Chief Legal Counsel - Unity Health Toronto

  • Promeus
  • Jan 04, 2021
Full time Legal

Job Description


Chief Legal Counsel

On August 1, 2017, Providence Healthcare, St. Joseph's Health Centre, and St. Michael's Hospital integrated to form a new health network known as Unity Health Toronto. United, the three organizations serve patients, residents, and clients across the full spectrum of care while investing in world-class research and education. Unity Health Toronto works to advance the health of everyone in their urban communities and beyond. The health network provides services spanning primary care, secondary community care, tertiary, and quaternary care services to post-acute through rehabilitation, palliative care, and long-term care.

For more information about Unity Health Toronto, please visit their website at:

The Position

Unity Health Toronto is seeking an exceptional leader for the role of Chief Legal Counsel. In this new role, you will have the mandate of building a new department, while contributing to the ongoing evolution of this new health network. As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, you will work collaboratively with the CEO, Executive Leadership Team, Board of Directors, Leaders, and Staff on multiple network priorities. You will be accountable for supporting the overall legal framework and strategy, while providing guidance on a broad and diverse mix of legal disciplines encompassing regulatory (compliance), litigation, clinical and health law, medical professional issues, research and ethics, procurement, and commercial law.

Reporting to the Executive Vice President, Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer, the Chief Legal Counsel will be responsible for providing legal advice for a comprehensive suite of legal services, across Unity Health Toronto, encompassing all three of its hospital sites and its research enterprise. This role requires a high degree of visibility and presence across the organization, with demonstrated skills in negotiation and execution. The ability to build effective relationships with physicians and other key stakeholders as well as the ability to influence will be important to the success of the role and the organization. 

Key leadership priorities for the Chief Legal Counsel will be to:

  • Develop a vision for this newly created role and department, building internal capacity that explores best legal practices and service offerings.
  • Act as the primary legal counsel to the President and CEO, Executive Leadership Team, and Board of Directors on a multitude of issues and topics.
  • Actively contribute to the development and implementation of a proactive legal framework, enabling Unity Health Toronto to realize opportunities for value-added legal service and guidance.
  • Provide strategic and operational leadership regarding legal opportunities and challenges, strategic planning, and risk management.
  • Continue to advance key stakeholder relationships with colleagues, member hospital executives and staff, and external partners to ensure collaboration, as well as alignment with the changing provincial health care landscape.
  • Work closely with team members to create a service and performance delivery culture.


The successful candidate will have at least seven to ten years of legal experience in a complex highly regulated environment, ideally combined with relevant firm-based health law experience. In addition to possessing a law degree and being a member in good standing with the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Candidate will be an inspiring leader and engaged team player. This is an influential role that requires someone with excellent legal and business acumen and proficient with managing relevant legal matters in in a complex, multi-stakeholder environment. The successful Candidate will have the transformational ability to implement leading practices and provide advice that reinforces corporate accountability and best governance standards. In addition, he/she will have the ideal opportunity to be a vocal and visible advocate of excellence, while contributing to both strategic and operational legal leadership in an ambitious organization-wide vision. 

To confidentially explore this opportunity, please email your resume, quoting the appropriate position title, to Judy Mandelman, at


Toronto, ON