• VP & Associate General Counsel, Litigation

    Job Location CA-ON-London | CA-MB-Winnipeg | CA-ON-Greater Toronto
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(7/4/2018 11:51 AM)
    Job ID
    Great West Life
    Job Category
    Job Type
    Full Time
    Job Industry
    Financial Services and Banking, Insurance, Legal
    Career Level
    Executive, Experienced
    Years of Experience
    Posted End Date
  • Job Description



    Great-West Life has an exciting leadership opportunity heading up our Canadian Litigation Group. This position will be based in either Winnipeg, Manitoba, London, Ontario, or Toronto, Ontario and will involve travel across Canada (primarily between Winnipeg, London, Toronto and Montreal).

    Reporting to the Vice-President & Associate General Counsel, Canadian Operations, this role will have overall responsibility for the Company’s litigation operations across Canada. Great-West Life, and its operating subsidiaries, including London Life and Canada Life, have a team of litigation lawyers, law clerks, and legal assistants located in Winnipeg, London, and Montreal who handle the majority of the companies’ litigation internally.

    This role will oversee the litigation team and in addition will act as Litigation Counsel to the companies, with primary responsibility for managing significant, complex litigation and providing general legal advice to management on various issues, including effective litigation management, employment law, product support, risk mitigation, reputational and media issues, and financial reporting matters. Working with a highly accomplished team of legal professionals, your work will be wide-ranging and will provide the opportunity to develop expertise in dynamic practice areas. You will have responsibility for a broad portfolio of legal matters and interact with and provide advice to senior management on a regular basis.

    Qualifications and Competencies:

    • This position is open to qualified lawyers in good standing with a Canadian Law Society with at least 10 years litigation experience
    • Strong leadership skills, and a demonstrated interest in managing a team and guiding lawyers and other legal professionals in their practice and career development
    • Strong oral communication skills, with the ability to synthesize and present issues with clarity to senior management in all business and functional areas
    • Strong drafting, legal and communication skills with a practical solution oriented approach and the ability to use clear, plain language
    • Excellent judgment, with the ability to identify key issues and provide an independent view to management in a clear and practical manner.
    • Thorough understanding and up-to-date knowledge of court procedures and the governing regulatory environment. Experience with class actions would be an asset.
    • Self-motivated with the ability to work both independently and as part of a team
    • Superior negotiating skills
    • Highly focused with attention to detail
    • Proven analytical and problem-solving skills with experience simplifying and resolving complex problems
    • Superior organizational and time management skills with experience addressing multiple projects at once

    Discover your opportunity….Apply today!

    Great-West Life offers competitive compensation, great benefits such as medical, dental, life insurance, wellness account and personal days not to mention onsite cafeteria and fitness facilities.  If you’d like to join our team submit your information online and introduce yourself.


    Together Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life serve the financial security needs of more than 13 million people across Canada, with additional operations in Europe and the United States. As members of the Power Financial Corporation group of companies, we’re one of Canada’s leading insurers with interests in life insurance, health insurance, investment and retirement savings. We offer a broad portfolio of financial and benefit plan solutions for individuals, families, businesses and organizations.


    We are committed to providing an inclusive, accessible environment, where all employees and customers feel valued, respected and supported. We are dedicated to building a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities in which we live, and to creating an environment where every employee has the opportunity to reach their potential.



    Great-West Lifeco would like to thank all applicants, however only those who qualify for an interview will be contacted.


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