Career Opportunity: Counsel, Claims Litigation

Counsel, Claims Litigation

Category : Strategy and Legal
Brand : Definity
Regular/Temporary : Regular
Fulltime/Parttime : Full Time
Role Location: Hybrid

Economical is part of Definity, which includes some of Canada’s most long-standing and innovative insurance brands, including Economical Insurance, Sonnet Insurance, Family Insurance Solutions, and Petline Insurance. With strong roots that date back to 1871, Definity has grown to become a digital leader in the insurance industry. We’re proud to help our clients and communities adapt and thrive in a world of constant change.

Our promise to you: It’s better here. Why? Because we CARE, and we provide an employee experience that’s collaborative, ambitious, rewarding, and empowering.

Our ambition is to be one of Canada’s leading and most innovative P&C insurers. Come be a part of our journey, and love what you do.



Do you know a high-calibre Canadian who could serve in the Senate of Canada?

The Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments (Advisory Board) has requested WLAO's assistance in identifying high-calibre Canadians who could serve in the Senate of Canada.

What is the Senate’s role? 

The Senate is the Upper House in Canada’s parliamentary democracy. It unites a diverse group of accomplished Canadians in service to their country. Created to counterbalance representation by population in the House of Commons, the Senate has evolved from defending regional interests to also playing an essential role in representing historically excluded groups, official language minority communities and identities that may be underrepresented in the Lower House.


What does a senator’s work involve? 

Parliament’s Senators shape Canada’s future. They participate in debates in the Senate Chamber, review legislation or propose their own bills, manage their office and stay in touch with the issues affecting the province or territory they represent. As members of Senate committees, they play an investigative role and undertake studies on challenges facing the country. These are important positions that provide a platform to speak out about the issues affecting everyone in Canada.


New application review cycle

The Advisory Board is launching a call for new applicants to fill current and upcoming Senate vacancies through 2022 for the following provinces: British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario. Applications will also be accepted from residents of other provinces and territories, which will be retained for future consideration once the Government of Canada establishes Advisory Boards for those jurisdictions.


The Advisory Board encourages Canadians to apply by April 20, 2022 to ensure the Advisory Board considers their documentation for this cycle. Please note that applications are accepted at any time and are retained for two years.

Nominate, support and inform a potential candidate

Share this information with your networks and with any high-quality individuals you consider to be potential candidates for appointment to the Senate and who you feel meet the assessment criteria. You may also wish to nominate or support them by writing a reference letter. Note that reference letters must be submitted by the candidate. Finally, you can share information about the Senate appointments process with potential applicants quickly and easily by email or through social media by using the “Share this page” button at the bottom of each page of the Advisory Board website.

Posted upon request from:


Huguette Labelle

Chair, Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments

Snowden Law PC Job Posting

Are you interested in reviewing, opining on and sometimes litigating or arbitrating the scope of commercial contracts? Do you enjoy drilling down on the background details to assist clients in managing their risks? Are you looking for flexible part-time or full-time work hours, whether located in-office, home office or hybrid, and with a chance to contribute to a leading looseleaf publication?

If you have these interests, a demonstrated skill for commercial contract interpretation and related advocacy (insurance law background an asset but not required – see below for who we are, what we do and when we write), maybe we should chat. If you’re interested, we invite you to contact Marcus Snowden at careers@snowdenlaw.ca, including your cover letter, current c.v., at least one privilege-redacted writing sample and anything else you believe would assist in our evaluation. Marcus will review your submission confidentially and contact the candidates most qualified to schedule an interview.

Who are we? Snowden Law Professional Corporation is a boutique firm focusing on providing coverage counsel to the insurance and risk management community. What do we do? Our work includes opining to and assisting clients with disputes over insurance coverage, and when needed, representing those same clients in the dispute resolution process, whether at court or privately. When do we write? Annually, we update a leading insurance law looseleaf service published by Thomson Reuters.


Pension and Retirement Assets Upon Relationship Breakdown - April 5, 2022

Pension and Retirement Assets Upon Relationship Breakdown (April 5, 2022, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm ET)

WLAO members can use code WLAO-10 to save 10%.

Program Chairs:

Georgina L. Carson, MacDonald & Partners LLP

Anne Slivinskas, Senior Counsel, Legal and Enforcement, Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario

Designed for those who practice in family law or work in pensions, this must-attend program will provide them with the key knowledge and practical strategies needed to tackle the most challenging issues in pension and retirement assets that arise upon separation.

Pension and Retirement Assets Upon Relationship Breakdown


The Roger Fisher Negotiation Training Scholarship

The Roger Fisher Negotiation Training Scholarship was created as part of the lasting legacy of The Roger Fisher Tribute held in Toronto in 2007. One Scholarship, donated by the Stitt Feld Handy Group, is awarded annually to a qualified Ontario recipient who otherwise would not be able to receive negotiation training.

The Tribute honoured the late Roger Fisher. He was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award to acknowledge his tremendous and far-reaching contributions in the field of dispute resolution. Twenty-six organizations from around the world, under the leadership of the ADR Institute of Canada, The Advocates’ Society, the Ontario Bar Association and The Law Society of Upper Canada, now The Law Society of Ontario (“Lead Organizations”), joined together to pay tribute to Roger Fisher.

Allan J. Stitt, President of the Stitt Feld Handy Group, describes Professor Fisher and the Become a Powerful Negotiator Workshop as follows:

“Roger Fisher was an inspiring man. Not only did he make major contributions  over many years to the resolution of some of the most intractable disputes in  the world, his teachings and the teachings of those who worked with him have  changed the approach to negotiation, and to mediation, of people around the world.

Our Become a Powerful Negotiator Workshop is based on Roger's theories. Course participants are encouraged to read Getting To Yes, the famous book on  negotiation outlining the approach to negotiation developed by Roger Fisher  and William Ury, before the course starts. The course is Canadianized but is true to Roger’s ideas and concepts about effective negotiating. It includes  three days of in-person training and one day of online learning. It's  skills-building, practical and hands-on.”

The Scholarship entitles the recipient a place in the Become a Powerful Negotiator Workshop held in Toronto, valued at $1,995.00 + tax. Scholarship recipients are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and other expenses. The course must be taken within 12 months of the award of the Scholarship. For further information about the Workshop and the Stitt Feld Handy Group see:



The Scholarship is available to a resident of Ontario who:

  1. would not otherwise be able to obtain negotiation training;
  2. has demonstrated an interest in negotiation skills and dispute resolution;
  3. would benefit the community at-large, and/or public interest, community, or pro bono organization(s) or company(ies) with which the person is involved, by the person strengthening his or her negotiation and dispute resolution skills, thereby leveraging the value of the training beyond the Scholarship recipient, and
  4. would benefit personally from negotiation training.

Selection of Scholarship Recipient

The Roger Fisher Negotiation Training Scholarship is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. We encourage applicants from equity seeking groups including women, Indigenous peoples, francophones, persons with disabilities, racialized peoples and members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ communities, irrespective of their age, in Ontario.

The Roger Fisher Negotiation Training Scholarship Committee (“Scholarship Committee”) solicits applications for the Scholarship each year, and selects the recipient, applying the four Eligibility criteria outlined above, in its sole discretion. The Scholarship is administered by the Lead Organizations. The Committee is comprised of representatives of the Lead Organizations, the Ontario Community Mediation Coalition, and other leaders in the ADR field.


In completing the attached Application Form, applicants should include an outline of their background and experience in Section A and explain the ways in which they satisfy each of the four Eligibility criteria, outlined above, in Section B. Previous applicants, who were not selected, are encouraged to reapply, with updated materials.

Applicants should include one or more supporting letters, if possible, from (a) the organization(s) or company(ies) with which the applicant is involved (as referred to in the third Eligibility criteria) and (b) others who are in a position to support the applicant’s statement about how he or she satisfies each of the four Eligibility criteria. The letters supporting the Application should be listed in Section C of the Application Form.

Applications (together with all supporting letters) must be received by 5:00 p.m. (Toronto time) on May 31, 2022. They can be e-mailed, faxed, delivered or mailed.

E-mail: sdhanju-dhillon@torkinmanes.com
Please include in the Subject line:
“Application for The Roger Fisher Negotiation Training Scholarship”
(Remember to attach the Application Form and supporting letters, if any.)

1-877-689-3896 (Be sure to include a fax cover page.)

Mailing/Delivery Address: 
The Roger Fisher Negotiation Training Scholarship
c/o Sumeet (Sonu) Dhanju-Dhillon 
Torkin Manes LLP
151 Yonge Street, Suite 1500
Toronto, ON
M5C 2W7

Candidates may be invited, in the discretion of the Committee, for a telephone or an in-person interview.

The person selected to receive the Scholarship will be notified and all applicants will be informed of the outcome.Website Host: The Scholarship Committee expresses its appreciation to Torkin Manes LLP for hosting this Scholarship website. The firm has no other role in relation to the Scholarship.

Download the application form here.

University of Guelph-Humber Talks: Justice and Public Safety webinar on February 27, 2022 at 1PM

The Justice and Public Safety Degree program at the University of Guelph-Humber provides an opportunity for working professionals to earn a Bachelor of Applied Arts degree from the University of Guelph part-time —while continuing to work. The degree is offered 100% online with no in person instruction. Significant credit is given for previous post-secondary education, work experience and professional training which allows you to complete the entire degree in 2 to 2.5 years of part-time study.


We will be hosting GH Talks: Justice and Public Safety webinar that will highlight more information about our program, courses, scholarships, application, and admissions process on February 27, 2022 at 1:00 pm EST. You can register for this event and for more information on our website.


Here are some others ways you can connect with us and learn more:


7 OCJ Judicial Vacancies - Deadline to apply March 16, 2022

Seven Judicial Vacancies – Brampton, Newmarket

The Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee advises the Attorney General of Ontario on the appointment of Judges to the Ontario Court of Justice, and invites applications for judicial positions in the following locations:

BRAMPTON  (4) – criminal
NEWMARKET  (3) – criminal

These appointments also involve travel within the regional boundaries and elsewhere in the province of Ontario, as assigned by the Regional Senior Justice and/or the Chief Justice.

The minimum requirement to apply to be a Judge in the Ontario Court of Justice is ten years completed membership as a barrister and solicitor at the Bar of one of the Provinces or Territories of Canada.

All candidates must apply by submitting an electronic copy of the current (September 2020) completed Judicial Candidate Information Form.  Acknowledgement and other communication will be sent by email.  Please ensure that a suitable email address is provided on your application.

If you wish to apply and need a current Judicial Candidate Information Form, or if you would like further information, please contact:

Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee

NEW ONLINE APPLICATION PROCESS:  All applications must be sent by email, as a PDF attachment, to JAAC.Application@ontario.ca.  Please refer to the submission instructions. In the email subject line, please indicate the LOCATION of the judicial vacancy.  If applying for more than one vacancy location, please indicate ALL vacancy locations in the subject line.

Applications must be on the current prescribed form and RECEIVED BY 11:59 p.m. on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 2022.  Applications received after this date WILL NOT be considered.

The Judiciary of the Ontario Court of Justice should reflect the diversity of the population it serves. Applications from members of equality-seeking groups are encouraged.

Court of Appeal for Ontario to Begin Hearing Appeals in Person - November 8

Court of Appeal for Ontario to Begin Hearing Appeals in Person

Beginning November 8, 2021, the Court of Appeal for Ontario will begin hearing appeals in person.

The Court will begin hearing criminal appeals and panel motions in person on November 8 and will begin hearing civil appeals and panel motions in person on November 15.

Inmate appeals, single-judge motions, purge court, and status court will continue to be heard remotely until further notice.

Parties will have the option of attending in-person appeals and panel motions remotely using a Zoom link, which will be provided to them.

In-person attendance will be limited to counsel and self-represented litigants. Observers, including clients and the public, will be able to observe remotely by Zoom.

For health and safety reasons, the Court had been hearing appeals remotely by Zoom throughout most of the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on public health advice the Court will resume hearing appeals in-person with appropriate health and safety measures in place. The Court continues to receive regular public health advice and will, if advisable, return to hearing appeals remotely.

For more information, please review the Court’s Protocol for In-Person Hearings During the COVID-10 Pandemic at this link and the Court’s Consolidated Practice Direction Regarding Proceedings During the COVID-19 Pandemic at this link.


A History of Women Judges in Ontario

The Honourable Pamela Thomson is a retired judge and a member of WLAO since about 1963.

Justice Thomson has written a book briefly surveilling women judges from Ontario who have been appointed to the Bench.

A new edition been published on the Osgoode Legal History Society website and  during a seminar on the book she realized women lawyers might find some encouragement from reading about their ancestors.

The book on women judges in Ontario was originally published in 2019 and has been updated. Here is the updated version from September 2021.

A brief history of Ontario women on the bench from the first woman appointed in 1922 to 1990 with appendices to the present day.


Position Available - ALOC CROWN COUNSEL - Deadline September 24, 2021


Ministry of the Attorney General
Civil Law Division, Legal Services Branch, Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry (Northern Development and Mines)
Job Term:
1 Temporary (up to 12 months contract with possibility of extension)
Job Code:
ALOC - Crown Counsel
Salary Commensurate With Legal Experience

Posting Status:

Job ID:

The Legal Services Branch for the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry (Northern Development and Mines) has an exciting opportunity for one legal counsel. This position offers challenging work in a small and collegial branch. The main focus of the work will be in providing legal support and advice in the aboriginal law, commercial law and mining law contexts including providing legal advice with respect to the proposed “Ring of Fire” development.

What can I expect to do in this role?

Duties will include:

• Providing written and oral legal advice to clients on infrastructure and mineral and development issues and Aboriginal and treaty rights including the requirements for consultation
• Providing legal support for issues management, communication products and for the development of Ministry policies and operational approaches
• Participating directly in consultation and negotiations sessions with indigenous communities, mining companies and their respective counsel
• Providing litigation support
• Providing corporate/commercial legal advice
• Supporting government-wide Indigenous policy initiatives
• Drafting, reviewing and negotiating contracts and other agreements including transfer payment agreements and memoranda of understanding
• Briefing senior government officials, Ministry management and stakeholders
• Working with counsel, senior management and staff across ministries
• Providing legal advice to support in policy development work
• Leading and participating in committee work
• Serving on, and providing legal advice, to Ministry committees and taking on special projects as needed
• Drafting correspondence and legal documents
• Travel to the northern regions will be required

How do I qualify?


• Membership in good standing as a lawyer with the Law Society of Ontario

Knowledge and Skills

• In-depth knowledge of mining law, in particular the Mining Act (Ontario) and its regulations, aboriginal law and the duty to consult, commercial law, administrative, constitutional and public law
• Demonstrated experience in negotiating with Indigenous communities and mining and resource companies
• Demonstrated ability and judgment to help manage complex and contentious issues
• Experience in legal research and opinion writing, statutory interpretation and policy development work
• Knowledge of mining and resource industries
• Knowledge of environmental assessment and impact assessment processes
• Demonstrated analytical skills and judgment to recognize and assess legal implications of Ministry and government initiatives
• Highly developed policy and political acuity
• Demonstrated written and oral communication skills
• Ability to work effectively in a diverse and inclusive team environment
• Organizational skills and the ability to handle a high volume of work on short notice and with minimal supervision
• Proven ability to work under pressure
• Proven ability to conduct legal research
• Computer literacy
• Ability and willingness to travel
• Demonstrated ability to provide excellent client service and to build and sustain positive relationships with clients and colleagues

OPS Commitment to diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and anti- racism:

We are committed to build a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and to promote a diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful and equitable workplace.

We invite all interested individuals to apply and encourage applications from people with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, and racialized individuals, as well as people from a diversity of ethnic and cultural origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.

Visit theOPS Anti-Racism Policy and the OPS Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint pages to learn more about the OPS commitment to advance racial equity, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in the public service.

We offer employment accommodation across the recruitment process and all aspects of employment consistent with the requirements of Ontario's Human Rights Code. Refer to the application instructions below if you require a disability-related accommodation.

Additional Information:

  • 1 Temporary, duration up to 12 months, 700 Bay St, Toronto, Toronto Region, Criminal Record Check
Compensation Group:
Association of Law Officers of the Crown


Legal Services
Posted on:
Friday, September 10, 2021


  • In accordance with the Ontario Public Service (OPS), Employment Screening Checks Policy (ESCP), the top candidate(s) may be required to undergo a security screening check. Refer to the above to determine the screening checks that are required for this position.Required security screening checks along with your written consent, will be sent to the Transition and Security Office (TSO), Talent Acquisition Branch (TAB), HR Service Delivery Division (HRSDD) to evaluate the results. If applicable, the TSO, with your written consent, will request and obtain any additional employment screening checks that were not obtained directly by you.

    A record under the Criminal Code and/or other federal offence record(s) does not automatically mean you will be ineligible for the position. The employment screening check(s) will only be reviewed and evaluated by the TSO for the purpose of making a security clearance decision. The details of an individual's employment screening check(s) will be considered in specific relation to the duties and responsibilities of the position being filled. Employment screening check records will be maintained by the TSO and kept strictly confidential.

  • Your application sent via method one must be sent as an attachment in either MS Word (.doc, .docx), PDF (.pdf), Rich Text (.rtf) or Plain Text (.txt) format, less than 2MB in size and must not be password protected.

How to apply:

  1. You must submit your application using only one of the methods identified below.
  2. Your cover letter and resume combined should not exceed five (5) pages. For tips and tools on how to write a concise cover letter and resume, review the Writing a Cover Letter and Resume: Tips, Tools and Resources.
  3. Customize your cover letter and resume to the qualifications listed on the job ad. Using concrete examples, you must show how you demonstrated the requirements for this job. We rely on the information you provide to us.
  4. Be sure to quote the Job ID number for this position.
  5. OPS employees are required to quote their WIN EMPLOYEE ID number when applying.

Send application to: 
Legal Recruitment Coordinator
Ministry of the Attorney General

Collection of Information

Your personal information is being collected and will be used to determine your qualifications for employment with the Ontario Public Service, and for recruitment modernization initiatives. OPS Careers is an authorized common service in accordance with s. 6 of the Ministry of Government Services Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. M.25 and this collection of personal information is necessary to the proper administration of OPS Careers.

Please do not provide more personal information than what is asked of you. For example, do not include your social insurance number, photograph, or banking information, etc. with your application. We strongly encourage you not to provide us with information beyond that which is requested in the job posting.

If you have any questions about the collection, use, disclosure, or retention of your personal information, please contact us.

All external applicants (including former employees of the Ontario Public Service) applying to a competition in a ministry or Commission public body must disclose (either in the cover letter or resume) previous employment with the Ontario Public Service. Disclosure must include positions held, dates of employment and any active restrictions as applicable from being rehired by the Ontario Public Service. Active restrictions can include time and/or ministry-specific restrictions currently in force, and may preclude a former employee from being offered a position with the Ontario Public Service for a specific time period (e.g. one year), or from being offered a position with a specific ministry (either for a pre-determined time period or indefinitely). The circumstances around an employee's exit will be considered prior to an offer of employment.

Remember: The deadline to apply is Friday, September 24, 2021 11:59 pm EDT. Late applications will not be accepted.

We thank you for your interest. Only those selected for further screening or an interview will be contacted.

Job advertisements for positions that have been designated bilingual will be provided in both English and French on the website. Positions that are not designated bilingual are not translated and are displayed in English only on both the English and French versions of the website.

Les annonces d'emploi pour les postes désignés bilingues sont publiées en anglais et en français sur le site Web. Les annonces pour les postes qui ne sont pas désignés bilingues ne sont pas traduites et elles figurent en anglais seulement, tant dans la version française que dans la version anglaise du site.

The Ontario Public Service is an inclusive employer.
Accommodation is available under the Ontario Human Rights Code.
Note: The only website where you can apply on-line for positions with the Ontario Public Service is http://www.gojobs.gov.on.ca


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