Legal Counsel, Expansion Project (term role)

Date: Jun 18, 2022

Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Company: Trans Mountain

The Trans Mountain Expansion Project will provide increased capacity to support Canadian crude oil production growth and ensure access to global energy markets. The largest project in the pipeline’s history, it involves installing approximately 980 kilometres of new pipeline, as well as new and modified facilities.


As a Legal Counsel with Trans Mountain, you will have the opportunity to work with a seasoned, established and experienced internal Legal team.  This position is based in our Calgary office and will report to the Assistant General Counsel and will initially work closely with the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMEP) execution team.  The role will support TMEP during the construction phase through to completion, in addition to undertaking post-completion responsibilities for Trans Mountain.


Key Responsibilities


Corporate Risk Management

  • Work closely with other disciplines including Finance and Regulatory to ensure due diligence is carried out for the purpose of supporting compliance and reducing enforcement exposure.
  • Advise on health and safety, insurance, liability, environmental matters including the project.
  • Establish corporate and project relationships to monitor legal compliance.


Contract Management

  • Draft and negotiate construction agreements to ensure that contracts are legally sound, grounded in reasonable expectations, and accounts for proper notice requirements and job site conditions, as well as revision to existing contracts.
  • Assist and advise on matters related to construction contract development.
  • Draft, review, revise procurement and supply chain agreements and purchase orders.
  • Assist with requests for proposals, bidding for proposals, invitation for bidding, as well as contract interpretations.
  • Advise on procurement of resources and materials.
  • Draft and negotiate terms and conditions in relation to Indigenous matters.


Qualifications and Professional Experience

  • A minimum of 4 years’ experience, including construction and procurement contracts law.
  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB) or Juris Doctor degree
  • Member of the Alberta and/or British Columbia Bar Association, in good standing.
  • A combination of experience from a law firm and industry is preferred, specializing in large scale construction projects.
  • Extensive knowledge of pipelines and/or Oil & Gas projects.
  • Demonstrated experience with sizable construction agreements.
  • Experience with procurement matters, midstream assets and vendors, preferred.
  • Experience successfully supporting the timely delivery of quality legal services as part of a diverse team comprised of Legal, Engineering, Finance, Environmental, Supply Chain, and other experts.
  • Experience working with a multi-disciplinary team of project professionals.
  • Expert understanding of the construction process, as well as the wide bulk of substantive law.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the planning, execution, and completion of a construction project.
  • Communication and reporting requirements to internal legal and execution team.
  • Ability to work in a high-paced, multi-task environment with attention to detail.
  • Strong management decision making and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to manage changing priorities in a fast-paced environment and ensure deadlines are met.
  • Must be capable of interacting with legal, field personnel and supervision, engineers, suppliers and project control and management personnel.
  • Ability to maintain discretion and confidentiality at all times.


Location:  Based in Calgary, AB


We Build Careers and Pipelines That Last

Our story is about determination, resourcefulness and resilience. It’s about charting our own course, finding innovative solutions to challenging problems and doing the right thing. It was true when Trans Mountain became a company in 1951 and it’s just as true today. We welcome new members to our team that embrace the qualities in our story, that thrive on the new path and directions we take.  Our culture is one of care and taking our responsibilities seriously. If you would like to contribute to our culture, then join our journey.


A Rewarding Opportunity. We offer:

  • A place to share a sense of purpose and build relationships.
  • Meaningful work that makes a difference.
  • An opportunity within the Canadian energy industry.


In keeping with Trans Mountain’s commitment to maximize benefits for communities, priority will be given to qualified candidates from Indigenous, local and regional communities along the Trans Mountain existing, and expansion, pipeline corridor.


In Alberta, the existing pipeline system spans the traditional territories of Treaty 6, 7 and 8, and the Métis Nation of Alberta (Zone 4).


In British Columbia, the system crosses the traditional territories of numerous First Nations that are affiliated with the Secwepemc, Dakelh (Carrier), Nlaka'pamux, Syilx/Okanagan, Interior and Coast Salish, Stó:lo, as well as the Métis.

Trans Mountain also operates through 15 First Nation Reserves located within the region spanning the BC interior through Fraser Valley.


Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Trans Mountain is committed to supporting diversity and individual differences.  The diverse viewpoints and cultural knowledge that our employees bring to work enrich our organization’s collective cultural understanding, which is reflected in the work we do every day.  Trans Mountain welcomes new team members from traditionally underrepresented groups, including women, Indigenous Peoples, members of visible minorities and persons with disabilities.