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  • Kitchener, Ontario
  • Full-time
  • Legal

Legal Counsel, Commercial

  • Reference #: 3583274

The Legal Counsel, Commercial, will assist with the day-to-day management of the legal affairs of D2L and its subsidiaries. Among other tasks, this role will have a particular emphasis on commercial contracting.

D2L is a cloud company that is modernizing education and building the Future of Work. The old models of teaching and learning are in the midst of the largest transformation in history, and D2L is at the heart of that fundamental shift. 

New models of teaching and learning enable a personalized, student-centric experience – and deliver improved retention, engagement, satisfaction, and results for learners of all ages – in schools, campuses, and companies.

D2L is disrupting the way the world learns, by providing the next generation learning environment and solutions to engage and inspire learners. And most importantly, by giving customers a platform that is easy, flexible, and smart. No other company provides a solution as robust and innovative as D2L.

D2L’s has had a singular mission for 20 years and is dedicated to that same mission in the years ahead: to transform the way the world learns – and by doing so, we will help improve human potential globally.

Every day, our software is used by millions of people around the world, and we are looking for individuals who share in our excitement and passion for transforming the way the world learns. At D2L, we believe that learning should be accessible and engaging. Our goal is to create easy, flexible, and smart software that ignites the desire to learn in everyone. To do this, we need to give talented, enthusiastic, and passionate people opportunities to create, develop, and collaborate on projects that revolutionize the learning environment.


The Legal Counsel, Commercial, will assist with the day-to-day management of the legal affairs of D2L and its subsidiaries. Among other tasks, this role will have a particular emphasis on commercial contracting. 

This is a significant opportunity for a mid-level lawyer to gain in-house experience with a rapidly growing technology company. The position is part of a collaborative, team-based approach to corporate legal services


  • Draft, review and negotiate a broad range of corporate/commercial agreements and related documents, including client (SaaS and professional services), alliance and channel partnership, resellers, vendor, non-disclosure, licence and other similar agreements
  • Provide business acumen to the design of long-term contractual arrangements and deal structures
  • Assist with RFPs and procurement efforts
  • Provide timely and actionable legal advice on marketing materials
  • Work with employees and external counsel on intellectual property related matters, as may be required from time to time
  • Assist with providing legal advice regarding privacy compliance requirements in countries where D2L does business, and opportunities for improvement of privacy policies
  • Support the continuous improvement of legal and business processes to promote efficiency
  • Assist in providing internal training sessions across different functional areas on legal and compliance issues and updates to relevant legislation and regulations


  • 3+ years of law practice, preferably at a top law firm and/or in-house experience
  • Excellent analytic, legal drafting, oral and written communication skills
  • Licensed to practice in Canada or a U.S. state (required). License to practice in another jurisdiction (for example, England, Australia, Brazil) also relevant
  • Experience in IP, privacy and/or compliance practice an asset
  • Ability to work independently and with cross functional teams


  • B/J.D.
  • Excellent academic credentials


  • Flexible work hours
  • Health and wellness programs
  • Collaborative work environment
  • Dog Friendly office (Kitchener)
  • Snacks and food trays!
  • Foosball and Ping-Pong tables
  • Showers on site
  • Centrally located in downtown, close to restaurants and pubs, easily accessible by public transit


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