Assistant Secretary and Senior Legal Counsel, Legal Compliance & Governance Group

City: Ottawa - Gatineau
Last visit: 2014-07-08
Author's ads: 1

Posted: 2014-07-08


Job Description 

Assistant Secretary and Senior Legal Counsel, Legal Compliance & Governance Group-0001BQ


EDC is Canada's export credit agency, offering innovative commercial solutions to help Canadian exporters and investors expand their international business. EDC's knowledge and partnerships are used by more than 8,400 Canadian companies and their global customers in up to 200 markets worldwide each year.


EDC is financially self-sustaining, and is a recognized leader in financial reporting and economic analysis.


Position Overview


EDC is seeking a team and solution-oriented corporate, commercial senior lawyer to join its Legal Services division of approximately 25 lawyers who provide a wide range of legal services to the Corporation. The successful candidate will provide strategic legal advice, policy guidance and complex drafting for EDC and its Board of Directors ("Board") with a view to ensuring highest levels of corporate governance practices, and promote and work towards improving the working and professional efficiency and effectiveness of EDC's Corporate Secretariat ("Secretariat") in technical/professional areas.



Corporate law

Capable of handling, and expected to bring broad legal and corporate knowledge to bear on, all types of work related to own areas of specialty in respect of corporate law matters affecting EDC and its subsidiary and their respective corporate activities and initiatives.   Provides customized solutions to a variety of complex issues and problems, beyond issues presented by client.

Collaborates with members of other teams or cross-departmental groups, including EDC's executive officers, in all aspects of the corporate law matters, and legal obligations of EDC and its subsidiary arising out of provincial and federal legislation.

Drafts complex documentation including both internal governing documents (examples include corporate by-law and policies, terms of reference for the Board and its committees, resolutions, minutes of meetings of the Board and its committees and other decisions of the Board) and external documents  (such as engagement contracts with service providers

Provides legal advice on various matters, including authorization and compliance requirements, input on new and existing corporate programs and initiatives, internal policies, procedures and guidelines, in all cases including modifications reflecting changes in legal development, as well as ad hoc research/advice on Board related matters.  Providing such advice may include

(1) interpreting the Export Development Act, the Financial Administration Act and other statutes (examples include the Conflict of Interest Act, and the Canada Business Corporations Act);

(2) interpreting corporate documents (including EDC's By-law, terms of reference for the Board and its committees, resolutions of the Board and other decisions of the Board

(3) providing timely and practical responses to interpretation questions from business teams and/or legal colleagues; and

(4) where appropriate, retaining, supervising outside counsel, and reviewing outside counsel's documents and advice.

Corporate Governance Law

Capable of handling corporate governance matters, particularly those relating to the Board and its committees, in a sensitive and extremely discreet manner.

Co-ordinates with relevant teams within EDC to ensure that major governance documents (including EDC's By-law and terms of reference for the Board and its committees) are reviewed and updated as required to reflect decisions taken by Board as well as changes in applicable law or standards, and drafts revised documents incorporating resulting changes.

Provides input into the planning and coordination of meetings of the Board and its committees.  Prepares or reviews and comments on Board papers relating to transactional and non-transactional matters, and engages with related business teams to provide comments and advice.

Attends meetings of the Board and its committees to record deliberations, uses knowledge of EDC's business and structure to reflect legal and strategic issues and ensure that all deliberations are fully and fairly presented in comprehensive minutes.

Relationship Management

Assists with verifying Board compliance with ethical standards by means including preparation of documents related to conflict of interest and disclosure of interests, annual certification of Board compliance with EDC's Code of Conduct and related policies.

Interacts without supervision with external service providers, counsel, government and crown representatives and is capable of representing EDC and Secretariat in such contexts; assists in the coordination of meetings of the Crown Corporation Corporate Secretaries ("CCCS") group, and engages with other members of CCCS group (responding to and initiative queries) regarding benchmarking and other issues relevant to EDC.

Establishes and maintains relationships with EDC's Executives and members of the Board (particularly with chairs of its committees) to ensure smooth operation of the Board and its committees, and presentation of relevant material as and when appropriate.


Screening Criteria

Member of the Bar of one Canadian province or territory

Minimum of 10 to 12 years of relevant legal experience providing legal input on a wide range of corporate documents and issuesSkills & Knowledge

Exceptional drafting skills and policy orientation

Superior creative and critical thinking skills to apply to complex issues and to provide advanced solutions


Strong influencing and negotiation skills

Strong relationship management skills

Superior interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal)

Multitasking, organizational, planning and project management skills

Familiarity with corporate governance issues as well as an understanding of emerging trends and issues in this area in particular as they affect Canadian Crown corporations

Functional and thorough legal knowledge/skills relevant to areas of specialty including the Canadian Government's guidelines, policies and procedures related to the administration and implementation of various legislationAssets

Experience working within the public sector and/or experience in briefing senior officials

Bilingualism in both official languages (English and French)Salary Range

$119,000 - $161,000 + performance based incentivePlease note that we might consider candidates at a different level depending on the individual's experience and qualifications


How to apply


Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


Application deadline: July 25, 2014, 11:59 p.m. EST on


EDC is committed to employment equity and actively encourages applications from women, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities and visible minorities. If selected for an interview, please advise us if you require special accommodation.


Candidates must meet the requisite government security screening requirements.


Number of Openings: 1

Primary Location: Canada-Ottawa

Schedule: Full-time

Job Type: Permanent

Industry: Government and Public Sector

Job Function: Administrative and Clerical