Senior Legal Counsel, Employment and Labour Law

  • Trans Mountain Corporation Inc.
  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Mar 31, 2023
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel)

Job Description

Trans Mountain operates Canada’s only pipeline system transporting oil products to the West Coast. We deliver approximately 300,000 barrels of petroleum products each day through 1,150 kilometres of pipeline in Alberta and British Columbia, and 111 kilometres of pipeline in Washington state.


Our Core Values


Trans Mountain’s core values – Safety, Integrity, Respect and Excellence – guide our every step. Each obstacle we’ve overcome or success we’ve experienced has been the result of a shared commitment to living these values every day. Together, we’re focused on doing the right thing for each other and our communities.


Reporting to the Vice President Legal, the Senior Legal Counsel, Employment and Labour Law will be responsible for HR legal issues supporting the governance of the employer-employee relationships within the organization.


This role is accountable for upholding and protecting the obligations of the organization under appropriate legislation, rules, and regulations along with ensuring the organization is complying with the laws related to the formation, full lifecycle, and cessation of employment relationships.


This is a 16 month contract role, based our of our Calgary Head office.


Key Responsibilities:


  • Provide legal advice to Trans Mountain Leadership on employment and labour law matters including, discipline and termination of employment, constructive and wrongful dismissal, as well as conflict-related to harassment, bullying, violence, sexual harassment, and discrimination
  • Advise in formulating, drafting, editing, and implementing labour & employment-related company strategies, policies, and procedures to mitigate risk to Trans Mountain
  • Draft and/or manage preparation for external resources for claims, contracts, or other legal documents to support Trans Mountains' legal proceedings as well as employment and labour-related legal briefs and legal opinions
  • Conduct legal research to develop an understanding of precedents and how past outcomes can be leveraged to support Trans Mountain
  • Interpret, advise and proactively communicate/update Trans Mountain on employment and labour-related laws, rulings, regulations & general compliance, outlining the implications to Trans Mountain


Qualifications and Professional Experience:
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Law (L.LB) or Jurist Doctor (J.D.) from an accredited law school
  • Membership in the Canadian Bar Association.
  • Registered member in good standing of the Law Society of Alberta (LSA).
  • 10+ years relevant and related experience
  • Strong understanding and experience with:
    • Regulatory, and/or contract administration
    • Canada Labour Code
    • Alberta Human Rights Act
    • British Columbia Human Rights Act
    • Ability to exercise disgression, and manage
  • Strong analytical and interpretive skills to recognize and comprehend complex issues, policies, regulatory and legislative requirements, and information affecting the client’s environment
  • Proven relationship management, consulting, and teamwork expertise
  • Excellent oral, written communication, and presentation skill
  • Commitment to the highest level of integrity and confidentiality


We Build Careers and Pipelines That Last


Our story is about determination, resourcefulness and resilience. It’s about charting our own course, finding innovative solutions to challenging problems and doing the right thing. It was true when Trans Mountain became a company in 1951 and it’s just as true today. We welcome new members to our team that embrace the qualities in our story, that thrive on the new path and directions we take. Our culture is one of care and taking our responsibilities seriously. If you would like to contribute to our culture, then join our journey.


A Rewarding Opportunity


We offer:


  • Valuable experience providing opportunity for professional development and career advancement;
  • An opportunity to engage with and learn from some of the most talented and experience people in the business;
  • Competitive compensation;
  • A place to share a sense of purpose and build relationships;
  • Meaningful work that makes a difference;
  • An opportunity within the Canadian energy industry.


We value:


  • The health, safety and wellness of everyone working in our company;
  • Meaningful participation from Indigenous and local communities;
  • The commitment and resilience of our people;
  • Collaboration and achieving success together.


In keeping with Trans Mountain’s commitment to maximize benefits for communities, priority will be given to qualified candidates from Indigenous, local and regional communities along the Trans Mountain existing, and expansion, pipeline corridor.


In Alberta, the existing pipeline system spans the traditional territories of Treaty 6, 7 and 8, and the Métis Nation of Alberta (Zone 4).


In British Columbia, the system crosses the traditional territories of numerous First Nations that are affiliated with the Secwepemc, Dakelh (Carrier), Nlaka'pamux, Syilx/Okanagan, Interior and Coast Salish, Stó:lo, as well as the Métis.


Trans Mountain also operates through 15 First Nation Reserves located within the region spanning the BC interior through Fraser Valley.


Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion


Trans Mountain is committed to supporting diversity and individual differences. The diverse viewpoints and cultural knowledge that our employees bring to work enrich our organization’s collective cultural understanding, which is reflected in the work we do every day. Trans Mountain welcomes new team members from traditionally underrepresented groups, including women, Indigenous Peoples, members of visible minorities and persons with disabilities.