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Paralegal/Law Clerk (Corporate)

Mississauga, ON

A Sustainable, Forward Thinking Protein Company

Maple Leaf Foods is a leading meat and plant-based protein company, employing over 11,500 people and publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange. We are proud of our roots, which trace back well over 100 years, but our vision and purpose are decidedly forward looking. As we pursue our vision to become the most sustainable protein company on earth, we are committed to creating shared value – creative business value through addressing some of the world’s most critical social and environmental challenges. Our goal is to build a more sustainable food system, which provides nutritious affordable food, operates within planetary limits, cares for animals responsibly, and meaningfully engages with our communities to advance a more just society. We are advancing bold changes within Maple Leaf and more broadly within society to pursue our vision. We deeply believe this is the sustainable path to growth.

Our job is to make great food

Maple Leaf Foods embraces a strong values-based culture, where our people are deeply engaged in work that is purposeful, fast-paced and challenging.We cultivate an open, non-bureaucratic and inclusive workplace that fosters safety and transparency, along with individual leadership and accountability. Each Maple Leaf team member has a voice and plays an active role in helping all of us achieve our goals with passion and discipline. We support one another to grow professionally, to learn new skills and to take on challenging experiences in the spirit of continuous improvement

Raise the Good in Food

We have united behind a shared purpose – to Raise the Good in Food. This spans a dramatic transformation of our flagship Maple Leaf brand, replacing anything artificial with simple, natural ingredients; investments and process changes to reduce our environmental footprint by 50% by 2025; building a diverse and inclusive culture where all talent thrives; becoming a leader in animal care; and advancing food security through our charitable foundation, the Maple Leaf Centre for Action on Food Security.

Our Leadership Values 

Eight core values guide us in everything that we do.
  • Do What’s Right
  • Shared Value
  • High Performance
  • Diverse and Inclusive Teams
  • Disciplined Decision Making
  • Our Accountability
  • Intense Curiosity
  • Transparency and Humility

The Opportunity

The Corporate Secretary and Legal team at Maple Leaf Foods provide strategic business and legal advice to our businesses and enabling functions.  Reporting to the Director, Legal Counsel, Intellectual Property, this role will support and assist the Legal and Corporate Secretary Group in a variety of areas, focusing on providing specialized support relating to corporate and IP matters, corporate records management and filings. 

A snapshot of some of the exciting things you will lead and do:

  • Maintain corporate records
  • Prepare and submit corporate filings and entity registrations for MLF and its subsidiaries
  • Provide administrative support for documents and activities related to corporate transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, formations and divestitures
  • Minute-book review and maintenance
  • Trademark administration and file management
  • Global subsidiary entity management
  • Invoice processing and tracking legal budget
  • Utilize current systems, including GEMS, WebTMS and SAP, as needed to perform tasks related to the position
  • Performance of clerical and administrative tasks related to the position
  • Working with other members of the legal and corporate secretary team on special projects and initiatives as assigned

What we have to offer you:

  • Be part of a company with an inspiring and unique vision, with a deep commitment to sustainability and expanding its leadership in sustainable protein across North America
  • Professional and career development opportunities
  • Competitive Health and Wellness benefits that start on your first day of employment
  • Defined Contribution Pension Plan
  • Commitment to Learning – courses, resources and tools provided to all employees
  • Employee Assistance Program

What you will bring:

  • Licensed Paralegal or Law Clerk (Diploma and/or Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario Certificate)
  • Direct work experience in a Law Clerk or Paralegal capacity, preferably in the areas of business/corporate commercial law (preferred) and/or IP law
  • Experience completing a broad range of corporate filings and maintaining corporate minute books and corporate databases
  • Positive attitude with superior verbal and written communication, organizational and multi-tasking skills.
  • Ability to prioritize high volumes of work and to respond to constantly shifting priorities
  • Proactive follow-up on outstanding matters
  • Strong aptitude for detail
  • Decisive and able to work with minimal direction/supervision
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Positive team player
  • Previous experience in the corporate secretariat department of a publicly traded company is an asset
  • Familiarity with applicable provincial and federal laws, such as the Canada Business Corporations Act and Regulations, Canada Trademarks Act and Regulations and/or provincial corporate legislation is an asset

Maple Leaf Foods is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all our employees.  As part of this commitment, we have adopted a number of COVID-19 safety measures, including a requirement for all employees to be fully vaccinated by March 31, 2022 and to show proof of vaccination.   In keeping with this policy, successful candidates will need to provide proof of vaccination by March 31, 2022 (or prior to their first day of work if the start date is after March 31, 2022). We will of course consider accommodations for anyone unable to be vaccinated following human rights and other applicable laws
We thank all applicants for their interest in exploring employment opportunities with Maple Leaf Foods; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Applicants may be subject to a background check and must meet the security criteria designated for the position.
Championing diversity and inclusion is a critical component to advancing our collective purpose and vision, living the Maple Leaf Leadership Values, and delivering winning results. Accommodation is available upon request for applicants with disabilities in the recruitment and assessment process and when hired; please contact our Talent Attraction Team at accommodations@mapleleaf.com.

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