Director of Legal Affairs

CorporateFull TimeBrampton, ON

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Imagine a place that empowers the entrepreneurial spirit. A place on the cutting edge of an exciting new industry loaded with opportunity. A place with a vison that is powerful yet simple, ‘to do good’. Northern Green Canada is that place. Founded on a belief in creating a work environment that nurtures creativity and collaboration, we strive to empower our people to create something special. If you are a self-starter, a problem solver, someone seeking a unique challenge to help others, then we may be the right place for you.
The Northern Green Canada Team has built a highly controlled, pesticide-free, state-of-the-art hydroponic facility, where our expert grow team cultivates cannabis strains that are industry leading in quality and consistency. Every role at Northern Green Canada contributes directly to the goal of helping patients with access to quality cannabis products.


Northern Green Canada is searching for a new Team Member to join us in the role of Director of Legal Affairs. Reporting to the Chief Policy Officer, the Director of Legal Affairs (DLA) will manage the regulatory affairs function at Northern Green Canada as its in-house counsel. This includes strategic and operational oversight of all regulatory activities (operational and product related), as well as building and managing the future regulatory affairs team. The DLA will be Northern Green Canada’s subject matter expert with respect to the interpretation of legislation and all regulations applicable to cannabis operations, cannabis products and related regulatory bodies.


The DLA will be responsible to ensure Northern Green Canada’s operations comply with all applicable regulatory requirements and provide guidance to the senior management team regarding regulatory requirements. The DLA will oversee all Health Canada and other regulatory interactions while ensuring the highest integrity in regulatory compliance.
The DLA will also work with the executive team to draft and review all legal contracts to completion, as well as act as the preliminary resource for legal advice for all areas of the business.


Responsibilities

  • Provide counsel, training, and interpretation of the Cannabis Act and its Regulations, Food and Drugs Act and its Regulations, Safe Food for Canadians Act and Regulations, Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and its Regulations as well as all corresponding Health Canada policies, guidance and interpretation, including formal guidance relating to Good Manufacturing Practices and Good Production Practices.
  • Ensure compliance with applicable regulatory requirements.
  • Serve as the company’s primary contact with Health Canada, planning and executing successful
    regulatory agency meetings and interactions.
  • Set strategy for submissions of license amendments and product registration documents to Health
    Canada
  • Interact with other teams in the company in the preparation, review, and completion of
    documents for regulatory submissions.
  • Interact with key personnel in regulatory agencies to ensure the review and approval of
    development plans, the timely resolution of issues, and the approval of regulatory applications.
  • Stay current with regulatory changes relevant to the cannabis industry in Canada and monitor
    global regulatory regimes and changes.
  • Perform research and analysis on regulatory matters that impact the company.
  • Assist with all aspects of the license application process under the Cannabis Act, and/or any other subsequent or complementary legislation.
  • Establish and maintain a regulatory tracking management system for all regulatory mandates.
  • Triage regulatory requests for regulatory support and identify correct pathway for issue resolution.
  • Provide legal advice, counsel and assess risk in regard to Northern Green’s operations.
  • Be the first point of contact for internal inquiries of a legal nature, including employment law.
  • Develop, draft and oversee all corporate contracts to completion such as NDAs, LOIs, MOUs, etc.
  • Attend site meetings, conference calls and weekly staff meetings.
    Skills/Experience
  • A JD and/or LLB degree from an accredited Canadian Law School. Science undergrad or graduate preferred.
  • Related regulatory experience with cannabis, natural health products, drugs, medical devices or experience with Health Canada is preferred.
  • Excellent analytical and communication skills, both written and verbal; demonstrated consistent and prompt use of sound legal and business judgment.
  • Pragmatic approach, including the ability to simplify legal constructs and concepts for business colleagues and non-legal audiences.
  • Strong attention to detail and excellent organization skills.
  • Superior prioritization skills with the ability to learn quickly and work independently.
  • Prior experience in the medical cannabis industry is not required but would be considered an asset.
  • Knowledge of the Cannabis Act and its Regulations, Food and Drugs Act and its Regulations, Safe Food for Canadians Act and Regulations, Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and its Regulations as well as all corresponding Health Canada policies, guidance and interpretation, including formal guidance relating to Good Manufacturing Practices and Good Production Practices.


Northern Green Canada is committed to fair and accessible employment practices and we are committed to providing accommodations for persons with disabilities. If you require accommodation in order to apply for an opportunity, please contact us directly at careers@northerngreencanada.com.


Only those selected for an interview will be called.


No agencies or phone calls at this time please.