Director and Senior Legal Counsel

October 14 2020
Industries Bank, Insurance, Financial services
Categories In-house, Industry, Contract administrator, Legal, Paralegal
Ottawa, ON

At MD Financial Management (MD), we believe health and wellness are life’s most valuable assets. For more than 50 years, we’ve dedicated our business to Canada’s physicians and their families, because we understand that financial well-being plays a lead role in building healthier lives.

Our commitment to work/life integration, employee well-being and ongoing learning are key factors that contribute to our overall success.

During COVID-19, MD employees are being supported by a variety of wellness initiatives, including new programs to deal specifically with challenges related to the pandemic.

What You’ll Do

The Director and Senior Legal Counsel, Legal Services is accountable for leading a team of legal professionals and support staff in providing legal guidance and in-depth analysis to support all MD business units. The Director and Senior Legal Counsel will work closely with the Senior Leadership Team and committees to identify, assess and manage legal and regulatory risk to the enterprise. The Director and the Senior Legal Counsel will also anticipate legal obstacles and challenges and strategize plans to address.

As leader of a team of lawyers and support staff, the Director shall

  • Create an employee-oriented environment which motivates the legal team to deliver prompt, practical and cost-effective legal advice to MD’s various business lines to facilitate, improve and strengthen operational decision-making
  • Provide strategic direction, leadership and oversight to all business lines ensuring business strategies, plans and initiatives are supported in compliance with applicable laws, rules, regulations, and internal policies and procedures.
  • Actively contribute to MD’s compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulations including the identification and management of legal and regulatory risks specific to the MD lines of business
  • Anticipate legal obstacles and challenges and strategize plans to address
  • Collect, organize, and present market intelligence on the legal and regulatory issues affecting MD’s core businesses
  • Retain and manage outside counsel engaged in providing assistance on legal matters

What You Need

  • Law degree, member in good standing of the Law Society of Ontario
  • 11+ years of corporate/securities law experience gained from a law firm, major financial institution and/or securities regulatory body, ideally with an emphasis on wealth and asset management. Knowledge of and previous experience relating to financial services, securities registrant regulation, investment funds, and the Canadian regulatory environment, combined with excellent communication skills and experience managing a high performing team, will all be considered assets
  • Management experience including coaching, annual goal setting, performance evaluations, hiring, development planning and ongoing feedback
  • Excellent organization and analytical skills and strong legal project management and facilitation skills (ability to lead the work of other lawyers and legal professionals)

What You Bring

  • Action-oriented - deals with situations and issues proactively, seizing opportunities that arise
  • Business acumen – understands business risks, new opportunities, and impacts of changes in the competitive and regulatory landscape
  • Strong ability to handle multiple concurrent and time-sensitive priorities
  • Highly adaptable to change - can successfully engage and enable others to effectively respond as required
  • Motivational, inspirational and enthusiastic approach to team leading and management
  • Demonstrated leadership and coaching skills with proven ability to build an exceptionally high performing team
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively, provide leadership, influence organizational behaviour, and create alignment across disparate groups
  • Ability to respond calmly, quickly and decisively to unpredictable or unexpected events and changes
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively advise, partner and collaborate with executive management.
  • Organizational agility – effectively navigates both formal channels and informal networks to get things done
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills (including presentation skills)
  • Strategic thinking; creative and innovative with strong analytical, practical problem solving skills to address issues that arise

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