Legal Counsel/Sr Legal Counsel (Indigenous Law)

Hydro One is proud to be the largest electricity transmission and distribution provider in Ontario, serving nearly 1.4 million customers. We have a long history in the industry with our roots dating back over 110 years to 1906.  Since then, we have worked to grow and evolve to meet the changing needs of our customers and communities across Ontario. Today, we’re focused on providing exceptional customer service and ensuring we are building safe communities where we live, work and play.

It’s an exciting time to join the team at Hydro One!

Hydro One Networks Inc. is seeking a Legal Counsel with a strong background in Aboriginal law to join our company reporting to an Assistant General Counsel within the Law Department.  This position is a full-time position located at Hydro One’s head office in Toronto with occasional travel outside head office to meet with various lines of business. Circumstances may require working from home at times.

Roles and Responsibilities of the position include, but may not be limited to:

  • support and report directly to an Assistant General Counsel
  • provide support to the EVP and Chief Legal Officer as required
  • provide legal, business, and strategic advice on a wide range of corporate and commercial matters to more senior lawyers in the Law Department and to the various lines of business (LOBs) throughout the corporation and its affiliates with a focus on Aboriginal law
  • draft and negotiate sophisticated and complex legal and business documents for use within the company and outside (e.g. contracts, filings with governmental and regulatory authorities)
  • negotiate, advise on, draft and/or review various types of commercial and real estate agreements including, but not limited to, section 28(2) Indian Act permits, land transactions (easements, encroachments, licences etc.), funding agreements, waivers, construction agreements, joint ventures and partnerships
  • review and advise on legislation and regulations, as well as regulatory instruments issued by the Ontario Energy Board
  • incorporate entities as needed for transactions
  • anticipate and manage the (legal) risks connected with or resulting from the business strategy and operations
  • participate in the functions and strategic plans of LOBs and provide training to the LOBs to assist them in accomplishing corporate goals
  • manage work performed by external counsel and act as the interface between external counsel and Hydro One LOBs
  • monitor case law and industry issues and update Law Division and senior management, as appropriate
  • assist other members of Law Department
  • play a key role in proactively managing risk through training and coaching, as well as through the creation and implementation of efficient contract governance processes
  • anticipate stakeholders’ needs and proactively develop solutions to meet them
  • mentor articling students
  • perform other duties appropriate for the scope of this position

Selection Criteria:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Member in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario
  • Minimum 5 years of post-call experience as an Aboriginal law lawyer in a law firm or in house legal department
  • Aboriginal law knowledge and experience is required
  • Familiarity with the nature and scope of Aboriginal and treaty rights under section 35 of the Constitution is required
  • In-house legal experience would be an asset
  • Knowledge of the evolution of the duty to consult, Aboriginal title and Indian lands is important for this role
  • Familiarity with how Aboriginal law informs the regulatory/environmental permitting process through impact analysis, mitigation and avoidance; familiarity with Traditional Land Use and Traditional Knowledge studies and integration of that information into the planning and permitting process is ideal
  • Familiarity with Indigenous businesses (unique structures) and supply chain/procurement processes and issues including RFT’s, RFPs, RFIs and RFQs and contract disputes related to such processes is ideal
  • Good knowledge about the energy sector would be an asset
  • Should be comfortable working in a dynamic, fast-paced environment with broad, generalist responsibilities, but with specialist legal subject skills in Aboriginal law and regulatory matters pertaining to the electricity distribution and transmission sector
  • Able to collaborate with other lines of business including corporate functions (e.g. Finance, Accounting & HR) advising on legal risks, business strategies and other issues related to the company’s businesses
  • Required to work independently as well as part of various teams
  • Can easily manage a busy schedule
  • Strong negotiating, drafting and communication skills as well as an excellent ability to convince people
  • Strong organizational skills are needed
  • Possess good knowledge of MS-Office environment (Word, Excel and PowerPoint).
  • Demonstrated aptitude for developing working relationships with a broad range of professionals and stakeholders at multiple levels
  • Ability to handle information and business affairs with secrecy and confidentiality as appropriate.

If interested, please visit our website at https://jobs.hydroone.com/job-invite/44490/ and apply directly to the posting! Deadline to apply is April 18th, 2022