Legal Counsel

YVR is a place of connection, bringing together people, places and cargo while ensuring a safe and efficient experience for everyone. YVR’s Legal and Corporate Services Department is an integral part of YVR, responsible for ensuring that our operations comply with laws and regulations, managing the organization’s legal risks, and protecting the organization’s interests.

Position Overview
Are you an expert in commercial leasing and general corporate law?

Due to ongoing growth, Vancouver Airport Authority is seeking to add a full-time, permanent Legal Counsel, focusing on commercial real estate in the Legal Services Department. Reporting to the Director, Legal Services and Legal Counsel, the successful candidate will work closely with the Airport Authority’s leasing and land development teams to provide legal advice on their projects at YVR.

The Legal Counsel will be one of a team of 10-12 lawyers and support staff in the Legal Services Department. While there will be opportunities for this role to provide legal support on areas outside of real estate to various other internal departments, the main focus for this role is to provide legal advice and support to the commercial leasing and land development teams which manage the airport’s real estate assets within and outside the main terminal building. In addition to providing legal advice and support to the internal departments, the Legal Counsel will also be responsible for engaging and instructing external legal counsel which may be necessary from time to time.

Key Responsibilities Include
  • Draft, review, and negotiate commercial real estate-related contracts, with a focus on lease and license agreements.
  • Review and advise on land use and land development initiatives.
  • Provide advice on compliance with legislation, internal policies and procedures, and risk management matters.
  • Identify and mitigate legal risk for YVR.
  • Work with and oversee the work of the Commercial Real Estate Contracts Clerk.
  • Work with YVR’s legal team (other legal counsel, paralegal and administrative assistant) on team initiatives.

Key Qualifications Include
  • 3+ years of relevant experience at a corporate/commercial law firm or in-house legal department, supplemented by a LL.B. or J.D. degree (or equivalent) and good standing with a Canadian Law Society.
  • Experience in commercial leasing and general corporate law; experience in land development is an asset.
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to meet deadlines and manage a variety of projects simultaneously and balance conflicting priorities in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to communicate legal advice in a clear and practical manner. 
  • Ability to work independently with a high degree of initiative and desire for continuous learning opportunities.
  • Demonstrate sound, pragmatic judgment with the ability to problem-solve and critically analyze situations.

This position is open to both Vancouver Airport Authority employees and external applicants. Previous job performance will be taken into consideration for all internal candidates that apply for this position.

Who We Are
YVR is more than just an airport. We connect our beautiful province and all it has to offer to the world. We are all leaders and trailblazers for change and innovation, so no matter the department or team you’re a part of, the work you do matters.

At YVR, we are flexible in everything we do. We will work together to find ways to deliver customer excellence that helps us all thrive. We strive to provide an environment that reflects the diversity of our communities, allowing us to better serve them.

Whatever your background and wherever you’re from, you belong at YVR. We want to make sure you truly belong and help you reach your full potential. If you have any questions about accessibility or require any assistance applying, please reach out at

Join us on this journey as we continue to transform our airport to better serve our communities.

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