Export Development Canada

Ottawa, Ontario

Legal Counsel

Jan 28, 2022
$75,700 - $113,600 + performance-based incentive
Ottawa, Ontario

EDC is Canada’s export credit agency, offering information, knowledge and innovative commercial solutions to help Canadian exporters and investors expand their international business. We take on risk so Canadian businesses can take on the world.

When you join our team, you’ll be helping Canadian companies bring their vision, passion and innovation to the global marketplace. Your knowledge and expertise will support more than 25,000 Canadian companies and their customers in as many as 200 markets worldwide. You’ll work shoulder-to-shoulder with the best and brightest in an inclusive, collaborative environment that fosters professional development and success. And you’ll know that you’re making a difference every day—for companies, for Canada and for the people you work with. 

Year after year, EDC has been recognized as a Top 100 and Top Family-Friendly Employer.


EDC is seeking a team and solution-oriented lawyer to join its Legal Services division of approximately 30 lawyers who provide a wide range of legal services to the Corporation. 
EDC’s Legal Services is a dynamic, client-oriented environment, supporting EDC’s range of activities and services. Legal Services provides legal representation and assistance for all of its product offerings including loans and insurance transactions and knowledge business products. As well, the team supports EDC’s corporate function including its procurement and marketing activities.
The successful candidate will become a member of the EDC Legal Services group and specifically the Litigation, Governance, Trade, & Operations team which provides advice to the Corporation in relation to a wide variety of legal areas, including: litigation management, employment law, procurement, governance, trade, privacy, financial crimes, investigations, and more.
Key Responsibilities 
The responsibilities for the position relate to a variety of tasks working with the team’s senior lawyers and subject matter experts. Key responsibilities would include the following, but lawyers are expected to handle a broad range of business needs that may not be fully summarized below:

  • Working directly with the business teams to provide advice in legal areas such litigation, employment, procurement, governance, trade, privacy, financial crimes, investigations, manage risk, and navigate disputes;
  • Learning new areas of law given the team’s various areas (i.e. it is not expected that successful candidate will have experience in all of these areas);
  • Identify issues in file matters requiring consideration of appropriate risk mitigation measures and corporate perspective and knowledge;
  • Legal research and drafting of relevant legal memo and other documentation;
  • Provide legal advice on various matters of law pertaining to the activities of EDC, such as EDC's rights and obligations under EDC contracts, interpretation of internal documentation and policies in areas of specialty, advice on authorization and compliance requirements, including interpreting the Export Development Act, the Financial Administration Act and other relevant statutes;
  • Retain and supervise the services of outside counsel (both foreign and domestic);
  • Review and comment on outside counsel's documents and advice; and 
  • Proactively support the Corporation, the legal and business teams through collaboration and team work.

Screening Criteria 

  • Undergraduate degree in Law;
  • Applicants must be licensed by a Canadian provincial bar and in good standing to practice law as a barrister and solicitor in any Canadian province or territory;
  • Strong communication skills (written and verbal), including strong drafting skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to multitask and manage a high volume of tasks and transactions effectively and efficiently;
  • Working knowledge of legal services principles and practices; 
  • Strong creative and critical thinking skills to apply to a variety of complex issues and to provide advanced solutions;
  • Proactive lawyering and risk mitigation skills acquired in a commercially oriented, dynamic environment;
  • Strong judgment and decision-making qualities, and collaborative in soliciting the input of others, both within the legal team and outside the team where appropriate;
  • Strong influencing and negotiation skills to deal with conflicting and complex areas;
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship management skills; and
  • Strong planning and project management skills.


  • Experience in litigation management, employment law, procurement, governance, trade, privacy, investigations and/or financial crimes;
  • Preference will be given to bilingual candidates (English & French)

Salary Range

  • $75,700 - $113,600 + performance-based incentive

Please note that EDC will be following a mandatory vaccination policy.

How to apply

Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Application deadline on www.edc.ca/careers : Jan 28, 2022, 11:59:00 PM EDC is committed to employment equity and actively encourages applications from women, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities and visible minorities. If selected for an interview, please advise us if you require special accommodation. Candidates must meet the requisite government security screening requirements.

How to Apply