Chief Operating Officer

Nova Scotia
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Stewart McKelvey is proud to celebrate decades of leadership as Atlantic Canada’s first and largest regional law firm with 550+ teammates across 6 offices. With a distinguished heritage reaching back to Canada’s confederation, our Firm has established an international reputation for generating results. We have become one of the 20 largest law firms in the country. With a nod to our history, we continue to lead the way forward for our clients in Atlantic Canada, across the country and around the globe.

The Opportunity

Stewart McKelvey’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) will be responsible for overseeing all non-legal shared services functions including administrative operations, risk and compliance, IT operations, marketing, communications, and events. This will require championing innovation and change to ensure that our systems, technology and workflows efficiently facilitate the core, client-facing legal operations of this growing firm.

In strategic alignment with the executive team and partnership board, this role will design, implement and regularly adapt systems and processes to increase efficiency and resiliency within the firm, and prepare us to lead an innovative practice of tomorrow. The role of the COO is to be proactive in managing quality and ensuring strategic review and continuous improvement, while developing and mentoring a strong team.

What we offer

The opportunity to work with a high performing team in a firm that prides itself on regular reinvention to meet the constant changing needs of our clients. Join the C-suite of a growing company and elevate our operations to see far-reaching impact across our network of partners and clients in all industries.

Who you are

A strong and well-rounded leader with high EQ, humility and consummate relationship-building ability. This role calls for a hands-on, visionary, results-driven executive with exceptional organizational and communications skills, a proven track record in operational excellence and the ability to lead an enterprise-wide transformation within a complex network of stakeholders.

The right person for this role is confident but doesn’t take themselves too seriously, is resilient and has a high degree of integrity: you say what you do and do what you say. You are comfortable leading highly capable teams and are known as a mentor, encouraging people around you to be and do their very best.


  • 10+ years of relevant experience in an executive leadership role. Professional services considered an asset.
  • Strong understanding of the service industry, with a focus on the Canadian market.

If you are interested in this opportunity, click the "Apply Now" button below. For more information, please contact Kevin Stoddart at or Claire Holt at 902-424-1105 or

We believe that diversity, equity & inclusion not only enhances the delivery of legal services to our clients, but also contributes to a better workplace for our team through the respected and valued input of diverse perspectives, ideas and experiences. It is our mission to promote diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the Firm, to support the diversity initiatives of our clients, and to encourage greater inclusion in our communities through sponsorship and support. During the recruitment process, applicants have the right to request an accommodation. Applicants invited to participate in an interview and who require an accommodation are encouraged to speak with someone named on this posting and discuss what we can do to better support them during this process.