Elizabeth M. Brown

Elizabeth is a senior lawyer at BMKP Law practicing in the areas of pension, benefits and executive compensation law. She advises public and private sector employers on a wide range of regulatory governance, compliance and administration matters relating to pension and employee benefits plans.

Elizabeth appears as counsel on pension litigation disputes and has extensive experience advising on large corporate transactions, including insolvencies, mergers and acquisitions, and reorganizations. She provides ongoing advice to provincially and federally regulated plan sponsors and administrators on jointly sponsored pension plans, defined benefit and defined contribution plans, and savings and profit sharing plans.

The Ontario Bar Association honoured Elizabeth with the 2017 Award of Excellence in Pensions and Benefits Law.

Representative Work

In 2021, Elizabeth was appointed by the Province of Nova Scotia as one of three pension experts serving on a panel that will assess and make recommendations on improving the funding of the Nova Scotia Teachers Pension Plan.

In 2018, advised the employer sponsor of a public sector jointly sponsored pension plan on the creation of a new benefit option under the plan for the not-for-profit sector.

In 2018, represented a foreign parent corporation in defending two proposed Newfoundland and Labrador class actions seeking damages in relation to pension and benefits claims related to insolvent Canadian subsidiaries.

Advised several employers in their ongoing negotiations for the conversion of their existing defined benefit and hybrid registered pension plans to a multi-employer jointly sponsored pension plan, involving multiple unions and other interested stakeholders.

Successfully defended large defined benefit pension plan administrators in applications before the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal and the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal.

Elizabeth Brown acted as lead pension and benefits counsel to a large steel manufacturer in Companies Creditors’ Arrangement Act proceedings.

Awards & Accolades

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  • Ontario Bar Association Award of Excellence in Pension and Benefits Law (2017)
  • "Lawyer of the Year" in Employee Benefits Law in Toronto, The Best Lawyers in Canada (2022)
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada (2014-2022)
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2007-2022)
  • Chambers Canada (2016-2022)
  • Legal 500 Canada (2015-2022)
  • Who’s Who Legal: Canada (2012-2021)
  • Who’s Who Legal: Labour, Employment & Benefits (2019-2022)

Associations & Memberships

  • American Bar Association | CBA Liaison Member | Continuing Legal Education Division | Joint Committee on Employee Benefits (2016 – 2018)
  • Canadian Bar Association | Executive Member, Pension and Benefits Law Section | Past Chair (2018-2019), Chair (2017-2018), Vice-Chair (2016-2017), Treasurer (2015-2016), Secretary (2014-2015), Executive Member (2011-2014)
  • Ontario Bar Association | Member, Pension and Benefits Law Section
  • Marshall Stakeholder Reference Group | Employer Counsel Representative | Appointed by the Ontario Minister of Finance (2016-2017)
  • American Bar Association | Member
  • International Pension and Employee Benefits Lawyers Association (IPEBLA) | Member
  • Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario, Pension Sector Technical Advisory Committee for Supervision of Pension Benefits Guarantee Fund-Eligible Pension Plans | Member
  • Institute of Corporate Directors | Member


  • Institute of Corporate Directors, Directors Education Program (2019-2020)
  • York University, LL.B.
  • Queen’s University, B.Mus.
  • University of Leicester, LL.M.

Publications & Presentations

  • Sidebar: Moving Beyond the Pandemic: Pension and Benefit Highlights from the 2022 Federal Budget, April 13, 2022
  • “Dayco Twenty-Five Years On and Its Impact on Retiree Benefits”, Ontario Bar Association and Canadian Bar Association, Pension and Benefits Law with Labour and Employment Law Sections Joint Presentation, March 26, 2019
  • “Pensions and the Bargaining Table: Consolidation, Conversion and Communication”, 2018 Lancaster House Pensions Conference, November 28 – 29, 2018
  • “Consolidation of the University Sector Pension Plans in Ontario – A Case Study”, Northwind Professional Institute, November 7–9, 2018
  • Supplementary Pension Plans, CBA/ABA/IPEBLA Global Pension and Employee Benefits Lawyers Conference, June 10-12, 2018
  • A Pensioners' Bill of Rights? Examining the role of plan members in pension governance, Lancaster House, Toronto Pensions Conference, Panelist, November 28, 2017
  • “Hot Topics, Current Trends and Big Ideas”, Panel at the CBA National Insolvency Conference, September 14-15, 2017
  • “Women in the Workplace”, Queen's Female Leadership in Politics Conference, Kingston, ON (January 14, 2017)
  • “Common Pension Plan Compliance Issues”, Ontario Bar Association’s Institute, Govern Yourself Accordingly: The Latest Developments in Pension Plan Governance (February 2, 2016)
  • “Discrimination Issues & Benefits”, 15th International IPEBLA Conference, Brussels (May 17-20, 2015)
  • “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)
  • Benefits Without Borders, Global Pension and Employee Benefits Lawyers Conference, Global Pension and Employee Benefits Lawyers Conference, Chicago, Co-Chair (June 24, 2014)