General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Posted on:
March 13, 2023

Burnaby, BC (Hybrid – Site Central)

BC Housing is a provincial Crown agency with an annual budget of over $2 billion (2022/23)

and a portfolio of housing services and programs that assist approximately

120,000 households in over 300 communities provincewide. As such, we continually seek

sustainable housing solutions that are supported by excellence in service delivery and

research, and take into account social, financial and environmental impacts.

Our Office of General Counsel plays a mission-critical role within this complex environment by

ensuring that BC Housing is in compliance with the law as it delivers on its important mandate.

As General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, you’ll contribute to the achievement of business

objectives by keeping current with legislative changes, industry best practices and legal trends

that could impact BC Housing.

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer and to the Board of Commissioners, you’ll provide

strategic leadership and legal advice for a broad range of corporate, governance, procurement,

and financial matters. You’ll also be involved with risk mitigation and work closely with the

Board, the CEO, the Executive Team and the management team to identify and leverage

strategies to meet operational needs. Tasked with providing legal support to BC Housing’s

Board of Directors and its Committees, you’ll oversee the governance framework and advise on

governance issues and requirements.

This is a uniquely exciting opportunity to draw not only on your legal expertise but also on your

extensive knowledge of BC’s residential development, design and construction sector, to

provide legal advice, interpretation and recommendations on a broad range of business issues.

Your informed counsel and insights will be sought in areas such as information technology

business transactions, including contracts, IT licences, data-sharing agreements and technology

transfers, the acquisition, leasing, development and disposition of real estate matters, complex

negotiations with legal implications, and more. Supervising a team of staff, including excluded

and bargaining unit employees, will be an integral part of your mandate.


With current membership in good standing in the Law Society of British Columbia, or eligibility

for membership within a specified period, a bachelor's degree and a Law Degree (LL.B or J.D.)

from a recognized post-secondary institution and a licence to practise law in British Columbia,

you have the solid foundation this executive role demands. These credentials are

complemented by extensive experience related to in-house and/or external legal corporate

law, commercial litigation and/or labour and employment law. Alternatively, you’ll have an

equivalent combination of education, training and experience acceptable to the Employer.

The following competencies, knowledge, skills and abilities will also support your achievements

as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary:

 A results- and service-oriented approach to leading and getting things done.

 Extensive knowledge of board governance and best practices, BC’s residential

development, design and construction sector, the Homeowner Protection Act and

associated Regulations, and proceedings in quasi-criminal hearings and civil court.

 Ability to learn and understand BC Housing’s mandate, programs and policies in

delivering social housing programs and services throughout the province.

 Ability to draft and negotiate complex agreements, including service contracts,

partnership agreements, public procurement documentation, and insurance provisions.

 Ability to explain complex legal issues to a wide range of internal and external


 Ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with private and non-profit

partners, government agencies, external legal counsel, associations/councils and other

key stakeholders.

 Ability to lead, coach, motivate and develop staff in a team environment.

 Ability to exercise sound judgement and make difficult decisions independently.

 Strategic and analytical thinking and problem-solving skills.

 Effective communication, presentation, consultative and consensus-building skills.

 Extensive skill in researching and investigating issues, determining facts, applying law

and policy, and making reasoned analyses.

 A Criminal Record Check is required.

To view the Job Description and to apply for the role of General Counsel and Corporate

Secretary, visit When applying,

please submit a cover letter and your application as a single Word or pdf file.

BC Housing—one of BC's Top Employers for 2023 and one of Canada’s Greenest Employers

for 2022—is the provincial Crown agency that develops, manages and administers a wide range

of subsidized housing options for those most in need across the province. Share in the rewards

of working with an organization that offers challenging work and competitive compensation

and supports the growth and development of its people.

At BC Housing, we're committed to providing a healthy, safe and inclusive workplace where

respect and diversity are recognized assets. We value lived experience and invite applications

from women, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, People with Disabilities and Disabled

People, persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and all people committed to

meaningful work that makes a difference. We are committed to providing an inclusive and

barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you require accommodations

at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact Indigenous candidates are welcome to connect with an Indigenous

leader in our organization to discuss this opportunity and our organization; please contact to arrange a call.

BC Housing thanks all applicants for their interest; only those selected for an interview will be

contacted. This position is only open to those legally entitled to work in Canada.

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