Specialist, Governance Law & Portfolio Integration

Defence Construction Canada
Posting Date:
Jul 24, 2020
Defence Construction Canada
Area of Law:
Position Type:
Aug 14, 2020
5-8 years


Reporting to the Director, Governance & Legal Affairs, and Corporate Secretary, the Specialist, Governance Law and Portfolio Integration, develops and maintains strategic policies and procedures, and ensures they comply with numerous legislative requirements and various directives, policies and guidelines, in support of the President’s Office. The incumbent contributes to the development and implementation of related strategies and provides expert guidance and advice on legal and other matters and support and guidance to DCC’s Senior Management Group, Corporate Security team and employees. The incumbent researches, interprets and applies legislation, directives, policies and guidelines to DCC operations. Working in consultation with the Director, Governance and Legal Affairs, the incumbent establishes and implements improvements to DCC’s policies and processes, and develops related education and awareness programs. The incumbent reviews all contacts, agreements, memoranda of understanding and documentation related to Company 1 (DCC’s business), with a view to DCC’s best interests. The incumbent also develops and maintains relationships with internal and external stakeholders, including industry and other government organizations, and exerts national influence in the area of corporate governance.


The duties and responsibilities listed below are representative but not all-inclusive:


  • Manage risk and provide advice on legal matters related to corporate governance
  • Research, interpret and apply legislation to DCC
  • Research, review and analyze documents for compliance with legislation, jurisprudence, and Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat policies and guidance
  • Develop innovative procedures, processes and tools to support corporate governance
  • Develop and maintain strategic policies for use by DCC for rational decision making
  • Develop, lead and manage strategic corporate initiatives related to governance
  • Negotiate with third parties, offices of primary interest and other relevant offices regarding matters related to, for example, DCC’s Code of Business Conduct, Constituent Inquiries, Order Paper Questions, and amendments to third-party documentation
  • Support DCC’s fraud detection and prevention program
  • Lead the development and implementation of governance-related education and awareness programs, including giving presentations to DCC staff and developing online learning modules
  • Produce and manage effective internal and external reports, analyze data and make recommendations to support the Director, Governance & Legal Affairs, and the President and CEO
  • Conduct quality assurance activities, such as yearly audits, and internal and external corporate reporting, and follow up to ensure quality of service delivery
  • Collaborate with DCC’s IT Team to develop and maintain governance processes
  • Identify internal and external issues under dispute and resolve conflict of interest matters
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships within DCC, and with industry, the Client-Partners and other stakeholders, including other federal Crown corporations
  • Ensure quality standards are met, in line with corporate expectations


  • Participate in, represent DCC on and exert influence through external committees and meetings related to corporate governance
  • Other duties as assigned


  • General and Specific Knowledge
  • Best practices, methods, trends and legislation in corporate governance
  • Best practices in business law, contract law and related areas
  • Government policies, agreements and external reporting requirements
  • Contract risk management principles

Formal Education and/or Certification(s) and Experience

  • Minimum: university degree in law with five or more years’ relevant experience or university degree in a related field and/or relevant experience with a Crown corporation with eight or more years’ relevant experience
  • Preferred: university degree in law, legislative interpretation and/or relevant experience with a Crown corporation


  • Use applicable computer software and operating systems
  • Possess strong research, analytical and contract writing skills
  • Be bilingual (English and French); mandatory
  • Manage multiple deadlines and priorities
  • Demonstrate attention to detail
  • Resolve complex problems with multiple stakeholders
  • Apply risk management techniques


  • Provide advice to senior management
  • Provide functional direction and advice to employees, the public, third parties, representatives of Client-Partners and other government entities


  • Typical office environment with occasional travel


Contact Name Michelle Scheidegger

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