In House Counsel

General Counsel - University of Guelph

April 27, 2022

The University of Guelph is one of Canada’s leading research-intensive comprehensive institutions, with a record of outstanding scholarship in the arts, humanities, social sciences, physical and engineering sciences, agriculture and veterinary sciences. With campuses in Guelph, Ridgetown, and Toronto (University of Guelph-Humber in partnership with Humber College), the U of G is home to nearly 27,000 undergraduate and over 3,000 graduate students, including over 1,400 international students from over 120 countries. The University of Guelph strives for global excellence in fulfilling its mission to improve life.

The University of Guelph is seeking a seasoned, dynamic lawyer to join its Executive Leadership Team as General Counsel. Reporting to the University President, the successful candidate will manage and lead the University’s office of legal affairs and engage with legal counsel attached to various departments throughout the University.  You will act as the key legal advisor and provide strategic and tactical advice to the President and Executive Leadership Team on all University matters involving legal and policy issues.

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 10 years of broad legal experience with a strong background in corporate/commercial and governance matters. Exposure to relevant areas such as administrative law, including human rights and litigation, charities, real estate and regulatory law, is important. Prior legal experience in the field of post-secondary education is an asset, but not required. You will have demonstrated leadership skills and a proven history of advising on strategic planning and risk management for a large organization with multiple constituencies.  This is an exciting opportunity to work with a collaborative team in a role that requires legal expertise, broad community-minded thinking, and excellent judgment.

At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our community.

For more information or to apply, please contact Sherri Pinsler at

As this is an exclusive assignment with The Heller Group, all resumes sent directly to University of Guelph will be re-directed to The Heller Group.

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