Counsel (Litigation)

  • AGCO
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Jul 21, 2022
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel) Lawyer (Public Sector)

Job Description

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is a regulatory agency that reports to the Ministry of the Attorney General. The AGCO is responsible for regulating the alcohol, gaming, horseracing, and private cannabis retail sectors in Ontario, in accordance with the principles of honesty and integrity, and in the public interest.

The Legal Services Division of the AGCO provides a broad range of legal services such as issuing Notices of Proposal and Orders of Monetary Penalty, representing the Registrar at Tribunal and Court proceedings, providing advice and opinions to AGCO staff on corporate and administrative law issues, drafting contracts, assisting with the process of drafting legislation and assisting in policy development.

The Legal Services Division is seeking a Counsel to provide legal advice and services in administrative law, regulation and litigation on behalf of the AGCO. Reporting to the Chief Legal Officer, you will provide legal advice on the application of statutes and legislative instruments administered by the AGCO and on the application of statute and common law to the activities and operations of the AGCO. You will also conduct litigation under the Liquor Licence and Control Act, the Gaming Control Act, the Cannabis Licence Act, and the Horse Racing Licence Act, prepare appeals and judicial reviews to Divisional Court and to the Court of Appeal for Ontario and assist with the drafting and review of legislation, contracts and other documents. In addition, you will support committee work or special projects and liaise with the public, other government authorities and the police on behalf of the Registrar.

The ideal candidate will have:
  • Law Degree accompanied by relevant experience working within the public service, a regulator, or at a regulated entity.
  • Membership in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario.
  • Experience in administrative law litigation.
  • Strong advocacy skills.
  • Knowledge of relevant legal and regulatory frameworks and demonstrated ability to work effectively within those systems.
  • Knowledge of legislation administered by the AGCO.
  • Understanding of corporate/commercial law as it applies to Crown agencies.
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise good judgement.
  • Strong analytical, research and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Superior interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to work well independently and within a team.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills and demonstrated ability in drafting legislation, regulations, and briefing materials.
  • Ability to adapt and work effectively in a fast-paced, complex and ever-changing environment.
  • Ability and willingness to travel, including a valid Ontario driver’s license.
  • The successful candidate must reside in Ontario or be prepared to relocate to Ontario.
  • The successful candidate must be eligible to work in Canada and will be subject to a criminal background check.
The AGCO has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy that requires all staff, including prospective new employees, be fully vaccinated by a Health Canada approved COVID-19 vaccine. Individuals with valid medical or other human rights-based exemptions will be considered for appropriate accommodation within the policy.

The AGCO is an inclusive and equal opportunity employer.
The AGCO has the responsibility to lead by example in advancing racial equity and to build a diverse, inclusive, accessible and respectful workplace where every employee has a voice and the opportunity to fully contribute. To this effect, you are encouraged to reflect upon the diversity you would bring to the role within your application including, but not limited to, individuals identifying with one or more of the under-represented groups identified within Ontario’s Human Rights Code.

Disability related accommodation during the recruitment process is available upon request.