Manager, Corporate Compliance

The Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company
Posting Date:
Aug 29, 2022
The Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company
Area of Law:
Employment Law, Human Rights Law
6 - 8 years


We’re proud to give our employees the flexibility to choose how and where they want to work. In this role, you can decide whether your preference is to work from home (remote), work from the office or a hybrid of time spent at both. You may live in and work in any of the following locations: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland & Labrador and/or the Yukon.

The Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company, founded in 1896, is Canada’s largest mutual insurer, with $3.9 billion in annual revenue and assets of $10.5 billion. Wawanesa Mutual, with executive offices in Winnipeg, is the parent company of Wawanesa General, which offers property and casualty insurance in California and Oregon; Wawanesa Life, which provides life insurance product sand services throughout Canada; and Western Financial Group, which distributes personal and business insurance across Western Canada. With more than 5,700 employees, Wawanesa proudly serves more than two million policyholders in Canada and the United States. Wawanesa is thrilled to be named one of Canada’s Best Employers by Forbes for 2022. This certification recognizes us as a leading employer and reinforces that we’re a company that values our people for who they are and the work they do to support our customers, communities, and brokers. Wawanesa is also a Manitoba Top Employer for 2022 recognizing that we are an exceptional place to work. Wawanesa actively gives back to organizations that strengthen communities where it operates, donating well above internationally recognized benchmarks for excellence in corporate philanthropy.

We are currently looking for dedicated, driven, and enthusiastic individuals who thrive in an environment that welcomes change and are looking for an opportunity for diverse experience and advancement on a growing team.

Job Overview

With the guidance and direction of the Vice President, Compliance, the Manager, Corporate Compliance supports Wawanesa’s values-driven culture by leading Wawanesa’s corporate compliance investigations team, provides operational support to organization’s workplace policy development, and supports the human resources function in conducting workplace investigations falling within their area of responsibility. The incumbent will establish and lead code of conduct related programs and initiatives that foster a positive, inclusive, and supportive organizational culture applying expertise in employment and human rights law, as well as DEI and belonging concepts.

Job Responsibilities

  • Acts as the administrative owner for Wawanesa’s corporate compliance framework, including assistance in the development and execution of material policies covering first line of defense activities.
  • Leads and oversees investigations into alleged violations of the Code of Conduct and other key corporate policies, and tracks and reports on outcomes.
  • Provides guidance and direction to corporate compliance investigators on key risks and leading practices in relation to the discharge of their responsibilities.
  • Provides guidance and advice to members of the human resources team that conduct workplace investigations related to potential Code of Conduct or corporate policy breaches.
  • In collaboration with other leaders, assists in the development, implementation and updating of employee training on Code of Conduct and other key corporate policies which support it.
  • Provides recommendations to senior leaders in the compliance function on opportunities to mitigate culture risk which are grounded in Wawanesa’s values and sound legal and operational judgment.
  • Provides support for Wawanesa’s workplace policy development and management framework.
  • Stays abreast and provides information to key stakeholders on developments in organizational culture development and management, and diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging, including those which impact legal and other risks.
  • With input from senior leaders within the compliance function and other subject matter experts, implements changes to handbooks, guidance, processes and other control documents which support Wawanesa’s corporate compliance framework.
  • Collaborates with other leaders of Wawanesa’s compliance function and with leaders of the first and third lines of defense in areas of shared responsibility.
  • Performs other additional duties, projects and responsibilities as assigned.


  • Law degree with experience in employment and human rights law required.
  • A minimum of 6-8 years of relevant experience in a compliance, human resources and/or legal settings.
  • Direct people leadership experience on projects or in teams.
  • A thorough understanding of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging concepts, and workplace investigations.
  • A working understanding of compliance, monitoring and reporting frameworks.
  • Experience in delivering corporate compliance leading practices within a large complex organization preferred.
  • A proven pragmatic approach to dealing with employment issues, and with ethics and culture programs and practices.
  • Ability to express complex policy, program or process concepts and requirements clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Strong program planning, development and execution skills.
  • Excellent ability to collaborate and communicate effectively with a variety of internal stakeholders.
  • Ability to synthesize information from a variety of sources, independently identify and resolve problems in a timely manner utilizing strong decision-making skills to achieve the appropriate result.
  • Must be able to multi-task, take initiative and work well independently with strong process orientation.
  • Excellent ability to collaborate with a variety of team members and other colleagues to achieve superior outcomes.
  • Ability to maintain discretion in recognizing, protecting and adhering to absolute confidentiality of highly sensitive or controversial information.
  • Bilingualism (French and English) would be considered an asset.
  • Ability to travel both domestically and to the United States.

Wawanesa provides its employees with a respectful, challenging and rewarding environment where they can maximize their potential while contributing to the company’s goals. Our full-time permanent employees are provided with highly competitive compensation packages (salaries, generous vacation allowance, leave top up, annual bonus plan, premium free benefits and a pension plan). Wawanesa provides a stable environment for its employees in today’s challenging markets.

Wawanesa is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to fostering a diverse workforce that is equitable and inclusive for all. Wawanesa provides equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants without regard to an individual’s protected status: race/ethnicity, colour, religion, creed, sex or gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family or marital status, pregnancy/childbirth or related conditions, national origin, disability, military or veteran status, or any other protected status. Accommodations are available upon request throughout all aspects of the selection process. Candidates requiring accommodations may contact, in confidence,

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