Air Canada is Canada's largest domestic and international airline. In 2019, Air Canada served more than 200 airports on six continents and was the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking from independent U.K. research firm Skytrax. In 2019, Air Canada was voted for the eighth time in ten years, the Best Airline in North America. We are among the 20 largest airlines in the world and served more than 51 million customers in 2019. The COVID-19 pandemic and related travel restrictions has had a devastating impact on Air Canada and the airline and travel industry, and our Legal Department has been on the “front lines”, leading, driving and supporting key initiatives to see us through these difficult times. As vaccine deployments ramp up, we continue to work with the Government of Canada on the evolution of safe and science-based test and quarantine relief measures with a view to safely restarting our sector. We know that Canadians are looking forward to re-connecting with friends and family and taking those long-awaited vacations and business trips. We are looking forward to reaping the benefits of the tremendous efforts all employees have dedicated, to safely connect Canadians within Canada and Canada to the world, to rebuild our network, and to serve and delight our customers, in pursuit of our principal objective to be a sustainably profitable global aviation champion.
We have an innovative legal team that continues to earn the respect and confidence of our internal colleagues, participating as true business partners to support Air Canada’s strategic objectives. When you join Air Canada and its Legal Department, you’ll become a vital part of a team of driven professionals that are truly making a difference, connecting Canada and the world.
We are looking for an intermediate-level lawyer to join our team in Montreal for a permanent position, commencing as soon as possible. Candidates should have between 4 and 8 years’ experience in Occupational Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation law. Reporting to the Senior Counsel Health and Safety, the successful candidate will be responsible for the following:
Providing strategic advice on managing workers’ compensation risks and files and the legal framework for compensation
Representing the Company in workers’ compensation claims before the appropriate tribunals and courts and/or managing the work of outside legal counsel providing those services.
Occupational Health and Safety
Providing advice on Part II of the Canada Labour Code, including the applicable obligations to maintain a safe workplace, the establishment and functioning of health and safety committees and the role of the employer and unions vis-à-vis the committees;
Providing advice on and negotiating Assurances of Voluntary Compliance with officials;
Providing compliance advice on, and drafting responses, to directions of Part II Health and Safety Officers and researching, drafting and filing appeals or responses to appeals of those directions;
Representing the company in: appeals before Part II Appeals Officers; health and safety-related reprisal and unfair labour practice complaints before the Canada Industrial Relations Board; health and safety-related grievances before grievance arbitrators; and any associated judicial review proceedings.
The majority of the work for this position lies in Workers’ Compensation. The selected candidate will have acquired solid and specialized relevant experience.Fluent bilingualism and membership in a Canadian bar are required. Large firm or in-house experience would be an asset, but not required. General Labour and Employment law experience would also be an asset, but not required.
To succeed in the position, the candidate should have a track record demonstrating the following qualities or characteristics:
adaptability and flexibility to work effectively in a context of rapid change, shifting priorities, and conflicting demands, embracing new ideas and adjusting to a variety of situations and individuals;
solid decision-making ability, by identifying, defining and assessing all relevant factors and weighing alternative courses of action, and effective judgment under adverse conditions (time constraints, pressure, limited information);
capacity to work under pressure, displaying strength and composure in stressful situations;
ability to work collaboratively as part of a team, to develop strong co-operative relationships and to convey a shared sense of direction;
ability to be creative, analyse fact patterns from an original perspective to promote new ideas and consider, refine and merge different approaches to come up with alternate ways of looking at problems;
inclination to take initiative and be proactive and to offer to assist and support co-workers, resourcefulness to prevent problems, and ability to handle work with a minimum of supervision; and
drive to satisfy and anticipate “client” needs, prepared to tailor approach to meet the business needs and to create positive image for role and service level of the law branch;
drive for results and urgency, high motivation towards achievement, decisive and action-oriented with ability to sensibly prioritize efforts;
tenacity and resilience to persevere towards goals despite challenges and obstacles, maintaining energy, enthusiasm and drive through to attainment of objectives.
The successful candidate will be one who is apt to tackle issues to increase overall effectiveness and readily accepts responsibility for actions and decisions. He/she will consider the financial impact of all actions and decisions and ensure that it is taken into account appropriately.
Excellent negotiation, advocacy and written and oral communications skills (to convey messages and thoughts clearly, concisely, persuasively, and in a focused manner, to form compelling arguments based on facts, logic and law, to listen and question appropriately to gain full understanding, to tailor the message appropriately to the particular audience and to share information, ideas and feedback in a timely manner) are required. Integrity (including a strong work ethic, high personal standards, discretion in handling sensitive and confidential information, dedication to follow through on commitments, and openness and honesty in communications as well as a respectful demeanour) is assumed. A successful candidate will be one who takes pride in his or her role as a representative of Canada’s international airline.
The selected candidate will have the benefit of being part of a larger labour and employment law group. The successful candidate will be joining a company with a high profile and complex labour, human rights and privacy landscape. Though the demands are high, the work flow tends to be more manageable than private practice without the pressures of client development. The environment is fast-paced with constant activity.
Bilingual (English and French)
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.