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Susan G. Seller

Partner, Co-Head Employment Services

Pension and Employee Benefits Lawyer at Bennett Jones Toronto

T: 416.777.5638

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.

Select Experience

  • Canadian Natural Resources Limited in connection with completing C$12.74-billion acquisition of a 70 percent working interest in the Athabasca Oil Sands Project and other oil sands assets. Read more
  • 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

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Recent Recognitions

  • 2017, Chambers Canada

    Susan G. Seller, ranked, Pensions & Benefits
  • 2017, The Legal 500 Canada

    Susan G. Seller, recommended, Labour and Employment
  • LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell

    Susan G. Seller, received a BV Distinguished Peer Review Rating

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