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BENNETT JONES LLP
Susan G. Seller, Partner; 3400 First Canadian Place, Box 130, Toronto, ON M5X 1A4
PH: 416-777-5638
Fax: 416-863-1716
eMail: sellersg@bennettjones.com
Web: www.bennettjones.com
Canadian Cities with Offices: Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa
Number of Lawyers in Benefits and/or Pensions Practice: 5
Key Members of Practice: Toronto - Susan G. Seller; Toronto - Mariette Matos
Benefits and/or Pensions Practice at Firm Since: 2000

BLAKE, CASSELS & GRAYDON LLP
Kathryn M. Bush, Partner; 199 Bay St., Ste. 4000, Commerce Court W., Toronto, ON M5L 1A9
PH: 416-863-2633
Fax: 416-863-2653
eMail: kathryn.bush@blakes.com
Web: www.blakes.com
Canadian Cities with Offices: Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary, Vancouver
Number of Lawyers in Benefits and/or Pensions Practice: 19
Key Members of Practice: Toronto - Kathryn Bush, Jeremy Forgie, Caroline Helbronner, Elizabeth Boyd, Jeffrey Sommers; Calgary - Sean Maxwell; Montreal - Natalie Bussière; Vancouver - Bill Maclagan
Benefits and/or Pensions Practice at Firm Since: 1984

BORDEN LADNER GERVAIS LLP
Andrew Harrison, Partner; 4400 - 40 King St. W., Toronto, ON M5H 3Y4
PH: 416-367-6046
Fax: 416-361-2789
eMail: aharrison@blg.com
Web: www.blg.com
Canadian Cities with Offices: Vancouver, Calgary, Waterloo, Ottawa, Montreal
Number of Lawyers in Benefits and/or Pensions Practice: 14
Key Members of Practice: Vancouver - Steve Winder; Calgary - Duncan Marsden; Toronto - Andrew Harrison, Sonia Mak, Markus Kremer; Ottawa - Pamela Cross; Montreal - Francois Morin, Frederic Masse
Benefits and/or Pensions Practice at Firm Since: Before 1985
Significant Pension and Benefit Actions in 2014: DB/DC Conversions, Pooled Pension Investment Products, Corporate M&A Transactions, PRPP/VRSP, Pension Asset Transfers

CAVALLUZZO SHILTON MCINTYRE CORNISH
Amanda Darrach, Head Pension, Benefits & Governance Group; Ste. 300, 474 Bathurst St., Toronto, ON M5T 2S6
PH: 416-964-5511
Fax: 416-964-5895
eMail: adarrach@cavalluzzo.com
Web: cavalluzzo.com
Number of Lawyers in Benefits and/or Pensions Practice: 3
Key Members of Practice: Amanda Darrach, Adam Beatty, Lauren Sheffield
Benefits and/or Pensions Practice at Firm Since: 1983

DAVIES WARD PHILLIPS & VINEBERG
Jessica Bullock, Partner; 155 Wellington St. W., Toronto, ON M5V 3J7
PH: 416-863-5503
Fax: 416-863-0871
eMail: jbullock@dwpv.com
Web: www.dwpv.com
Canadian Cities with Offices: Montreal

DENTONS CANADA LLP
Scott Sweatman, Partner; 250 Howe St., Vancouver, BC V6C 3R8
PH: 604-687-4460
Fax: 604-683-5214
eMail: scott.sweatman@dentons.com
Web: www.dentons.com
Canadian Cities with Offices: Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal
Number of Lawyers in Benefits and/or Pensions Practice: 6
Key Members of Practice: Toronto - Mary Picard, Heather Di Dio; Vancouver - Scott Sweatman, Claude Marchessault
Benefits and/or Pensions Practice at Firm Since: Over 30 years
Significant Pension and Benefit Actions in 2014: The first successful pension plan merger application under new Ontario rules; Canada's first ever buy-in and buy-out indexed annuity for the Canadian Wheat Board; successfully implemented a national pension surplus sharing agreement for Imperial Tobacco Canada Limited; implemented for Bridgestone Canada Inc. a unique distribution of demutualization assets relating to a terminated pension plan; transfer of British Columbia Teachers' Federation defined benefit plan assets and liabilities to the British Columbia Municipal Pension Plan; acted as independent facilitator for public sector partners seeking agreement on key pension design changes for Canada's sixth largest public sector pension plans; windup of a major federal regulated pension plan via a fully indexed annuity purchase and related windup of their fully funded RCAs.

FASKEN MARTINEAU DUMOULIN LLP
Peggy A. McCallum, Partner; 333 Bay St., Ste. 2400, Toronto, ON M5H 2T6
PH: 416-865-4372
Fax: 416-364-7813
eMail: pmccallum@fasken.com
Web: www.fasken.com
Canadian Cities with Offices: Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa, Calgary, Vancouver
Number of Lawyers in Benefits and/or Pensions Practice: 18
Key Members of Practice: Toronto - Peggy McCallum, Ross Gascho Richard Johnston; Montreal - Dominique Monet; Vancouver - Darrell Wickstrom
Benefits and/or Pensions Practice at Firm Since: 1985

FILLMORE RILEY LLP
Jody S. Langhan, Partner & Chair of Pension & Benefits Group; 1700-360 Main St., Winnipeg, MB R3C 3Z3
PH: 204-957-8311
Fax: 204-954-0311
eMail: jslanghan@fillmoreriley.com
Web: www.fillmoreriley.com
Number of Lawyers in Benefits and/or Pensions Practice: 5
Key Members of Practice: J. Michael J. Dow, E. Beth Eva, Cy M. Fien, Jody S. Langhan, Lindsay R. Martens

GOODMANS LLP
John Alton, Partner, Pension, Benefits & Compensation Group; Bay Adelaide Centre, 333 Bay St., Ste. 3400, Toronto, ON M5H 2S7
PH: 416-597-4101
Fax: 416-979-1234
eMail: jalton@goodmans.ca
Web: www.goodmans.ca
Number of Lawyers in Benefits and/or Pensions Practice: 7
Key Members of Practice: Toronto - John Alton, Monique McAlister, Partner; Gale Rubenstein, Partner
Benefits and/or Pensions Practice at Firm Since: 1985
Significant Pension and Benefit Actions in 2014: Ernst & Young Inc., the monitor in the CCAA proceedings of Nortel Networks in connection with the provision of ongoing advice on pension, benefits and trust matters; pension and benefits advice in merger and acquisition transactions including: Canadian counsel to Multi Packaging Solutions in connection with its acquisition of the North American and Asian businesses of AGI-Shorewood Group, Canadian counsel to Searchlight Capital Partners in connection with its acquisiton of M & M Meat Shops and Canadian counsel to Aryzta AG in connection with its acquisition of Pineridge Bakery.

GOWLING LAFLEUR HENDERSON LLP
Dan Hayhurst, Partner; 1 First Canadian Place, 100 King St. W. Ste. 1600, Toronto, ON M5X 1G5
PH: 416-369-4635
Fax: 416-862-7661
eMail: daniel.hayhurst@gowlings.com
Web: www.gowlings.com
Cities with Offices: Montreal, Ottawa, Hamilton, Waterloo Region, Calgary, Vancouver, Moscow, London, Beijing
Number of Lawyers in Benefits and/or Pensions Practice: 10
Key Members of Practice: Toronto - Dan Hayhurst, Cliff Prophet; Montreal - Pierre Pilote, Melanie Morin; Calgary - David Corry
Benefits and/or Pensions Practice at Firm Since: 1990

HICKS MORLEY HAMILTON STEWART STORIE LLP
Elizabeth M. Brown, Partner & Chair of the Pension, Benefits & Executive Compensation Practice Group; 77 King St. W. 39th Floor, Box 371, TD Centre, Toronto, ON M5K 1K8
PH: 416-864-7210
Fax: 416-362-3680
eMail: elizabeth-brown@hicksmorley.com
Web: hicksmorley.com
Canadian Cities with Offices: Toronto, Ottawa, Waterloo, London, Kingston
Number of Lawyers in Benefits and/or Pensions Practice: 9
Key Members of Practice: Toronto - Elizabeth M. Brown, Jordan N. Fremont, Stephanie J. Kalinowski, Terra L. Klinck, John A. Prezioso, Natasha D. Monkman, Susie S. Taing, Jennifer Del Vecchio; Ottawa - Lisa J. Mills
Benefits and/or Pensions Practice at Firm Since: 1995
Significant Pension and Benefit Actions in 2014: Advisor to US Steel Canada Inc. on pension and benefits matters in its insolvency restructuring proceedings; advisor to an employer group for the creation of a multi-employer jointly sponsored pension plan; advisor to the University of Western Ontario on the transition of its Retirement Income Fund to an external sponsor; advisor to multiple large pension funds on de-risking initiatives, including proposed buy-in and buy-out transactions; advisor to numerous employers in corporate M&A transactions and business closures.

KOSKIE MINSKY LLP
Michael Mazzuca, Partner; 20 Queen St. W., Ste. 900, Toronto, ON M5G 3R3
PH: 416-595-2101
Fax: 416-204-2881
eMail: mmazzuca@kmlaw.ca
Web: www.kmlaw.ca
Canadian Cities with Offices: Vancouver1
Number of Lawyers in Benefits and/or Pensions Practice: 15
Key Members of Practice: Michael Mazzuca, Murray Gold, Mark Zigler, Susan Philpott, Roberto Tomassini, Ari N. Kaplan, Adrian Scotchmer, Barbara Walancik, Clio Godkewitsch, James Harnum, Lesa MacDonald, Sheila O'Toole, Simon Archer, Andrew J. Hatnay, George Dzuro
Benefits and/or Pensions Practice at Firm Since: 1981
Significant Pension and Benefit Actions in 2014: Insolvency of Nortel Networks, insolvency of Target Canada
1 - Affiliated with Koskie Glavin Gordon

LANGLOIS KRONSTROM DESJARDINS
Tina Hobday, Partner; 1002, Sherbrooke St. W., 28th Floor, Montréal, QC H3A 3L6
PH: 514-282-7816
Fax: 514-845-6573
eMail: tina.hobday@lkd.ca
Web: www.lkd.ca
Canadian Cities with Offices: Quebec City
Number of Lawyers in Benefits and/or Pensions Practice: 5
Key Members of Practice: Montréal - Tina Hobday, Geneviève Beaudin, Anne-Marie Hébert; Quebec City - Michel Jolin, François LeBel

LAVERY, DE BILLY
Josee Dumoulin & Francois Parent, Partners; 1 Place Ville Marie, Ste. 4000, Montreal, QC H3B 4M4
PH: 514-871-1522
Fax: 514-871-8977
eMail: jdumoulin@lavery.ca
Web: lavery.ca
Canadian Cities with Offices: Quebec City, Sherbrooke, Trois-Rivieres, Ottawa
Number of Lawyers in Benefits and/or Pensions Practice: 5
Key Members of Practice: Montreal - Josee Dumoulin, Guy Lemay, Catherine Maheu, Francois Parent, Evelyne Verrier
Benefits and/or Pensions Practice at Firm Since: 1975

LAWSON LUNDELL LLP
Ken Burns, Partner; 1600, 925 W. Georgia St., Vancouver, BC V6C 3L2
PH: 604-685-3456
Fax: 604-669-1620
eMail: kburns@lawsonlundell.com
Web: www.lawsonlundell.com
Canadian Cities with Offices: Calgary, Yellowknife
Number of Lawyers in Benefits and/or Pensions Practice: 7
Key Members of Practice: Vancouver - Murray Campbell, Ken Burns, Lisa Chamzuk; Calgary - Michael Wolpert
Benefits and/or Pensions Practice at Firm Since: 1992
Significant Pension and Benefit Actions in 2014: Assisting clients in developing solvency reserve accounts; drafting target benefit provisions; defending pension funds in complex litigation surrounding plan interpretation; developing pension governance and compliance solutions; assisting clients in executing buy-in and buy-out annuity purchases.

MCCARTHY TETRAULT LLP
Randy V. Bauslaugh, Partner; Ste. 5300, 66 Wellington St. W., Toronto, ON M5K 1E6
PH: 416-601-7695
Fax: 416-868-0673
eMail: rbauslaugh@mccarthy.ca
Web: www.mccarthy.ca
Canadian Cities with Offices: Quebec City, Montreal, Calgary, Vancouver
Number of Lawyers in Benefits and/or Pensions Practice: 8
Key Members of Practice: Toronto - Randy Bauslaugh, Greg Winfield, Lorraine Allard & Mark Firman; Vancouver - Donovan Plomp
Benefits and/or Pensions Practice at Firm For: 25 years
Significant Pension and Benefit Actions in 2014: Represented administrator of Canadian Nortel pension plans (Morneau Shepell) in worldwide bankruptcy proceedings; represented Desjardins Financial Group on $1.6 billion acquisition of State Farm; represented OMERS on acquisition of Bruce Power; successfully represented General Dynamics in application against General Motors in Gardner v. General Motors and General Dynamics pensions class action; successfully represented Maple Leaf Foods Inc., in completing 2007 plan merger application; advised Canadian and foreign governments on various pension legislation matters; advised Capgemeni Canada Inc. on pension structuring, administration, governance and investment, including negotiation of a fiduciary management arrangement with Goldman Sachs; advised employers on 2 employee life and health trusts; negotiated group life and health service agreements for a major North American oil and gas company and an international bank, each with significant Canadian operations.

MCINNES COOPER
Hugh Wright, Partner; 1300 - 1969 Upper Water St., Halifax, NS B2J 2V1
PH: 902-425-6500
Fax: 902-425-6350
eMail: hugh.wright@mcinnescooper.com
Web: www.mcinnescooper.com
Canadian Cities with Offices: Charlottetown, Fredericton, Moncton, Saint John, St. John's, Calgary
Number of Lawyers in Benefits and/or Pensions Practice: 10
Key Members of Practice: Halifax - Hugh Wright; Charlottetown - Kiersten Amos; Fredericton - Les Smith; Calgary - Peter Driscoll
Benefits and/or Pensions Practice at Firm Since: 1990

MCMILLAN LLP
David Wentzell, Partner; Ste. 4400, 181 Bay St., Toronto, ON M5J 2T3
PH: 416-865-7036
Fax: 416-865-7048
eMail: david.wentzell@mcmillan.ca
Web: www.mcmillan.ca
Canadian Cities with Offices: Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa, Montreal
Benefits and/or Pensions Practice at Firm Since: 1987

NEWTON HR LAW
Mark Newton, Founder; 8 Waterloo Ct., Thornhill, ON L3T 6L9
PH: 416-846-6855
eMail: mnewton@newtonhrlaw.com
Web: www.newtonhrlaw.com
Canadian Cities with Offices: Markham, Ottawa
Key Members of Practice: Toronto - Mark Newton
Benefits and/or Pensions Practice at Firm Since: 2014
Significant Pension and Benefit Actions in 2014: Leader of National Pensions & Benefits Practice at Heenan Blaikie (2006 - 2014)

NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT CANADA LLP
Martin Rochette, Senior Partner; 1 Place Ville-Marie, Ste. 2500, Montreal, QC H3B 1R1
PH: 514-847-4430
Fax: 514-286-5474
eMail: martin.rochette@nortonrosefulbright.com
Web: www.nortonrosefulbright.com/ca
Canadian Cities with Offices: Quebec, Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary
Number of Lawyers in Benefits and/or Pensions Practice: 3
Key Members of Practice: Quebec & Montreal - Martin Rochette
Benefits and/or Pensions Practice at Firm Since: 1991
Significant Pension and Benefit Actions in 2014: Assisting major employers with respect to solvency pension relief and pension de-risking measures

OSLER, HOSKIN & HARCOURT LLP
Paul Litner, Partner; Box 50, 1 First Canadian Place, Toronto, ON M5X 1B8
PH: 416-862-4730
Fax: 416-862-6666
eMail: plitner@osler.com
Web: www.osler.com
Canadian Cities with Offices: Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary
Number of Lawyers in Benefits and/or Pensions Practice: 232
Key Members of Practice: Toronto - Ian McSweeney, Paul Litner, Tony Devir, Doug Rienzo, Anna Zalewski, Jon Marin, Laura Stefan, Lesha Van Der Bij (Knowledge Management), Brenda Carson (Senior Document Consultant); Cross-appointed: Litigation - Brett Ledger, David Stamp, Chris Naudie, Alex Cobb, Craig Lockwood, Kevin O'Brien, Carey O'Connor; Tax - Jack Silverson, Dov Begun; Securities/Corporate Finance - John Black; Calgary - Cross-appointed: Labour & Employment - Damian Rigolo; Montreal - Michel Benoit, Julien Ranger-Musiol; Cross-appointed: Research - Anne-Marie Lizotte
Benefits and/or Pensions Practice at Firm Since: 1962
Significant Pension and Benefit Actions in 2014: Advising public and private sector employers and boards of trustees in relation to the introduction of 'shared risk plans' (SRP) in the province of New Brunswick; advising Tim Hortons with respect to all of the pensions and benefits issues that arose as a part of its agreement with Burger King Worldwide Inc. under which the two companies will create a new global powerhouse in the quick service restaurant sector, the world’s third largest quick service restaurant company; providing co-ordinated pensions, tax, and corporate advice with respect to Oxford's series of real estate transactions, including the acquisition of an interest in Quartier DIX 30, a destination shopping and lifestyle centre south of Montreal, QC.; advising Maple Leaf Foods Inc. in connection with the proposed disposition of its 90% interest in Canada Bread Company, Limited to Grupo Bimbo S.A.V. de C.V. of Mexico; providing pensions and benefits advice to Chemtrade in relation to its purchase of General Chemical; providing pensions and benefits advice to MEGA Brand in respect of its acquisition of Mattel representing defendant corporations in class actions related to post-retirement benefits, providing representation up to and including appeals before the Quebec Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada; representing a major consulting firm in its defense of professional negligence claims asserted in relation to services provided to a company that became insolvent; advising a major Canadian financial institution with respect to the restructuring of its domestic and international pension and benefits programs
2 - including cross appointments

PIERLOT PENSION LAW
James Pierlot, Principal; 2200 - 181 University Ave., Toronto, ON M5H 3M7
PH: 416-642-2046
Fax: 416-363-7875
eMail: james@pierlot.ca
Web: www.pierlot.ca
Key Members of Practice: James Pierlot
Benefits and/or Pensions Practice at Firm Since: 2011
Significant Pension and Benefit Actions in 2014: Past-Chair, Ontario Bar Association, Pension & Benefits Section; Member, Executive Committee, Canadian Bar Association Pension & Benefits Committee; Speaker, 2014 Interprovincial Pension Conference of Public Sector Plans Speaker, Law Society of Upper Canada Conference - Understanding Pensions in Family Law; BNN TV Interview - This Week on Money Talk

PITBLADO LAW
J.R.A. (Judy) Payne, Partner; 2500 - 360 Main St., Winnipeg, MB R3C 4H6
PH: 204-956-0560
Fax: 204-957-0227
eMail: payne@pitblado.com
Web: www.pitblado.com/
Canadian Cities with Offices: Arborg
Number of Lawyers in Benefits and/or Pensions Practice: 2
Key Members of Practice: Winnipeg - Pensions and Benefits: J.R.A. (Judy) Payne, Rodney E. Shannon; Benefits: Tracey L. Epp, William S. Gardner, Candace Grammond, Benjamin R. Hecht, Matthew T. Duffy
Benefits and/or Pensions Practice at Firm Since: 1988
Significant Pension and Benefit Actions in 2014: Pension - Review DB and DC Plans for Legislative Compliance; preparation of CAPSA compliant governance documentation; reviews of MUPPs and their eligibility, and winding up issues; consultations with plan members regarding administrator negligence claims Benefits - Eligibility issues, LTD disputes for both members and insurers

PRISCILLA H. HEALY
Priscilla Healy, Lawyer; Box 15535, Royal York Bloor PO, Etobicoke, ON M8X 1C0
PH: 416-231-2134
Fax: 416-231-2134
eMail: phealy@pensionlegalhelp.ca
Web: pensionlegalhelp.ca

STEWART MCKELVEY
Peter McLellan, Partner; 900 - 1959 Upper Water St., Box 997, Halifax, NS B3J 2X2
PH: 902-420-3200
Fax: 902-420-1417
eMail: pmclellan@stewartmckelvey.com
Web: www.stewartmckelvey.com
Canadian Cities with Offices: Fredericton, Moncton, Saint John, Charlottetown, St. John's
Number of Lawyers in Benefits and/or Pensions Practice: 10
Key Members of Practice: Halifax - Peter McLellan, Level Chan; Saint John - Paul Smith
Benefits and/or Pensions Practice at Firm Since: 1990
Significant Pension and Benefit Actions in 2014: Advice on the conversion of defined benefit pension plans to shared risk or target benefit plans in the private and public sectors; advice on defined benefit pension plan 'freezes' for employers in the resource and manufacturing sectors; advice on labour, employment, pension and benefits matters in mergers and acquisitions, including in the entertainment and manufacturing sectors; conversion of health association pension plan to joint sponsorship Collective Bargaining - strategic advice for four large private sector defined benefit pension plans; school board arbitration respecting ability of employer to increase contributions; arbitration respecting benefit changes made in collective bargaining; advice and defence of class action on changes to retiree benefits in the education sector; advice on plan investments and negotiation of investment management agreements and other agreements with third-party service providers

STIKEMAN ELLIOTT LLP
Andrea Boctor, Partner, Head of the National Pensions & Benefits Practice Group; Ste. 5300, Commerce Court W., 199 Bay St., Toronto, ON M5L 1B9
PH: 416-869-5500
Fax: 416-947-0866
eMail: aboctor@stikeman.com
Web: www.stikeman.com
Canadian Cities with Offices: Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary, Vancouver
Number of Lawyers in Benefits and/or Pensions Practice: 3
Key Members of Practice: Toronto - Andrea Boctor; Montreal - Michel Legendre
Benefits and/or Pensions Practice at Firm Since: 1987
Significant Pension and Benefit Actions in 2014: Counsel for the monitor in Re: Indalex; counsel to Essar Steel Algoma Inc. in its successful request to receive special funding relief from the province of Ontario

TORYS LLP
Mitch Frazer, Partner, Head of Pensions & Employment Group; 3000-79 Wellington St. W., Toronto, ON M5K 1N2
PH: 416-865-8220
Fax: 416-865-7380
eMail: mfrazer@torys.com
Web: www.torys.com
Canadian Cities with Offices: Calgary, Montreal
Number of Lawyers in Benefits and/or Pensions Practice: 16
Key Members of Practice: Toronto: Mitch Frazer; Susan Nickerson
Benefits and/or Pensions Practice at Firm Since: 1987

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