Senior Legal Counsel - Privacy

February 17 2021
Industries Bank, Insurance, Financial services
Categories Accounting, Finance, Forensic accounting, Fraud, In-house, Industry, Contract administrator, Legal, Paralegal
Toronto, ON

Requisition ID: 96060

Join the Global Community of Scotiabankers to help customers become better off.

Position: Senior Legal Counsel, Privacy, Cybersecurity and Data Management, Legal Department


Reporting to the Vice President & Associate General Counsel, this position contributes to the overall success of the Legal Department in Canada ensuring specific individual goals, plans, initiatives are executed / delivered in support of the team’s business strategies and objectives. Ensures all activities conducted are in compliance with governing regulations, internal policies and procedures


  • Champions a customer focused culture to deepen client relationships and leverage broader Bank relationships, systems and knowledge.
  • Providing legal and regulatory advice on areas of accountability to lines of business and corporate and control functions across the enterprise on new and legacy product offerings and initiatives.
  • Supporting Enterprise Privacy Office and other key stakeholders on management of data, breach and response, privacy complaints, access to personal information requests, and privacy impact assessments.
  • Working with compliance and key stakeholders to review and develop policies and procedures, playbooks, contract templates, training materials and exercises, and customer facing documentation and consents.
  • Providing legal support, including through engagement on Executive Steering Committees, on global strategy relating to privacy, data management, information governance and cyber security.
  • Reviewing and proactively advising on new, proposed and amended legislation, regulatory guidance and industry best practices affecting the business and recommending changes to policies, processes, controls and documents.
  • Supporting procurement and vendor diligence process including drafting and review of data share and transfer agreements and template privacy provisions for compliance with privacy requirements (including GDPR).
  • Responding to third party Access to Information Requests.
  • Providing transactional support relating to strategic transactions involving data.
  • Participating as Scotiabank’s legal representative on select external industry associations.
  • Managing external counsel, including liaising with local counsel to support on global privacy matters.
  • Working collaboratively within the Legal Department and with multiple stakeholders including Privacy, Compliance, Information Security, Corporate Security, Data Management Office, Fraud/AML, Procurement, Human Resources, Marketing, GRM Operational Risk, and lines of business.
  • Recommends and/or carries out the course of action to be taken regarding litigation with direction from internal and external litigation counsel.
  • Understand how the Bank’s risk appetite and risk culture should be considered in day-to-day activities and decisions
  • Actively pursues effective and efficient operations of his/her respective areas in accordance with Scotiabank’s Values, its Code of Conduct and the Global Sales Principles, while ensuring the adequacy adherence to and effectiveness of day-to-day business controls to meet obligations with respect to operational, compliance, AML/ATF/sanctions and conduct risk
  • Champions a high-performance environment and contributes to an inclusive work environment.


  • All Scotiabank offices, both domestically and globally
  • The legal assignments cover a broad range of Bank related matters or specialized areas of law. The applicable laws and regulations are numerous, varied and highly complex.
  • Under general direction of the Vice President, Associate General Counsel or the Deputy General Counsel, the incumbent will research and analyse highly complex legal issues, with little or no precedent.
  • The incumbent will be involved in handling a significant work load each year, inclusive of inquiries and assignments from various Bank and subsidiary departments. Most of the files involve substantial research or legal analysis and drafting. As well, numerous verbal questions must also be dealt with.


  • You will have at least 8 years of experience gained at a major financial institution or firm
  • Qualified to practice law in Ontario or another Canadian province
  • demonstrated knowledge of cybersecurity, data management and privacy laws
  • Be willing to work on a wide variety of issues, sometimes with no precedent is critical.
  • The legal assignments cover a broad range of Bank related matters or specialized areas of law. The applicable laws and regulations are numerous, varied and highly complex
  • The position requires a high degree of analytical and communications skills, and a thorough knowledge of specialized areas of law.
  • Highly developed human relations and management skills are critical.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills.

Working conditions:

  • Non-standard hours are a common occurrence. During Covid, a home based office set up is necessary until such a time that we return to Scotia Plaza
  • Must handle a significant work load and must determine priorities between competing demands as work flows from many sources.
  • Required to read and understand a heavy volume of legal and business articles and reports.
  • Often required to work under tight time tables and deadlines to ensure analysis of materials is done quickly and thoroughly. The working environment can be extremely stressful, due to tight and inflexible deadlines and constantly shifting priorities with little warning given of changing work volumes.
  • Will be expected to handle a large volume of work
  • Some travel domestically and internationally may be required.

Location(s): Canada : Ontario : Toronto

As Canada's International Bank, we are a diverse and global team. We speak more than 100 languages with backgrounds from more than 120 countries. Our employees are committed to a superior customer experience and use the Bank’s six guiding sales practice principles to ensure they act with honesty and integrity.

At Scotiabank, we value the unique skills and experiences each individual brings to the Bank, and are committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and accessible environment for everyone. If you require accommodation (including, but not limited to, an accessible interview site, alternate format documents, ASL Interpreter, or Assistive Technology) during the recruitment and selection process, please let our Recruitment team know. If you require technical assistance, please click here. Candidates must apply directly online to be considered for this role. We thank all applicants for their interest in a career at Scotiabank; however, only those candidates who are selected for an interview will be contacted.

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