Legal Counsel - Toronto, ON
Tilray is a leading global cannabis-lifestyle and consumer packaged goods company with operations in Canada, the United States, Europe, Australia, and Latin America that is changing people's lives for the better – one person at a time – by inspiring and empowering the worldwide community to live their very best life by providing them with products that meet the needs of their mind, body, and soul and invoke a sense of wellbeing. Tilray’s mission is to be the trusted partner for its patients and consumers by providing them with a cultivated experience and health and wellbeing through high-quality, differentiated brands and innovative products. A pioneer in cannabis research, cultivation, and distribution, Tilray’s unprecedented production platform supports over 20 brands in over 20 countries, including comprehensive cannabis offerings, hemp-based foods, and alcoholic beverages.
Looking to develop your career at the forefront of a rapidly expanding industry?
The Legal Counsel will provide broad support to Tilray’s leading cannabis, hemp, and alcohol business. You will be working alongside and in support of our highly experienced corporate and operational teams and legal professionals throughout the globe. The Toronto office in particular, and the legal department in general, is a great environment in which to learn and develop as a dynamic, solutions-oriented lawyer.
Role and Responsibilities
Supporting the growth of the business across all categories which includes:
Identifying and managing key legal/regulatory risks and opportunities in the marketing, distribution, import/export, and registration of medical and adult-use cannabis products, hemp products, and alcohol products
Supporting the execution of commercial transactions and partnerships, weighing multiple legal and non-legal risks and inputs
Working closely with business units to ensure that all commercial activities are conducted in a strategic and compliant manner
Staying current on regulatory framework to be able to counsel the business appropriately
Providing guidance on regulatory interpretation and training on topics of interest and related to compliance
Providing guidance and review and approval of marketing, packaging, advertising, and product claims, and support the development of new and innovative product offerings
Drafting, reviewing, and negotiating a variety of commercial contracts and providing legal counsel on a variety of commercial matters
Dealing with complex, significant matters that cut across legal and related areas weighing multiple stakeholder inputs
Assist with privacy compliance and assessment
Serving as an in-house generalist and attending to a wide variety of legal and quasi-legal matters on an as-needed basis
Undertake special projects as required to support new business initiatives.
Working with broader legal team to ensure efficient and effective delivery of legal services in-house, including by:
Maintaining commercial templates to ensure best practices on terms and conditions and intake systems, and training the business on their use
Implementing technology solutions to streamline legal administrative tasks
Collaborating with and providing support to other members of the legal team
Managing outside counsel in cost-effective manner, including for litigation discovery matters
Supporting the continuous improvement of legal processes to promote efficiency
Contribute positively to the culture of the legal team and the company as a whole, including by providing training to business units
Due to the dynamic nature of the industry, the scope of your job may evolve and change by business demands and regulatory/ legal framework
Qualifications and Education Requirements
Law degree from a recognized Canadian institution
Lawyer in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario
3-5 years of experience practicing law in a top tier law firm and/or in-house legal department. In house experience is preferred
Experience working in a highly-regulated environment such as life sciences, alcohol, food and beverage, and tobacco or working in the consumer packaged goods industry is strongly preferred
Proven negotiation and drafting skills for various types of complex commercial contracts
Prior experience providing counsel and advice directly to business clients
Ability to work independently, self-starter and entrepreneurial
Must be relationship-oriented with excellent business judgment, strategic thinking, and project management skills, and prepared to work in a cross-functional, fast-paced team environment
Must be responsive and be able to provide practical customer service to multiple departments
Must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, including ability to brief and communicate complex issues in a succinct, casual, and approachable manner to business units
Who You Are
Excited to work in a fast paced and intellectually challenging environment
Intrigued by the chance to primarily assisting in the Canadian cannabis space alongside many opportunities to be involved in US and international deals
Possess ability to handle competing priorities and quickly acclimate to unique regulatory environments
Have a strong work ethic and be able to work well under pressure, independently and with minimal supervision
Ability to manage multiple projects at once, to synthesize information from multiple sources, and to follow through and meet deadlines
Resourceful and creative in your approach to problem solving
Focused on pragmatic business advice and solutions
Professional and collaborative with the ability to build and maintain trusted relationships with stakeholders
Positive “can-do” attitude
Excited to be supporting work in a fast growing and evolving industry
Tilray welcomes applications from all qualified individuals and is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace.
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