Real Estate, Facilities and Corporate Services Lawyer in Toronto, Canada

May 18, 2023

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The Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) is one of the largest school boards in Canada and the largest Catholic school board in the world. The TCDSB serves over eighty-thousand students in more than 170 elementary schools and 30 secondary schools throughout Toronto and has an annual operating budget of approximately $1.2 billion.


TCDSB’s Catholic education system produces high levels of student achievement and enables students to fulfill Ontario’s Catholic Graduate Expectations. Further, graduates are taught the virtues and values of the Catholic faith including community, responsibility, accountability, collaboration, caring and family.


The TCDSB is committed to fairly and objectively recruiting and selecting leaders and staff who are excellent role models, innovative, and committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity.


This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced lawyer to join an established, highly regarded organization committed to the well-being of its staff, students, and the community it serves in a new role within a growing legal services team.


Job Description – Real Estate, Facilities and Corporate Services Lawyer


TCDSB is seeking to add a Real Estate, Facilities and Corporate Services Lawyer to its team in Toronto. Reporting to and under the direction of the Executive General Counsel, the Senior Legal Counsel will be responsible for a variety of transactional real estate, construction law, energy and environmental law matters, and commercial contracts.


As the ideal candidate, you will have a minimum of eight years of relevant experience with the ability to work in a fast-paced and rapidly changing environment with proven experience. Knowledge of or prior experience working with planning and municipal law, procurement, IP protection, and/or data privacy and cybersecurity would be considered an asset but not required.


Key Accountabilities and Responsibilities


  • Provide advice on a wide range of transactional real estate matters, including planning, leasing, buying, and selling land.
  • Review, draft, and interpret commercial contracts (sales, purchase, leases), especially those that are high risk/high value, including transportation contracts, licence agreements, partnership agreements for joint developments, land conveyances, as well as third party service agreements.
  • Advise on construction law (including construction lien matters), energy and environmental law, and expropriation law matters.
  • Attend board and committee meetings in the evening, as requested by the Executive General Counsel.


Education and Professional Skills/Knowledge


  • LL.B. or J.D. degree (or equivalent).
  • Good standing with a Canadian Law Society.
  • 8+ post-call years of relevant legal experience in transactional real estate, construction, energy, environmental, and commercial contracts.
  • Experience in the public sector and working in a context that is guided by serving the public interest and appreciation for public policy and law.
  • Experience in planning and municipal law, procurement (RFPs, id issues), IP protection, and/or data privacy and cybersecurity, PCI standards not required but would be considered an asset.
  • Planning Degree from a recognized (accredited) Canadian Urban and Regional Planning Program and/or RPP designation and Membership or eligibility for membership in the Canadian Institute for Planners not required but would be considered an asset.
  • Excellent legal writing, drafting and written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience in multisectoral public engagement processes.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to triage requests for legal advice in a busy environment.
  • Ability to work with external counsel.


Consistent with the TCDSB’s Employment Equity policy and Multi-Year Strategic Plan, the TCDSB is strongly committed to fostering and creating a diverse and inclusive workplace that reflects the stakeholders and communities we serve. As such, we welcome and encourage applications from candidates who self-identify as visible minorities, persons with disabilities, aboriginal peoples, and women. You are invited to voluntarily indicate if you identify as one or more of the aforementioned communities.  This information will be kept confidential.


This is an exclusive search.


The Counsel Network is committed to building a diverse legal community through our inclusive business and recruitment practices. We value diversity of experience, expertise, and background, and strive to eliminate barriers historically encountered by marginalized groups. We recognize that an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce benefits and enriches both the legal profession and the greater community.


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


Meaghan Loughry, Recruitment Associate


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Sameera Sereda, Managing Partner


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