Position Description

Corporate Counsel
Company - Location Vancouver Shipyards - North Vancouver, BC
Employment Duration Full-time permanent salaried
Posting # 3292
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Corporate Counsel

The Corporate Counsel supports the General Counsel, Shipyards in providing legal advice and support to all Seaspan Shipyards business units (Vancouver Shipyard, Victoria Shipyards and Vancouver Drydock - VSY, VSL and VDC). The role primarily focuses on supporting Vancouver Shipyards.

Duties and Accountabilities

  • Provides legal advice regarding future and existing contracts, compliance with applicable laws, claims, litigation matters and other legal matters (commercial agreements, intellectual property/licensing, property/equipment purchase or leasing, joint ventures and teaming arrangements, etc.).
  • Supports negotiation mandates for key new contract negotiations (in conjunction with VSY Contracts and Supply Chain Management).
  • Supports negotiation of customer and supplier contracts.
  • Drafts contract terms for supply arrangements with the Government of Canada and assists Supply Chain Management to draft terms of shipyard procurement contracts.
  • Prepares materials to acquire governance authorizations to enter into contract.
  • Drafting or editing legal business correspondence sent on behalf of company (notices, amendments, demand letters, etc.).
  • Serves as a resource to VSY Contracts and Supply Chain Management and the management of VSL & VDC for on-going contract interpretation and negotiation advice.
  • Assists with litigation matters handled by outside legal counsel.
  • Performs additional duties as assigned.

Qualification Requirements

  • Required: Bachelor’s degree in Law from a Canadian recognized legal education program.
  • Admission to the bar in British Columbia (or ability to obtain such admission swiftly).
  • 3-5 years of experience providing legal advice in a business law context in Canada, including experience drafting and negotiating transaction documents preferably within British Columbia.
  • Intellectual property experience valuable, but not necessary.

Skills, Knowledge and Required Competencies

  • Ability to obtain NATO SECRET clearance from the Canadian Industrial Security Directorate.
  • Analytical skills to identify legal risks and opportunities.
  • Ability to work both independently with limited supervision and with multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills, both within and outside the company, to promote the company’s business and legal objectives.
  • Legal drafting skills.
  • Sound judgment, attention to detail and ability to handle sensitive and confidential information.


Seaspan is committed to Employment Equity, supports diversity in the workplace, and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including, women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, and persons with disabilities.

Note: Unsolicited applications from recruitment agencies will not be accepted

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