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Legal Counsel Commercial

Canadian Pacific (CP) and Kansas City Southern (KCS) are now CPKC. As the only truly North American railway, we are making big moves! Drawing on our strong foundations and heritage, CPKC moves essential goods across our 20,000-mile network to support economic growth throughout Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. Be a part of history as we connect a continent and create exciting career opportunities across our new transnational network. Visit to learn about the CPKC advantage, our purpose and culture.



Legal Services is looking for a candidate to fill a Legal Counsel Commercial position, reporting to the Senior Legal Counsel - Commercial.  The successful candidate will provide proactive business-oriented legal advice to the corporation at all levels, and will provide support to senior lawyers primarily in the area commercial and regulatory law.



  • Work independently with various internal business departments as required from time-to-time, in negotiating and drafting commercial rail transportation contracts and related agreements
  • Provide legal support and counsel to the Sales and Marketing Department and other internal business departments as dictated by the needs of the departments and the direction of the Senior Legal Counsel – Commercial and Legal Services leadership team
  • Assist in developing tariffs and other ancillary terms and conditions of rail transportation services
  • Prepare precedence forms of agreement to reflect current legal trends 
  • Provide general legal advice in the interpretation, and application of legal concepts and principles relating railway transportation law and related regulatory law, while ensuring alignment with established CPKC policies, practices and procedures
  • Provide instructions, direction and oversight to outside counsel in their performance of CPKC legal work in all matters assigned to outside counsel
  • Professionally and effectively communicate with internal clients and the Legal Services leadership team in a timely manner
  • Provide back-up and support for the commercial legal team other members of the Legal Services team as required
  • Other duties as determined from time-to-time by Senior Legal Counsel – Commercial and the Legal Services leadership team



  • Graduate of a recognized law school and membership in the Law Society of one or more of the provinces of Canada
  • Minimum 5 to 7 years of legal practice in a private law firm, or corporate law department
  • Knowledge of transportation and regulatory laws, both federal and provincial, would be an asset
  • Possess strong drafting and analytical skills with keen attention to details and ability to apply applicable legal principles to CPKC business and operations, as well as excellent communication skills to deliver effective, proactive, holistic, strategic legal advice
  • Ability to manage relationships with outside counsel
  • Demonstrated organizational skills to prioritize high volume work load in a time-sensitive environment
  • Strong team player with demonstrated experience in participating in multi-faceted transactions and achieving successful results with a diverse group of stakeholders
  • Willingness and ability to work outside of normal business hours as required to provide timely legal advice and services
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work independently with minimal supervision



  • Flexible and competitive benefits package
  • Competitive company pension plan
  • Employee Share Purchase Plan
  • Performance Incentive Program
  • Annual Fitness Subsidy
  • Part-time Studies Program



As an employer with North American presence, the possibility does exist that the location of your position may be changed based on organizational requirements.


Background Investigation:

The successful candidate will need to successfully complete the following clearances:       

  • Criminal history check
  • Reference check
  • Education verification


Management Conductor Program:

Becoming a qualified conductor or locomotive engineer is the single best way for a management employee to learn the business at CPKC. You may be required to obtain a certification or to maintain your current certification/qualification as a conductor or locomotive engineer.


CPKC is an employment equity employer committed to the principles of employment equity and inclusion. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply including women, Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (BIPOC), members of the LGBTQ+ community, and people with disabilities. Accommodations for the job application process can be provided, as appropriate, upon request. All applicant information will be managed in accordance with the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA)”. 


  • Req ID: 101389
  • Department: Law
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Position Type: Non-Union
  • Location: Calgary, Alberta
  • Country: Canada
  • % of Travel: 0-10%
  • # of Positions: 1
  • Job Grade: 3
  • Job Available to: Internal & External




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