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Corporate Compliance and Privacy Leader - 30824

Location: DORVAL, QC, Canada
Posting Start Date: Sep 28, 2022
Posting End Date: Oct 23, 2022


Job Description


Being part of Air Canada is to become part of an iconic Canadian symbol, recently ranked the best Airline in North America. Let your career take flight by joining our diverse and vibrant team at the leading edge of passenger aviation.
About Air Canada and the Law Branch:

Air Canada is the largest provider of scheduled passenger services in the Canadian market, the Canada-U.S. transborder market, and in the international market to and from Canada.  In 2021, together with our regional partners, we operated flights to 154 direct destinations on six continents. In 2021, we were recognized for our people, products, and services at the 2021 Skytrax World Airline Awards with honours for: Best Airline Staff in North America and Best Airline Staff in Canada among others.  We were also recognized by Mediacorp as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers and ranked among the 50 Most Engaged Workplaces™ with recognition as one of the ‘Elite8’ companies within the 2021 Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces.
We have an innovative legal and compliance team, comprised of more than 80 dedicated professionals, that participates as business partners to support Air Canada’s strategic objectives. When you join Air Canada and its Law Branch, you’ll become part of a team of professionals who are making a difference in achieving Air Canada’s mission of connecting Canada and the world.  
The Position:

We are looking for a Corporate Compliance and Privacy leader with a minimum of 15 years of relevant experience in a senior compliance, privacy, or related role in a complex industry.  The Corporate Compliance and Privacy leader is the senior compliance officer of Air Canada having overall responsibility for leading and integrating the legal and regulatory compliance infrastructure and program across Air Canada and its subsidiaries. Air Canada’s compliance team includes a General Compliance Officer, a Principal Privacy Officer and other team members accountable for these functions and leading this team will be an integral part of the role. The successful candidate will report to the Chief Legal Officer with an additional reporting line to the Audit Committee of the Board; they will work in collaboration with the operational leaders, with substantive support from the Legal, IT, business processes, internal audit, and other teams.
Core Responsibilities:

The Corporate Compliance and Privacy leader is the compliance leader responsible for, developing, implementing, supporting, and monitoring Air Canada’s compliance programme.  Their core responsibilities will include:
  • identifying and assessing compliance priorities facing Air Canada, and establishing cohesive action plans to address them within a risk management, operational and governance framework,
  • assessing the organisation’s current compliance capability, organisation, and resources,
  • collaborating closely with business partners and operational leaders to develop recommendations for improving the effectiveness of Air Canada’s compliance programs,
  • monitoring compliance by the organisation’s branches and business functions within legal, regulatory, contractual, ethical and policy obligations and standards, and promoting accountability for their respective functions and areas of responsibility,
  • driving periodic assessment and planning processes for each branch and business function including risk assessment, monitoring, surveillance/testing, and the assessment of the prioritisation and sufficiency of training and resources,
  • communicating to promote and reinforce employee awareness of and engagement with their compliance and integrity obligations,
  • establishing training strategies/programmes to enhance understanding of and commitment to compliance policies and procedures,
  • overseeing the operation of compliance systems and procedures,
  • conducting periodic reviews to monitor the compliance programme’s effectiveness, 
  • recommending an appropriate executive management oversight structure for the compliance function,
  • collaborating with the Corporate Secretary to develop recommendations for collaboration/integration of ethics and compliance initiatives and programmes, and
  • partnering with Internal Audit on aligning key compliance initiatives with Air Canada’s Enterprise Risk Management program, as well as helping identify audit priorities and execution and proactively leading remediation and root cause analysis to correct systemic issues.


The position requires an accomplished professional with:
  • a record of relevant experience, leadership, innovation and excellence,
  • the judgment, character, skills and credibility to influence behavior throughout the organization,
  • the experience and perspective to collaborate meaningfully with senior and executive management to formulate priorities among competing objectives, and
  • a demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced and complex environment. 
  • The successful candidate will be fluently bilingual (English/French) and one who takes pride in their role as a representative of Canada’s flag carrier.
Diversity and Inclusion: 
At Air Canada, our dedication to excellence and quality begins with our people. We are strongly committed to and celebrate diversity and inclusion and are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. To create an engaging and rewarding place to work, we seek to attract talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures. We are also focused on creating a healthy, accessible and rewarding work environment which highlights employees’ unique contributions to our success. We welcome applications to help us build a more diverse workforce which reflects the diversity of our customers, and communities, in which we live and serve. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation at any time during the recruitment process, please let us know.
Conditions of Employment:
  • Candidates must be eligible to work in the country of interest, at the time any offer of employment is made and seeking any required work permits/visas or other authorizations which may be required is the sole responsibility of the candidates applying for this position.
Linguistic Requirements

Based on equal qualifications, preference will be given to bilingual candidates. 

Diversity and Inclusion
Air Canada is strongly committed to Diversity and Inclusion and aims to create a healthy, accessible and rewarding work environment which highlights employees’ unique contributions to our company’s success.
As an equal opportunity employer, we welcome applications from all to help us build a diverse workforce which reflects the diversity of our customers, and communities, in which we live and serve.

Air Canada thanks all candidates for their interest; however only those selected to continue in the process will be contacted.