General Counsel Lawyer Job in Calgary, Canada

November 8, 2021

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The Alberta Petroleum Marketing Commission (“APMC”) was created in 1974 by the Petroleum Marketing Act. It is a provincial Crown corporation and an agent of the Government of Alberta. APMC is responsible for marketing Alberta’s conventional crude oil royalty, developing prices used in royalty calculations and other energy related activities.


In 2012, APMC’s mandate was expanded to include assisting in the development of Value Added activity in Alberta’s petroleum sector, such as the development of the Sturgeon Refinery as well as new energy markets and transportation infrastructure.


APMC has a business development team that actively engages with industry proponents to understand and assess opportunities to enhance the value of Alberta’s resources where the proponents are seeking greater government understanding or commercial involvement in their proposals. APMC is accountable to and receives policy direction from the Minister of Energy.


Reporting directly to the CEO and working closely with the Board, this is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious and motivated lawyer to take on the first General Counsel role within APMC.


Job Description – General Counsel


Due to ongoing growth, APMC is seeking to add a General Counsel to its team in Calgary. As General Counsel, you will provide legal support and strategic advice to APMC Board of Directors, Senior Leadership and staff in Edmonton and Calgary. Your advice and support will assist APMC to achieve its mandate of marketing Alberta’s conventional crude oil royalty and exploring for and assisting in the development of new value-added opportunities in Alberta’s Energy and Resources sector.


Key Accountabilities and Responsibilities


  • Provide legal analysis, interpretation, advice, and opinions regarding legislation to which APMC is subject, including the Petroleum Marketing Act and regulations, as well as directives issued under the Petroleum Marketing Act, directives issued by the Treasury Board pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, and any other directive or direction issued under another enactment.
  • Provide legal analysis, interpretation, advice, and opinions to APMC in connection with all facets of APMC’s business and regulatory functions. In particular, the review, development, and execution of value-added opportunities that APMC pursues.
  • Negotiate, review, and advise on transactional and commercial agreements as required to support the business goals of the commission.
  • Manage and advise on the legal due diligence of value-added opportunities.
  • Provide advice to APMC on various contract management matters, including defaults, contractual rights, force majeure, consents, and amendments.
  • Assist with requests for proposals, bidding for proposals, invitation for bidding, as well as contract interpretations and negotiations.
  • Provide the board of directors with counsel on best practices in board governance matters, including governance processes and procedures, ethical and fiduciary duties, director and officer liabilities, securities, and regulatory compliance.
  • Attend meetings and assist in the preparation of materials for the board of directors. Keep the board of directors of APMC fully informed and advised on legal matters APMC is involved in and decisions the board of directors is required to make.
  • Provide practical, business-oriented legal advice and solutions on commercial law matters.
  • Engage, manage, and instruct external counsel as required to support APMC activities.
  • Interact with APMC personnel, executives, and government and industry stakeholders as needed.


Education and Professional Skills/Knowledge


  • LL.B. or J.D. degree (or equivalent).
  • Good standing with a Canadian Law Society.
  • At least 7-years of relevant experience in leading a business law firm or in-house counsel role.
  • Demonstrated experience in the petroleum and/or resource sector, including in the development, financing, and acquisition of projects in Alberta or Canada.
  • Commercial and/or resource transaction and contract development and negotiation experience.
  • Exposure or experience in policy, regulatory and litigation is considered an asset.
  • Strong commercial negotiation and pragmatic drafting skills.
  • Strong sense of ethics and the ability to handle sensitive information with tact and discretion.
  • Strong political acumen and experience in public sector or government, including knowledge of government policy development, decisions-making processes and legislative procedures.
  • Adaptable to various competing demands and ability to exercise sound judgment in a face-paced environment.
  • Ability to think strategically and provide the business units with concise, solutions-based analysis and recommendations.
  • Ability to interact with a diverse set of internal and external stakeholders and counterparties.
  • Ability to prioritize effectively, and excellent organizational and administrative ability.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.


This is an exclusive search.


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For more information or to apply for this position, contact:


Sameera Sereda, Managing Partner


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