Lawyer, Privacy

  • CN
  • Canada
  • May 19, 2024
Hybrid Lawyer (In House Counsel)

Job Description

At CN, everyday brings new and exciting challenges. You can expect an interesting environment where you’re part of making sure our business is running optimally and safely―helping keep the economy on track. We provide the kind of paid training and opportunities that long-term careers are built on and we recognize hard workers who strive to make a difference. You will be able to thrive in our close-knit, safety-focused culture working together as ONE TEAM. The careers we offer are meaningful because the work we do matters. Join us!

Job Summary

The Counsel, Privacy is responsible for advising on all legal questions relating to privacy and data protection law for CN’s Canadian and U.S. operations. The role collaborates with internal clients on compliance programs and issues, provides recommendations to mitigate risks of privacy breaches, and develops and implements privacy policies and training.

Main Responsibilities

Privacy Law in Canada and the U.S.

  • Provide legal advice and guidance to internal clients on privacy and data protection matters
  • Provide legal advice on privacy impact assessments and recommendations to mitigate risks
  • Collaborate with internal teams to assess privacy and data protection risks and response in the event of complaints or incidents
  • Prepare responses to freedom of information and access to personal information requests
  • Draft, negotiate, and revise privacy and data protection provisions in agreements
  • Instruct external counsel in complex matters

Develop Policies and Training

  • Develop, implement, and refine privacy policies, procedures, and playbooks
  • Develop training and education to employees on privacy and data protection matters

Ensure Regulatory Compliance

  • Monitor and analyze developments in privacy and data protection laws and regulations and take proactive steps to ensure compliance

Working Conditions

The role has standard working conditions in an office environment with a regular workweek from Monday to Friday. The role is eligible to participate in CN’s hybrid work policy of 3 days in office and 2 days remote. The role requires minimal travel (10%) within Canada and the U.S. Due to the nature of the role, the incumbent must be able to meet tight deadlines, handle pressure, and stress.



Privacy and Data Protection Law

  • Minimum 5 years of experience with privacy and data protection law in Canada
  • Minimum 5 years of experience with privacy and data protection law in the U.S., including Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) as well as Illinois and other state privacy laws*
  • Any experience for any of the above would be considered as an asset


  • Juris Doctor or Equivalent from a recognized law school
  • Member of the Bar in a province or state where CN has substantial operations


  • Collaborates with others and shares information
  • Communicates with impact
  • Demonstrates agility and drives change
  • Knows the business and stays current on industry needs
  • Applies critical thinking
  • Identifies potential safety and security risks

Technical Skills/Knowledge

  • Knowledge of privacy and data protection laws in Canada
  • Knowledge of legal regulatory environments in Canada and the U.S.
  • Knowledge of constitutional law
  • Knowledge of transportation regulations*
  • Knowledge of privacy and data protection laws in the U.S.*
  • Fluently bilingual, both written and verbal (English, French)*
  • Any knowledge for any of the above would be considered as an asset

About CN

CN is a world-class transportation leader and trade-enabler. Essential to the economy, to the customers, and to the communities it serves, CN safely transports more than 300 million tons of natural resources, manufactured products, and finished goods throughout North America every year. As the only railroad connecting Canada’s Eastern and Western coasts with the Southern tip of the U.S. through a 19,500 mile rail network, CN and its affiliates have been contributing to community prosperity and sustainable trade since 1919. CN is committed to programs supporting social responsibility and environmental stewardship. At CN, we work as ONE TEAM, focused on safety, sustainability and our customers, providing operational and supply chain excellence to deliver results.


At CN, we are dedicated to building North America’s
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