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As active and involved members of the legal community, BMKP lawyers publish and present on a wide spectrum of pension, benefits and executive compensation matters.

Sidebar: Ontario Pension Benefits Act Amended to Provide a Discharge for Buy-out Annuity Purchases Effective July 1, 2018

June 20, 2018

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Pensions 101 for Employment Lawyers - Waterloo Region Law Association

June 15, 2018

Supplementary Pension Plans - CBA/ABA/IPEBLA Global Pension and Employee Benefits Lawyers Conference (June 10-12, 2018)

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Marijuana in the Workplace - CBA/ABA/IPEBLA Global Pension and Employee Benefits Lawyers Conference (June 10-12, 2018)

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Sidebar: Reduced Solvency Funding and PfADs Change the Ontario DB Funding Landscape

April 24, 2018

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Family Matters – Challenges for Today’s Plan Administrator - Canadian Pension & Benefits Institute Ontario Pension Signature Series

April 19, 2018

Sidebar: Pension and Benefit Highlights of the 2018 Ontario Budget

March 29, 2018

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Globalization of Annuity Markets - The Canadian and US Markets

The 16th Annual Bulk Annuities Conference (April 25-26, 2018)

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Alberta Court Holds Provincial Pension Plan Administrator Liable for Negligent Misrepresentation

Canadian Bar Association Newsletter (February 22, 2018)

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Sidebar: Missing Members, Present Obligations

January 15, 2018

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Cross Border Pension Governance Audits

American Bar Association-Canadian Bar Association Joint Committee on Employee Benefits Webinar (December 14, 2017)

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Pension Plan Governance: Cybersecurity Governance and Member Communications, Ontario Bar Association

November 28, 2017

Plan Governance: Cybersecurity Governance and Member Communication

Ontario Bar Association, Panelist (November 28, 2017)

A Pensioners' Bill of Rights? Examining the role of plan members in pension governance

Lancaster House, Toronto Pensions Conference, Panelist (November 28, 2017)

Sidebar: Welcome Amendments to the Ontario Pension Benefits Act Contained in Stronger, Fairer Ontario Act (Budget Measures), 2017

November 21, 2017

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Advancing Retirement Readiness for Canadians

Panel at the Franklin Templeton Investments 2017 Retirement Innovation Summit (November 8, 2017)

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Legal Aspects of Benefit Plan Design and Administration

Desjardins Insurance Continuing Education Day (November 1, 2017)

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Sidebar: AMPed up Pension Enforcement Coming to Ontario

October 5, 2017

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“Hot Topics, Current Trends and Big Ideas”

panel at the CBA National Insolvency Conference (September 14-15, 2017)

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“Women in the Workplace”

Queens Female Leadership in Politics Conference, Kingston, ON (January 14, 2017)

“Benefit Plans: Current Legal Issues Facing Canadian Employers”

Desjardins General Insurance Group Conference (November 2, 2016)

“Résumé jurisprudential: General Motors of Canada Limited v. Ontario (Superintendent Financial Services), 2015 ONFST 39"

Canadian Bar Association E-News, Co-author (August 17, 2016)

“Considerations when Purchasing Annuities”

The Savvy Pension Lawyer: Show Me the Money! Issues and Practical Considerations in Pension Finance – Ontario Bar Association, Co- presenter (May 2016)

“Common Pension Plan Compliance Issues”

Ontario Bar Association’s Institute, Govern Yourself Accordingly: The Latest Developments in Pension Plan Governance (February 2, 2016)

“Ontario Retirement Pension Plan Update & Next Steps for Ontario Employers”

PIAC Communiqué, Volume 25, Number 2 (Spring 2016)

“ESG: Coming Soon to a SIP&P Near You”

CPBI Ontario Regional Conference (October 28, 2015)

“Pension Loss during the Notice Period – The statutory and common law frameworks for pursuing pension loss”

County of Carleton Law Association Six Minute Employment Lawyer, Ottawa (October 1, 2015)

“Discrimination Issues & Benefits”

15th International IPEBLA Conference, Brussels (May 17-20, 2015)

“Tribunal upholds decision to refuse registration of pension plan amendment”

Canadian Bar Association E-News, Co-authored with Terra L. Klinck (March 2015)

“E-Pensions 101: Advising Plan Administrators on Member Communication”

Ontario Bar Association’s Institute 2015, Advance Strategic Planning: Providing Pension & Benefits Advice in 2015 (February 5, 2015)

“Skin in the Game (How to Design an Incentive Compensation Program and Avoid a Lawsuit)”

Benefits Canada 48 (December 2014)

“NCR Canada Ltd. v. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 213”

Canadian Bar Association E-News, Co-author (November 2014)

“The Post-Indalex Era – What the Insolvency Practitioner Needs to Know”

Canadian Bar Association 10th Annual Pan-Canadian Insolvency and Restructuring Law Conference, Quebec (October 23-24, 2014)

12th Taxation of Executive Compensation and Retirement Course

Co-Chair, Federated Press (September 16, 2014)

“The Future of Workplace Pensions”

Benefits Canada Newsletter, Co-author (August 6, 2014)

Benefits Without Borders, Global Pension and Employee Benefits Lawyers Conference

Global Pension and Employee Benefits Lawyers Conference, Chicago, Co-Chair (June 24, 2014)

“Focus on Canada’s Retirement Income System”

Canadian Bar Association/American Bar Association – Benefits Without Borders – Global Pension and Employee Benefits Lawyers Conference (June 24, 2014)

“Pension Law in Canada: Where Has It Been, And Where Is It Headed?”

Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace, Toronto (May 23, 2014)

“A Roadmap from DB to DC Pension Benefits: How to Avoid the Legal Road Bumps”

CPBI National Webinar Series (December 5, 2013)

“Ontario Court Finds GM Benefits Plan Language Did Not Allow Reduction of Benefits After Non-Executives’ Retirement”

American Bar Association International Labor and Employment Law Committee Newsletter (August 2013)

“Diary of a Pension & Benefits Practitioner”

CPBI Ottawa Chapter Spring Seminar, Ottawa (April 16, 2013)

“Pensions without Borders”

OBA Institute 2013 Pension & Benefits Law Program, Co-Chair (February 7, 2013)

“Public Pensions”

Canadian Encyclopedic Digest (2012-2015)

“Defined Contribution Plan Issues – Lessons from the U.S. Experience”

2011 CPBI Ontario Regional Conference, Ottawa (October 19-21, 2011)

“Key issues involving health spending accounts, eligibility restrictions, insurance carrier changes, adjustable drug formularies and arbitration of benefit claims”

Lancaster House Audio Conference: Insured Benefits (May 19, 2011 )

“The Family Law Amendment Act and Plan Administration Challenges”

OBA Institute 2011 – Pensions and Benefits: Navigating Through a Sea of Change, Toronto (February 3, 2011)

“Liability and the Fiduciary”

17th Essential Skills for Pension Committee Members, Federated Press (November 2010)

Publications & Presentations

Sidebar: Ontario Pension Benefits Act Amended to Provide a Discharge for Buy-out Annuity Purchases Effective July 1, 2018

June 20, 2018

Pensions 101 for Employment Lawyers - Waterloo Region Law Association

June 15, 2018

Supplementary Pension Plans - CBA/ABA/IPEBLA Global Pension and Employee Benefits Lawyers Conference (June 10-12, 2018)

June 11, 2018

Marijuana in the Workplace - CBA/ABA/IPEBLA Global Pension and Employee Benefits Lawyers Conference (June 10-12, 2018)

June 11, 2018

Sidebar: Reduced Solvency Funding and PfADs Change the Ontario DB Funding Landscape

April 24, 2018