Director, Transaction Legal

  • Infrastructure Ontario
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Jul 15, 2022
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel) Lawyer (Public Sector)

Job Description

IO’s Transaction Services and Corporate Legal Enterprise Team provides professional support to all parts of the agency. Lawyers within the team specialize in services that support infrastructure and commercial projects, construction, real estate and leasing, lending, privacy protection, government affairs, litigation, and contract management.

As part of Infrastructure Ontario’s Transaction Legal team, you will have an opportunity to play a prominent role in Ontario’s most important and complex projects, including major infrastructure projects and other government initiatives leveraging private sector partnerships. In this role you will report to the Vice President, Transaction Legal.

What You Will Do:

  • Provide high-quality and commercially-minded legal advice and service to Major Projects clients and senior management in the planning, procurement, construction and operations of major provincial infrastructure projects.
  • Be accountable for a team of lawyers in their carriage of files and issue management, and responsible for managing the team’s performance. Give direction to Transaction Legal team members and support their development through coaching and mentoring.
  • Support the Vice Presidents, Transaction Legal on corporate-wide initiatives and other general matters.
  • Oversee the provision of legal support on a portfolio of projects.
  • Provide advice and guide project lawyers in structuring and implementing major infrastructure projects. This will often require innovative thinking to develop and negotiate agreements reflecting the needs of each project.
  • Draft, review, analyze and negotiate complex agreements, opinions, memoranda, and procurement documents to manage risk and ensure that the government’s objectives are achieved.
  • Ensure compliance with Infrastructure Ontario’s governance requirements.
  • Build and maintain effective working relationships with project partners, funding partners, industry players and other stakeholders.
  • Oversee and direct external counsel; interpret and disseminate legal advice and recommendations to senior lawyers and senior management.
  • Represent Infrastructure Ontario in relations with representatives of the government, public- and private-sector stakeholders, media and general public.
  • Educate legal team and internal clients on legal matters through discussions and presentations.
  • Assume other legal and management duties as assigned.

Who We're Looking For:

  • We are seeking a person with a minimum of six (6) years of experience practicing law or similar related experience in the area(s) of infrastructure, construction, project finance, corporate/commercial and/or commercial real estate.
  • Experience with Public Private Partnerships (P3) or other project finance transactions is required.
  • Experience in infrastructure using non-P3 delivery models, construction, dispute resolution, commercial real estate, and/or other commercial contracts is desired.
  • Experience at a large national or international private practice law firm or as an in-house counsel for a large construction, financial services, real estate development, or project development organization (in either the public or private sector) is desired.
  • The candidate must have a university degree in law (LLB or JD) and membership in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario.
  • The ideal candidate will have the following skills and personal attributes:
  • Proven management and leadership skills and abilities.
  • Excellent ability to understand business issues quickly, think strategically, understand the business implications of proposed legal solutions and exercise good judgment in providing timely and practical legal advice.
  • Excellent communication, negotiation and relationship-building skills, including the ability to communicate complex legal issues in a way that can be understood by both lawyers and non-legal clients.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify areas of change and initiate, drive and see through to completion such change.
  • Consistently demonstrates reliability, a commitment to a high level of quality and care in their work, decisiveness, self-confidence, self-control and self-awareness.
  • The ability to thrive in a fast paced, highly pressured, multi-task environment with changing priorities.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a large team-based environment of a growing organization.

What's In It For You:

  • At IO, you have a unique opportunity to create a lasting impact in communities across Ontario. To support our colleagues in thriving both professionally and personally, we offer comprehensive benefits:
  • Commitment to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive culture that promotes a sense of belonging.
  • A flexible, hybrid work approach that provides balance between colleagues’ professional and personal lives.
  • A defined contribution pension plan.
  • A comprehensive benefits package that covers health, dental, vision, out-of-country care, paramedical services, and more.
  • A pregnancy and parental leave top-up program.
  • Access to our Healthcare Spending Account and a Lifestyle Account that can include coverage for gym memberships and fitness equipment, nutrition counselling or financial planning.
  • Support for professional development opportunities for all colleagues through a broad learning program that includes both workshops and virtual learning.
  • Access to a suite of virtual healthcare options to support non-urgent medical needs.

This posting will close on Friday, July 29, 2022 @ 11:59pm EST.

The salary range for this position is $127,805 to $191,405 with a corresponding job level of L3.

At Infrastructure Ontario, we strive to create a culture that encourages a diverse equitable and inclusive environment that fosters belonging. We believe that experience comes in many forms and through learning from each others’ differences and perspectives gives us strength. We are committed to enhancing our culture and encourage applications from all walks of life. Let us know if you require any accommodations for the selection process, by contacting the Talent Acquisition Team.

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