Susan G. Seller leads
the firm's national pension and benefits practice and is co-head of the
Employment Services Practice Group. She advises corporations and other
organizations on issues relating to plan governance, administration and
compliance, pension fund investment and fiduciary duties. She also advises on
pension and benefit issues arising in corporate reorganizations, mergers,
acquisitions and divestitures, as well as insolvencies and restructurings.
She also assists with executive compensation matters, incentive and
stock-based compensation and supplementary retirement plans, and advises
clients on a full range of benefit issues arising in the general employment
law and unionized context.
Susan has represented both public and private
companies and other organizations on a wide variety of pension matters,
including regulatory proceedings, pension asset transfers and surplus
payments. Prior to joining Bennett Jones, she was a partner at the Toronto
office of an international law firm and was also previously with a major
Canadian consulting firm. She also regularly counsels pension committees and
boards with respect to pension governance matters.
In addition to her
practice, Susan regularly writes and speaks on pension and employee benefit
topics, and is the author of the Halsbury's Laws of
Canada volume on pensions released in 2015, the Ontario Pension Law Handbook, Second
edition (2006), and the former consulting editor of Federal & Ontario Pension
Legislation. She formerly served on the teaching faculty of The Directors
College on pension governance issues. In addition, she has completed her
part-time LL.M. (Labour and Employment) at Osgoode Hall Law School.
Susan has been a member of the Executive of the Canadian Bar Association's
National Pension and Benefits Law Section, and was actively involved in
submissions on legislative reform in the pension area. Her other professional
memberships include the Association of Canadian Pension Management, the
Pension and Benefits Section of the Ontario Bar Association and the Canadian
Pension & Benefits Institute.
Susan has been recognized by Chambers Canada as one of the leading pensions lawyers in Canada.
- Cenovus Energy, in connection with its acquisition of ConocoPhillips’ Deep Basin conventional assets in Alberta and British Columbia and 50% interest in the FCCL Partnership Read more
- Northern Transportation Company Ltd. – counsel for the CCAA debtors
- Stantec Inc. in connection with its $1.25 billion credit facilities to finance, in part, the successful acquisition of MWH Global, Inc. for approximately US$793 million. Read more
2017, Chambers Canada
Susan G. Seller, ranked, Pensions & Benefits
2017, The Legal 500 Canada
Susan G. Seller, recommended, Labour and Employment
Susan G. Seller, received a BV Distinguished Peer Review Rating
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