Legal Counsel

  • Ontario Northland
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • May 08, 2024
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel)

Job Description

Who We Are:
At Northland, we’re enablers of change, united by our journey to transform the energy sector into the foundation for a sustainable future.   Since our inception, we’ve been early movers in the energy industry, adopting new initiatives that pave the way for communities across the globe and helping forge their path towards a carbon-neutral landscape.   We’re a different kind of independent power producer. As developers, owners and operators who are at the forefront of the energy transition, we’re uniquely positioned to leave a lasting impact in the regions where we operate. We’ve expanded our business across Canada, the United States, Latin America, Europe and Asia to become a global leader, all by bringing together industry experts to find solutions with an entrepreneurial mindset.   While our work powers communities across the globe, Northland is powered by our people.   What You’ll Do:
As a Legal Counsel, you will provide legal support to Northland Power Inc. and its global subsidiaries across a broad range of areas, including acquisition and sell-down transactions, project financings, greenfield development projects (onshore wind, offshore wind, solar, storage), operations matters, head office functions and corporate initiatives.   Key Responsibilities
  • Work with project teams to manage and advise on a range of M&A and joint venture opportunities, including acquisitions, sell downs, formation of partnership structures, competitive RFPs, project financings and debt compliance matters;
  • Negotiate, review, and draft transactional and commercial agreements, including shareholder and partnership agreements, joint development agreements, equipment supply agreements, PPAs, O&M contracts, and various commercial agreements;
  • Manage and advise on transaction structuring and risk mitigation, including with respect to legal due diligence;
  • Provide advice to Northland’s business teams on a variety of day-to-day legal matters, including governance, regulatory and contractual compliance, approvals and consents, and contract drafting and interpretation;
  • Engage, manage and instruct external counsel as required to support the initiatives of Northland’s business teams;
  • Ensure all legal documentation is compliant and conforms to Northland’s guidelines, approach, terms and conditions; and
  • Provide occasional support to Northland’s other global businesses activities.
  Who You Are:
  • Dynamic: You thrive in a fast-paced environment and can prioritize effectively.
  • Independent: You are an independent thinker and naturally set your own timescales and milestones to ensure you meet your objectives.
  • Results-Oriented: You are business-minded, have a proven ability to think strategically, provide creative solutions-based advice and proactively assess risks to help Northland achieve key initiatives.
  • Collaborative: You build relationships easily and enjoy working as a team while interacting with a diverse set of internal and external stakeholders and counterparties.
  • Diligent: You are organized, thorough and detail-oriented, allowing you to meet competing deadlines while delivering value-added advice.
  • A strong communicator: You are an effective communicator with a track record of influencing decisions through clear communication and understanding of company-wide priorities.
  Qualifications and Experience
  • Ideally 3-6 years post-call legal experience.
  • Experience in the acquisitions/divestments, development and financing of projects, ideally within the energy industry and/or infrastructure.
  • Licensed to practice in Ontario, and in good standing.
  What’s In It for You: Our employees are the driving force behind our achievements. We are unwavering in our commitment to not only recognise your contributions but also to empower you to excel in every aspect of your life. Here's a glimpse of why Northland is the place where you'll truly thrive:
  • Presence with purpose – You can take advantage of our hybrid model (team-dependent, you work from wherever makes you most comfortable). Our Workplace Reimagined framework also offers flex time so you can define your work schedule within certain parameters.
  • Thoughtful benefits – A competitive RRSP matching scheme of 8%; extended health, dental and vision benefits for yourself and your immediate family from day one; paid parental leave; Accident and Life Insurance and disability benefits are just a few of the benefits you’ll be able to access.
  • Wellbeing first – Staying true to our taking care of ourselves and each other value, you will have access to our global Wellness Program and Employee Assistance Program, including access to mental health resources.
  • Floating days and Birthdays off – As part of our commitment to promoting a healthy work-life balance, you will get your birthday off so you can celebrate however you choose! You will also receive three additional days off annually to observe any other events that are important to you.
  • Continuous Learning support – You will gain new skills by accessing LinkedIn Learning’s on-demand platform with 16,000+ courses in multiple languages, and by taking advantage of our education reimbursement program.
  We hire talented and passionate people from different backgrounds. If you’re excited about a role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with this job description, we still encourage you to apply. Learn more about our diversity, inclusion and belonging commitments .   Disclaimer This document is a guide. The duties, responsibilities, and requirements of the jobs as described herein are not inclusive and are subject to change. Northland Power is an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to creating a fair, inclusive and accessible environment. As part of our commitment we work to ensure our application process is accessible to all candidates. If you require special assistance or accommodation during the hiring process, please notify a member of the HR Department.