Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

Legal Counsel

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  • Job Description

      Req#: 6897

      Can you see yourself managing legal matters, advising clients on legal and contractual interpretation matters, and negotiating with third parties? Does the idea of providing practical legal advice in a results-oriented manner while appropriately balancing risk and opportunity sound good to you? Are you looking for a role that will challenge you? If you answered yes, then this may be the job for you!

      What will you be doing!

      • Providing advice to Science & Technology project teams, business development members and management on legal issues, with a special focus on issues relating to intellectual property issues and commercial and contracting with customers and partnering counterparts on business projects
      • Leading the formulation, negotiation, legal review of commercial contractual documents
      • Drafting and providing advice on the drafting of customer and commercial contractual documentation
      • Formulating strategy for successful contracting with customers and partners on collaborations, commercial ventures and technology sharing, partnering and transfer matters
      • Providing advice on contracting strategy, issues and implementation
      • Providing legal support to CNL’s BD and S&T organization throughout the contractual lifecycle
      • Identifying and participating in the implementation and management of proactive approaches to procurement in order to prevent or mitigate legal risks for CNL in the BD process
      • Assisting in advising on intellectual property matters, including negotiating and drafting agreements to protect and clearly define ownership and licensing of intellectual property as between CNL and its partner and customers

      What we are looking for:

      • Practicing Lawyer, Member in good standing with Law Society within Canada
      • At least 3-5 years post call experience
      • Experience in advising business development and commercial or sales organizations, including negotiation and drafting of commercial agreements, including experience in purchase and sale, partnering, technology transfer or joint venture agreements
      • Sound knowledge of procurement, corporate commercial and purchasing and business best practices
      • Ability to manage requests from multiple business clients in a fast-paced environment while paying attention to detail
      • A solid understanding of business fundamentals and a proven ability to make decisions and provide legal advice to ensure project decisions are made for sound business and legal reasons
      • Effective communication skills required to contribute to discussions and presentations within a large and complex organization
      • Effective analytical skills are required to contribute to contractual negotiations
      • Commercial and business development focus in a research and development, manufacturing, or technology field
      • Experience with supplier side issues in negotiating agreements in an R&D, engineering or other commercial sector preferred
      • Good understanding of intellectual property framework, including providing advice on IP matters relating to services and other commercial agreements with third parties

      Security clearance eligibility required: Reliability Status with Site Access Security Clearance (SASC), which has a minimum requirement of 3 years of verifiable history in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United States and/or the United Kingdom.

      Why CNL?

      Does working with a team across Canada to advance nuclear science and technology for a clean and secure world speak to you? We're reinventing ourselves to be the pace setters, so we can lead the charge in solving the problems that matter, like building the next generation of clean nuclear and hydrogen energy solutions, developing new and better-targeted cancer treatments, and continuing to lead the world in environmental remediation.

      • Work-life balance is an integral part of our overall health and well-being; at CNL, we value this.

      We offer a complete total rewards package:

      • paid time off (vacation, sick, floater & personal);
      • benefits effective day one, that’s right no waiting period;
      • tuition support
      • and a pension!


      CNL works with employees across Canada to enable a remote workforce where possible. Our Work from Home employees are provided with the equipment required to be successful: laptop, monitor, external etc. Of course, we always love a visit to site when possible!

      About CNL:

      CNL is Canada's premier nuclear science and technology organization and a world leader in developing nuclear technology for peaceful and innovative applications. Using our unique expertise, we are restoring and protecting the Environment, we are advancing clean energy technology, and our medical breakthroughs continue to improve the health of people around the world.

      Our Priorities:

      • Clean energy for today and tomorrow.
      • Restore and protect the Environment.
      • Contribute to the health of Canadians.

      CNL is committed to providing an atmosphere free from barriers that promote equity, diversity and inclusion in achieving our mission. CNL welcomes and celebrates employees, stakeholders and partners of all racial, cultural, and ethnic identities.

      CNL also supports a workplace environment and a corporate culture built on our Core Values: Respect, Teamwork, Accountability, Safety, Integrity and Excellence, which encourage equitable employment practices and career prospects inclusive of accommodations for all employees.

      CNL is committed to being an equal-opportunity employer. If you require accommodation measures during any phase of the hiring process, please inform the Talent Acquisition Specialist with whom you are in contact. All information received in relation to accommodation requests will be kept confidential.

      The Chalk River Laboratories site is located on the unceded and unsurrendered territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabe people. As an organization, CNL recognizes and appreciates their historic connection to this place. CNL also recognizes the contributions that First Nations, Métis, Inuit and other Indigenous Peoples have made, both in shaping and strengthening this community in particular, and this province and country as a whole.


  • About the company

      Canadian Nuclear Laboratories research facilities are located in Chalk River, Ontario, Canada, approximately 180km north-west of Ottawa.