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Senior Counsel, Labour and Employment - Montreal - 21329

Location: DORVAL, QC, Canada
Posting Start Date: Oct 5, 2018
Posting End Date: Oct 19, 2018


Job Description


Are you passionate about reaching new heights, teamwork and making a meaningful contribution? Do you picture yourself as a valued member of an industry-leading organization? If you answered yes to these questions, Air Canada is seeking enthusiastic individuals to join the diverse and vibrant team working together to lead the growth and expansion of Canada’s flag carrier.


Air Canada is Canada's largest domestic and international airline serving more than 200 airports on six continents. We are among the 20 largest airlines in the world and serve over 48 million customers. This year, for the second year in a row and the seventh time in nine years, we were selected Best Airline in North America in the independent U.K. Skytrax World Airline Awards, which also named us Best Business Class in North America and Best Airline Cabin Cleanliness in North America, all significant accomplishments in establishing ourselves as a North American industry leader and a global champion. We are growing and transforming on our corporate mission “Flight Path” to become a Top Ten global airline in everything we do.
We have an innovative and passionate team of over 50 legal and compliance professionals and support staff that continues to earn the respect and confidence of its internal clients, participating as true business partners to support Air Canada’s strategic objectives. When you join Air Canada and its Law and International Affairs Branch, you’ll become a vital part of a team of driven professionals that aim to be “World Class” in everything we do.

We are looking for a lawyer to join our Labour and Employment Team in Montreal. Candidates should have a minimum of ten to fifteen years of relevant experience in a leading law firm or an established in-house legal department and have a passion for learning and gaining a deep understanding of the business to more effectively support strategies and objectives. Candidates should have experience in representing employers before tribunals and governmental authorities, representing employers in negotiations to resolve grievances and other proceedings, advising on the application of collective agreements, supporting collective bargaining, supporting internal investigations, conducting legal research, and delivering training to a wide range of clients, from front line employees to senior management on a wide range of labour and employment matters. Experience leading a team of legal professionals would be an asset.

The selected candidate will often be required to work autonomously but will have the benefit of working closely and exchanging with other senior counsel and internal clients who have acquired a broad and deep understanding of all aspects of the business. The work is diverse and challenging and not monotonous. There are regular opportunities for exposure to new mandates; the range of available work is wide, and quality is typically high. An international dimension is also present for one for whom an international practice, based in Montreal, is an attraction.

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), before the Canada Industrial Relations Board and the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal or their provincial counterparts, and in litigation before the Courts.
  • Providing guidance and support to and ensuring the successful development of Air Canada labour and employment law counsel and paralegals.
  • Advising Air Canada management on the labour and employment law aspects of strategic corporate initiatives.
  • Drafting and reviewing correspondence and hearing documents (briefs, witness statements, written arguments, motion records, settlement documents, etc.) and ensuring comments and sign-off on these documents from various internal branches at Air Canada.
  • Investigating the background to inquiries, complainants and grievances.
  • Advising Air Canada on collective bargaining and supporting Air Canada bargaining teams in reaching advantageous agreements.
  • Contributing to designing and improving legal service delivery processes and to our efforts to continually improve the quality of our customer service.
  • Overseeing the development of training materials and delivering training to internal clients on labour, employment, and human rights matters.
  • Overseeing the maintaining and updating of tools and templates used by the Labour and Employment team and its clients.



  • Member of the Bar in at least one of the Canadian provinces or territories is essential and common and civil law training is an asset.
  • A track record of success serving in a labour and employment law practice requiring 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 and proven abilities to improve legal service delivery.
  • Strong negotiation and advocacy skills and experience in collective bargaining, grievance arbitration, and labour board proceedings; experience in human rights tribunal and judicial proceedings preferred.
  • Strong written skills and superior verbal communication skills to present and discuss business focused issues with both internal and external stakeholders in order to gain understanding, influence others and build relationships.
  • Candidates with a facility with Adobe, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, QuickLaw and other online legal research tools will be preferred.
  • Desire and ability to pursue continuous learning.
  • Willingness to ask questions and to seek information as needed to complete projects and tasks.
  • Solid academic credentials and a proven track record must be demonstrated.
  • Strong attention to detail and a rigorous approach to legal work.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to prioritize.
  • Strong time management skills, including the ability to work independently and to work on several projects simultaneously.
  • Project management skills, including the ability to adhere to specific project timelines, while maintaining flexibility to manage competing priorities and respond to changing demands.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with others, ability to work as a team member, to lead a team of legal professionals, and to interact successfully with people at all levels of the organization, including in house attorneys, clients and outside counsel.
  • Demonstrated professionalism, discretion and the ability to handle confidential information.
  • Drive for results and urgency and motivation towards achievement.
  • Effective and efficient work habits.
  • Capacity to work under pressure, displaying composure in difficult situations.
  • Tenacity and resilience to persevere towards goals, despite challenges and obstacles, maintaining enthusiasm through to the attainment of the goals.
  • Integrity, including a strong work ethic is assumed. A successful candidate will be one who takes pride in his or her role as a representative of Canada’s international airline.
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.




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