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Versaterm - Corporate Counsel (Ottawa, ON)
CC-OT-0928-22

THE COMPANY

Versaterm Public Safety is an Ottawa-based vertical market software company that has been in business for over 40 years.  We provide industry-leading products in mission-critical areas for Police, Fire, and EMS agencies across North America, the Caribbean, and Australia.

 

As a result of significant growth, we are looking for top-notch professionals to join us during this exciting time. Our clients rely on us to provide exceptional 24/7 support, and we depend on a team of top-notch professionals who are dedicated to client service excellence.

THE ROLE

Versaterm has an immediate opening for a Corporate Counsel to join their Ottawa office. The Corporate Counsel will assist with legal matters within the company, and act as a trusted legal advisor on strategy, legal risk and opportunities, and policies and practices. 

PRIMARY ACCOUNTABILITIES

Along with the Contracts Manager, the Corporate Counsel’s primary responsibility will be to centralize in-house legal services for Versaterm and the Versaterm Public Safety Companies group, as well as any future mergers or acquisitions.  

The Corporate Counsel will take on a broad range of additional responsibilities including:

  • Negotiating and drafting commercial agreements, such as licensing agreements, sourcing and procurement agreements, partnership and vendor agreements, NDAs, and terms of use;

  • Anticipating and identifying legal issues and counsels staff and management in order to develop legal strategies and solutions;

  • Providing guidance to staff on the legal and other risks associated with the development, operation, and implementation of technology systems and innovations, and working collaboratively with managers to develop practical solutions to address those risks;

  • Managing intellectual property;

  • Researching and advising on a variety of areas of law including, intellectual property, labor, and employment, compliance, corporate governance, and business policy;

  • Serving as Articling Principal; and

  • Liaising with external counsel as necessary.

QUALIFICATION | ROLE-SPECIFIC COMPETENCIES

  • LL. B. or J.D. degree.

  • Good standing with the Law Society of Ontario.

  • Ability to meet the eligibility criteria of the Law Society of Ontario, and willingness to become, an Articling Principal (As described here: https://lso.ca/becoming-licensed/lawyer-licensing-process/articling-principals/becoming-a-principal).

  • At least 5 years of experience drafting and negotiating transactional documents in the technology space, including purchase and sale agreements, license agreements, Software as a Service and Cloud agreements, commercial agreements, master services agreements, non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements, novation and assignment agreements, terms of use, letters of intent, and MOUs.

  • Experience working in an in-house environment, preferably with a technology provider.

  • Knowledge of and/or advice on privacy, cyber security, and confidentiality matters.

  • Experience and understanding of mergers and acquisitions and the centralization of the legal function.

  • Experience working with government bodies and public safety agencies.

  • Experience translating legal concepts and requirements into actionable, practical guidance for business teams.

  • Responsive and client-service focused.

  • Willingness to learn and master new areas of law.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English; French bilingualism is a plus.

THE APPLICATION PROCESS

Email your resume and cover letter to the address provided indicating where you saw the posting. Place the competition number, followed by your first and last name, in the subject line. Your application cannot be processed without this information.

Email to: jobs@versaterm.com

Subject Line: CC-OT-0928-22 followed your first & last name

We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Please note that we do not accept phone or email inquiries regarding ongoing competitions. We are in the process of developing a hybrid work environment.