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Counsel, Labour and Employment Law - 32037

Location: DORVAL, QC, Canada
Posting Start Date: Jan 25, 2023
Posting End Date: Feb 1, 2023


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.
Air Canada is Canada's largest airline, the country's flag carrier and a founding member of Star Alliance, the world's most comprehensive air transportation network. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 51 airports in Canada, 51 in the United States and 88 internationally. It holds a Four-Star ranking from Skytrax. Air Canada's Aeroplan program is Canada's premier travel loyalty program, where members can earn or redeem points on the world's largest airline partner network of 45 airlines, plus through an extensive range of merchandise, hotel and car rental rewards. Its freight division, Air Canada Cargo, provides air freight lift and connectivity to hundreds of destinations across six continents using Air Canada's passenger flights and cargo-only flights with its fleet of Boeing 767-300 freighters. Air Canada has committed to a net zero emissions goal from all global operations by 2050. 
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.
Profile Sought
We are looking for a lawyer to join our Labour and Employment Team in Montreal.  Candidates should have 2-5 years experience in:
  • representing employers, employees, or unions before courts, tribunals and governmental authorities in grievances and other proceedings; and
  • advising on the application of labour and employment law and of collective agreements, conducting legal research, drafting legal submissions, and delivering training on a wide range of labour and employment matters. 
Responsibilities of the Role
The successful candidate will be joining a team of experienced labour and employment law lawyers, paralegals, and support staff.  The successful candidate will be responsible for various tasks related to labour and employment law matters, including:
  • Representing Air Canada in labour arbitration (both in traditional and expedited formats), and in litigation before the Courts as well as the Canada Industrial Relations Board and the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal or their provincial counterparts.
  • Drafting and reviewing correspondence and hearing documents (briefs, witness statements, written arguments, motion records, settlement documents, etc.). 
  • Gathering and reviewing the information necessary to respond to inquiries, complaints and grievances.
  • Advising on collective bargaining matters and supporting bargaining teams in reaching advantageous agreements.
  • Providing advice on a variety of employment law related matters to internal clients.
  • Preparing training materials and delivering training to internal clients on labour, employment, and human rights matters.
  • Maintaining and updating the tools and templates used by the Labour and Employment team.


  • Member of the Bar in at least one of the Canadian provinces or territories
  • Minimum of two to five years of labour and employment practice in a law firm or in a large corporate environment with a track record of success providing legal advice and counsel on a broad range of issues.
  • Knowledge of federal labour law and procedure.
  • Strong business sense.
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, in English and French. A writing sample may be requested.
  • Strong customer service skills.
  • Strong negotiation and advocacy skills in grievance arbitration, labour board proceedings, and employment related litigation.
  • Experience in arbitration, human rights tribunal proceedings, and judicial proceedings preferred.
  • Facility with Adobe, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, QuickLaw, Westlaw, and other online legal research tools. 
Personal Attributes
  • Strong attention to detail and a rigorous approach to legal work.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to prioritize. 
  • Desire to pursue on-going professional development.
  • Willingness to ask questions as needed.
  • Strong time management skills, including the ability to work independently and to work on several projects simultaneously. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with others, at all levels of the organization and whether internal or external counsel.
  • Demonstrated professionalism, integrity and discretion.
  • Capacity to work under pressure, displaying composure in stressful situations while managing multiple priorities.
  • Resilience and enthusiasm.
  • A successful candidate will be one who takes pride in their role as a representative of Canada’s flag carrier.
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.