Legal Counsel, Research Contracts

BioTalent Canada
May 13, 2024
May 23, 2024
Contract Type

The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute is the research arm of The Ottawa Hospital – one of Canada's largest learning and research hospitals. We are proudly affiliated with the University of Ottawa and supported by The Ottawa Hospital Foundation. With more than 2200 scientists, clinician investigators, trainees and staff, and total revenues of more than $120 million, we are one of the foremost Canadian hospital–based research institutes. Our research spans more than a hundred different diseases, conditions, and specialties with an overall focus on translating discoveries and knowledge into better health.

Job Description
The OHRI has an immediate opening for a full–time Legal Counsel in our expanding Research Contracts Office. The Research Contracts Office consists of lawyers and contract reviewers and focuses on the legal and contractual needs for OHRI's research studies, on both a study–by–study basis and an institutional basis.

While reporting to Legal Counsel & Manager, Research Contracts, the Legal Counsel will:
•Assess certain risks associated with OHRI research projects and provide legal advice to OHRI on next steps regarding those risks.
•Provide expert guidance and advice on legal matters regarding research at OHRI, including but not limited to matters related to data and privacy, medical research, liability, and intellectual property.
•Independently review, draft, and negotiate a range of high–risk research agreements with private industry, funding agencies and other national and international research institutions. Examples of such agreements include clinical trial agreements, master agreements, and collaborative inter–institutional agreements.
•Work with and advise other members of the Research Contracts Office on matters related to clinical research agreements.
•Create precedents, legal guidelines, contract resources, and write memos as requested by Legal Counsel & Manager, Research Contracts
•Liaise with the Research Ethics Board and external negotiators to advance the OHRI's contractual and legal needs of each study.
•Effectively represent the OHRI's interests by conducting negotiations in a manner that fosters productive and strong relationships with our industry and academic partners while also ensuring compliance with institutional policies, practices, and risk tolerances, as well as applicable guidelines, laws, and regulations.

Basic Requirements (Education/Experience):
•Degree in law (LL. B/J.D.).
•A lawyer in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario.
•A minimum of eight (8) years' experience providing legal counsel within Canada or a similar jurisdiction, particularly regarding contracts or transactions.
•Extensive experience drafting and negotiating contracts.
•In–depth understanding of contacts and tort law within Canada.
•Service–oriented focus.
•Excellent negotiating, analytical and problem–solving skills.
•Strong interpersonal and written and oral communication skills. Ability to develop good working relationships with diverse stakeholders.
•Demonstrated ability to set priorities among competing and shifting demands. Must be highly organized and able to work independently to meet deadlines without sacrificing accuracy, customer service, collegiality, or ethics.
•Ability to learn and adapt to new policies, procedures, and requirements.
•Experience in data and privacy law.

Preferred Qualifications:
•Extensive experience in data and privacy law.
•Experience in health law, intellectual property law, or biomanufacturing law.
•Experience working with the following laws, regulations, and guidelines: Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004, and applicable regulations thereunder, Canada Food and Drugs Act, and applicable regulations thereunder, the Tri–Council Policy Statement 2, EU General Data Protection Regulation, and American health privacy laws.

Contract Details:
Salary: $96,067 – $119,207/year, commensurate with skills and experience. We offer a competitive benefits package, pension, and a standard 8–hour workday.

Comments to Applicant:
Please send a complete CV with description of experience to:

Contact Info:
Name: Jennifer Cox, B.A. Hons., J.D.
Title: Legal Counsel & Manager, Research Contracts
Program: Administration, Research Contracts
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Address: 725 Parkdale Avenue, Ottawa ON K1Y 4E9

The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute is committed to building and sustaining a welcoming and supportive culture that promotes equity, diversity and inclusion for trainees, researchers, and staff. We are devoted to identifying and removing barriers that limit equitable access to opportunities within our organization. The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute strongly supports initiatives that encourage the participation of all groups, in particular the four groups defined in the Employment Equity Act (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities).

We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those invited for an interview will be contacted. The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute is an equal–opportunity employer. Upon request, accommodations due to a disability are available throughout the selection process.