function for an international company undergoing growth. You have a bias for action and driving to balanced solutions that scale our business.
  • Business minded: You are a business-minded legal practitioner able to see well beyond legal issues. You have the ability to translate complex legal principles into practical and effective business solutions.
  • Collaborative: You build relationships easily and enjoy working as a team to get things done. You are recognized as a partner and resource by all.
  • A forward-thinking people leader: You have built high-performing global teams and have experience growing managers to the next level.
  Qualifications and experience
  • Minimum of 15 years of legal experience, preferably with a blend of private top-tier national/international law firm and in-house experience
  • Experience working as a true business partner to an executive team
  • Strong understanding of Canadian corporate and commercial law; preference for candidates called to Ontario bar
  • Exposure to the renewable energy industry is desired
  • Experience managing an international compliance function including business ethics, anti-corruption, privacy
  • Experience with issues related to a publicly traded company and related compliance with securities laws and public disclosure matters
  Disclaimer This document is a guide. The duties, responsibilities, and requirements of the jobs as described herein are not inclusive and are subject to change. Northland Power is an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to creating a fair, inclusive and accessible environment. As part of our commitment we work to ensure our application process is accessible to all candidates. If you require special assistance or accommodation during the hiring process, please notify a member of the HR Department.   #LI- MP1  

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