• Allstate Canada
  • Markham, Ontario, Canada
  • Nov 17, 2022
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel) General Counsel Lawyer (Other)

Job Description

Who is Allstate:
Allstate Insurance Company of Canada is a leading home and auto insurer focused on providing its customers prevention and protection products and services for every stage of life. Serving Canadians since 1953, Allstate strives to reassure both customers and employees with its “You’re in Good Hands®” promise and is proud to have been named a Best Employer in Canada for nine consecutive years. Allstate is committed to making a positive difference in the communities in which it operates through partnerships with charitable organizations, employee giving and volunteerism. To learn more, visit www.allstate.ca. For safety tips and advice, visit www.goodhandsadvice.ca.

Through our Employee Value Proposition, Opportunity, Flexibility, Community, Diversity and Family, we have worked hard to develop and nurture a culture where employees feel valued, experience personal growth, have career options and truly enjoy the work they do.

Role Designation: Hybrid (1-2 days in office)

Benefits to joining Allstate

Flexible Work Arrangements

Employee discounts (15% on auto and property insurance, plus many other products and services)

Good Office program (receive up to 400$ back after purchasing office equipment)

Student Loan Payment Matching Program for Government Student loans

Comprehensive Retirement Savings Program with employer matched contributions

Annual Wellness allowance to support employees with improving health and wellbeing

Personal reflection day

Tuition Reimbursement

Working within the community and giving back!

Job Description:
Reporting directly to the President and CEO, the Vice President Legal, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary provides independent counsel on a broad range of legal, business, regulatory and compliance matters, and serves as a key member of the Company’s Senior Leadership Team. From a Corporate Secretary perspective, the role is accountable for providing corporate governance expertise and administrative oversight for all corporate proceedings and related corporate records.

Accountabilities :
The General Counsel is responsible for providing legal representation, guidance, and advice in all substantive areas of law affecting the Company, and is specifically responsible for the following:

Leading and engaging a talented team of lawyers and support staff, as well as the Company’s compliance, ombudsmen, and government relations team.

Delivering and managing the provision of high quality, timely and cost-effective legal services to meet the Company’s corporate, strategic and operational needs.

Analyzing insurance regulatory requirements and the law and working with management to comply.

Proactively counseling business partners on emerging legal issues, risk and on strategic initiatives.

Collaborating, as needed, with other legal divisions, including the Allstate Corporation’s US legal team, to provide support for corporate acquisitions, dispositions, reorganizations, and strategic investments, as well as provide support for the negotiation, drafting and interpretation of legal agreements with service providers and other external parties.

Overseeing and coordinating the management of significant corporate litigation as and when required.

Leading the Company’s Ombudsmen team in responding to queries or complaints made under applicable legislation. Investigate compliance issues and coordinate responses to regulatory inquiries or examinations.

Overseeing government relations activities for the company, including developing and maintaining relationships with insurance regulators and legislators for purposes of negotiating the most advantageous position for the company in compliance with the law.

The General Counsel also acts as Corporate Secretary to the Company and those principal responsibilities include:

Developing, implementing, and managing appropriate systems and processes to ensure the Board’s ongoing compliance with its corporate governance obligations.

Ensuring the Board and its Committees are provided with all information and support required to enable the proper and effective discharge of their respective duties.

Acting as Secretary to the Board and its Committees and carrying out their respective directions as required.

Ensuring the Company’s responsibilities under applicable corporate law are complied with, including but not limited to:

Compliance to applicable governing legislation and constitutional documents

Maintaining minutes and corporate records related to Board and Committee meetings

Responding to shareholder information requests

Filing corporate returns as required and within statutory timeframes

Convening and overseeing the conduct of members’ and/or shareholders’ meetings

Qualifications :
Law degree from a Canadian law school or equivalent.

Member of the Ontario Bar in good standing.

15 years of corporate experience gained in a leading law firm or sophisticated in-house environment, including experience in regulated financial services and public companies.

Experience managing relationships with provincial and/or federal regulators.

Demonstrates sound judgment with the ability to critically analyze situations, problem-solve and deal with ambiguity.

Exhibits a business-minded approach to law.

Fundamental knowledge of insurance products, distribution systems, claims processes, compliance, and operational risk.

Ability to develop strong relationships throughout the organization and influence senior leaders and teams.

Strong negotiation, mediation, and facilitation skills.

Proven leadership skills with the ability to develop, coach and manage a team

Allstate Canada Group has policies and practices that provide workplace accommodations. If you require accommodation, please let us know and we will work with you to meet your needs.      

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