Town Solicitor

Posting Date:
Feb 07, 2020
The Town of canmore
Area of Law:
Government+ General Counsel
Position Type:
General Counsel- Municipal Government
Mar 06, 2020
5+ years


Why work for the Town of Canmore?

Our team is professional, fun, dedicated, and passionate about our community, this work, and the endless opportunities for adventure in our magnificent Rocky Mountain environment. Our political landscape includes a unique variety of legal issues and considerations that provide rewarding challenges, and an opportunity to apply your legal knowledge and expertise on a diversity of case subjects. As an organization, the Town of Canmore exists to serve the community and visitors to Canmore, with the goal to support a healthy, vibrant and sustainable future for all.

People are our Priority

Canmore provides a landscape like no other, with challenges that are political, geographical, natural, human, and animal. If you are looking for an opportunity to develop yourself as a strong leader, as well as challenge your legal skills with unique and complex issues, we have the right job for you!

As a trusted and respected advisor, this role requires strategic thinking and pro-active risk evaluation. The Town Solicitor is responsible for understanding the Town’s strategy, business objectives, and priorities to effectively communicate and advise on risks and legal issues for informed decision-making at all levels of the organization. The ability to collaborate and build strong working relationships with key stakeholders throughout the organization and community, is critical for success in this position.

This is the perfect job for a demonstrated leader with a collaborative work style. The Town Solicitor provides expert in-house legal counsel to the Town of Canmore on a wide range of legal, administrative and regulatory proceedings such as; interpretation of the Municipal Government Act (MGA), by-law and policy composition, contracts and agreements, planning and development, real estate, employment law, assessment and taxation, procurement, bylaw enforcement and litigation.

Core Responsibilities

  • Prepare legal opinions, policies and reports for strategic decision making
  • Represent Town of Canmore in courts of law and/or supervise special counsel as required
  • Negotiate and prepare legal documents for property transactions
  • Draft and negotiate commercial agreements and contracts
  • Review developer agreements and reference plans
  • Assist in drafting, preparing and amending Bylaws
  • Provide advice on employment law matters such as; employment contracts, collective bargaining, terminations, health & Safety
  • Lead towns enterprise risk management framework
  • Attend and advise at legislated board meetings and commissions


  • A Juris Doctor Degree (J.D.) or a Bachelor of Laws Degree ( LL.B) from a recognized university
  • Membership in good standing in the Law Society of Alberta


  • Minimum of 5-10 years progressive experience as a practicing lawyer, providing legal expertise to multi-faceted organizations, preferably in a municipal or government setting
  • Demonstrated understanding of municipal law, including (MGA) Municipal Government Act and drafting municipal bylaws with enforceability
  • Prosecution experience in a provincial courtroom

Salary & Benefits

Salary Commensurate with skills, experience related to the role

  • Competitive benefits & personal wellness plan
  • Generous RSP matching plan
  • EDO-Earned Day Off program
  • Personal development & learning opportunities
  • Positive work culture
  • Work-Life Balance

Join Our Team 

To apply, please combine your cover letter and resume into a single document (PDF or Word) and click the “Apply Now” button below. To help us learn more about you, in your cover letter please clearly explain the following:

  1. Why you want to be the Solicitor for the Town of Canmore. Why Canmore?
  2. What leadership skills and experience you have that would make you a trusted and respected partner for council and administration?
  3. What legal experience you have that would help you to successfully navigate the complex issues of our unique mountain town?

Application Date: This position will remain open until March 6, 2020.


Contact Name Amanda Coon Sorfleet

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