Legal Counsel

  • CN
  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Jun 13, 2023
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel)

Job Description

Canadian Pacific (CP) and Kansas City Southern (KCS) are now CPKC. As the only truly North American railway, we are making big moves! Drawing on our strong foundations and heritage, CPKC moves essential goods across our 20,000-mile network to support economic growth throughout Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. Be a part of history as we connect a continent and create exciting career opportunities across our new transnational network. Visit to learn about the CPKC advantage, our purpose and culture.




CPKC Legal Services is seeking an experienced Legal Counsel to join our dynamic Commercial group, reporting to the Senior Legal Counsel - Commercial. The successful candidate will provide proactive business-oriented legal advice to the corporation at all levels, and will provide support to senior lawyers primarily in the area commercial law. The successful candidate must have the ability to work on-site, based in CPKC’s corporate headquarters five days a week.




  • Work independently and in coordination with various internal business departments in negotiating and drafting contracts and related documents, including procurement agreements, construction agreements, service agreements, software license and/or service agreements, facility agreements, shipping/customer agreements, and other industry-related type business agreements
  • Provide legal support to the Purchasing Department and other internal business departments as dictated by the needs of the departments and the direction of the Senior Legal Counsel – Commercial and the Legal Services leadership team
  • Provide general legal advice in the interpretation, and application of legal concepts and principles relating to contract provisions and applicable commercial, transportation and regulatory law, while ensuring alignment with established CPKC policies, practices and procedures
  • Prepare precedence forms of template agreements to reflect current legal trends, compliance with CPKC policies, practice, and procedures, and the business needs of CPKC
  • Provide internal legal support to various departments regarding contract disputes and pre-litigation matters
  • Provide instructions, direction and oversight to outside counsel in their performance of CPKC legal work in all matters assigned to outside counsel
  • Provide support to the Legal Services team in other areas of law, including regulatory and litigation, as needed from time-to-time
  • Provide legal opinions as requested by Senior Legal Counsel – Commercial and the Legal Services leadership team
  • Professionally and effectively communicate with internal clients and the Legal Services leadership team in a timely manner regarding commercial transactions
  • Provide legal support to internal clients and the Legal Services leadership team on joint ventures and other commercial arrangements with third parties
  • Provide back-up and support for other members of the Legal Services team as required
  • Assist the commercial legal team in all aspects of its legal practice
  • Other duties as determined from time-to-time by Senior Legal Counsel – Commercial and the Legal Services leadership team




  • Graduate of a recognized law school and membership in the Law Society of one or more of the provinces of Canada
  • Minimum 5 to 7 years of legal practice in a private law firm, or corporate law department
  • Knowledge of transportation and regulatory laws, both federal and provincial, would be preferred
  • Possess strong analytical skills and ability to apply applicable legal principles to CPKC business and operations, and excellent communication skills to deliver effective, proactive, holistic, strategic legal advice
  • Ability to effectively manage relationships with outside counsel
  • Demonstrated organizational skills to prioritize high volume work load in a time sensitive environment
  • Demonstrated experience in participating in multi-faceted transactions and achieving successful results with a diverse group of stakeholders
  • Willingness and ability to work outside of normal business hours as required to provide timely legal advice and services
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work independently with minimal supervision




  • Flexible and competitive benefits package
  • Performance Incentive Program
  • Competitive company pension plan
  • Employee Share Purchase
  • Annual Fitness Subsidy




As an employer with North American presence, the possibility does exist that the location of your position may be changed based on organizational requirements.



Background Investigation:

The successful candidate will need to successfully complete the following clearances:

  • Criminal history check
  • Reference check



Management Conductor Program:

Becoming a qualified conductor or locomotive engineer is the single best way for a management employee to learn the business at CPKC. You may be required to obtain a certification or to maintain your current certification/qualification as a conductor or locomotive engineer.



CPKC is an employment equity employer committed to the principles of employment equity and inclusion. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply including women, Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (BIPOC), members of the LGBTQ+ community, and people with disabilities. Accommodations for the job application process can be provided, as appropriate, upon request. All applicant information will be managed in accordance with the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA)”.