City Solicitor

One of Southern Ontario’s fastest growing municipalities, with a mix of urban and rural areas, Vaughan is a sought-after place to live and work. Considered one of Canada’s most family and business friendly communities, the City of Vaughan has a dynamic and diverse population of over 320,000 and a large and successful employment sector. Vaughan, in policy and action, is committed to building “a city of choice” that promotes sustainability, diversity, innovation and opportunity for all citizens, supported by timely public and stakeholder engagement. Major city-building initiatives are underway such as the Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital, the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre, the implementation of Regional Express Rail on the Barrie GO Corridor, the Highway 427 Extension, the recent opening of the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension, and the completion of the Viva Rapid Transit system.

Reporting to the City Manager, the City Solicitor leads the Legal and Real Estate Services department and provides advisory services to Council and the corporation. With a team of 22 professionals in the areas of Municipal Law, Litigation, Real Estate Law, Employment & Labour, Planning and Administrative Tribunal Law, Transit Expansion, and Prosecution, the City Solicitor is a key resource on all matters related to legal risk, litigation, regulatory compliance, and contract negotiation. As the City continues to grow, the City Solicitor will play an integral role in planning and development issues and represent the Corporation at hearings before the Ontario Municipal Board/Local Planning Appeal Tribunal.

With your Bachelor of Laws and more than 10 years of experience focused on municipal law, you have managed and coached a team of staff. You are a seasoned litigator and well regarded for your depth of knowledge in planning and development law. You are skilled in conducting hearings before the courts, particularly the OMB/LPAT, as well as drafting, negotiating, structuring, and advising on various types of contracts. A persuasive communicator and mediator, you have presented in public forums, and directly advise councils, boards, and committees on the best course of action.

To explore this opportunity further, please contact Julia Robarts in Odgers Berndtson’s Toronto office at 416-366-1990 or submit your resume and related information online by December 7, 2018 using the Apply button.

The City of Vaughan is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (2005), upon request, accommodation will be provided by both Odgers Berndtson and the City of Vaughan throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.


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