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Can’t wait for the Live Session in 2021?

Complete the Certificate on your own time, with recordings from the Spring 2020 offering.

We know that you are busy and can’t always commit to our live programs. So we have taken our live program and made it available on demand. Get access to the complete Spring 2020 Certificate, reformatted into six (6) easy to access online modules, with downloadable and searchable materials.

Learn at your own pace, and take advantage of live online sessions with faculty where you can get answers to pressing questions and connect with other professionals.

You will get a comprehensive grounding in all major areas of pension law and practice. Taught by acknowledged experts in the field, you will complete the program with the practical knowledge and skills you need in your day-to-day work. Six (6) online modules, will focus on critical concepts, including:

  • Governance and risk management issues
  • Pension funding requirements and investment principles
  • Pension reform across Canada: the new regimes and their implications
  • Problems with handling plans during mergers, acquisitions and takeovers
  • Assets and Liabilities: Pension plan funding and investment
  • Taxation of pension plans and retirement savings plans
  • Defined Contribution Plans: the CAP guidelines and CAPSA DC plans guidelines
  • Labour law issues in pensions: management and union perspectives
  • Pension issues in insolvencies and restructurings
  • Pension plan governance and managing Board risk
  • Due diligence and corporate transactions


Program Director

  • Kim Ozubko, Miller Thomson LLP
  • Jeff Sommers, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP


  • Randy Bauslaugh, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
  • Susan Bird, CEBS, Fellow ISCEBS, ICD.D, Past Chair, World Pension Alliance & President, The McAteer Group of Companies
  • Andrea Boctor, Stikeman Elliott LLP
  • Elizabeth Boyd, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
  • Jessica Bullock, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP
  • Natalie Bussière, Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP
  • Karen DeBortoli, B.A., LL.B., Director, Knowledge Research Centre, Buck
  • Level Chan, Stewart McKelvey
  • John D.R. Craig, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
  • Scott Cushing, Principal, Mercer
  • Mark Firman, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP
  • Clio Godkewitsch, Goldblatt Partners LLP
  • James Fera, Manager Legal Affairs, CAAT Pension Plan
  • Elana Hagi, FSA, FCIA Principal, Mercer
  • Reesha Hosein, Counsel, Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario
  • Stephanie J. Kalinowski, Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP
  • Terra Klinck, Brown Mills Klinck Prezioso
  • Hrvoje Lakota, FSA, CFA, FCIA, Partner, Mercer Global Investments Canada Limited
  • Mariana MacIntosh, Director & Associate General Counsel, Pension Administration, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan
  • Jonathan Marin, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
  • Sean Maxwell, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
  • Tejash (TJ) Modi, B.A., J.D., M.B.A., Principal & Chair, Governance, Legal and Compliance Consulting Practice, Morneau Shepell Ltd.
  • Susan Nickerson, Torys LLP
  • John Prezioso, Brown Mills Klinck Prezioso LLP
  • Idan Shlesinger, Executive Vice President and President, Retirement Solutions, Morneau Shepell Ltd.
  • Susan G. Seller, Bennett Jones LLP
  • Scott Sweatman, Dentons Canada LLP
  • Susan Ursel, Ursel Phillips Fellows Hopkins LLP
  • Deron P. Waldock, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
  • Mark Zigler, Koskie Minsky LLP


Fees include attendance and program materials.

Program Changes

We will make every effort to present the certificate program as advertised, but it may be necessary to change the dates, location, speakers or content with little or no notice. In the event of program cancellation, York University and Osgoode Hall Law School’s liability is limited to reimbursement of paid fees.

Cancellations and Substitutions

Substitution of registrants is permitted at any time. If you are unable to find a substitute, a full refund is available if a cancellation request is received in writing 21 days prior to the program date. If a cancellation request is made with less than 21 days notice, a $150 administration fee will apply. No other refund is available.

Technical Support

In the event you experience technical difficulties, please contact opdsupport@osgoode.yorku.ca for assistance.


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Program Details

Questions on program registration?
Please contact the Registration Team at osgoodepd@osgoode.yorku.ca

Questions on the program content?
Please contact the Program Lawyer:
Alison Hurst at ahurst@osgoode.yorku.ca

Program Details

Date & Time

Open, rolling enrollment

Access will open October 5th until January 31st, 2021



Fee per Delegate


Government rate: $3,495

Newly Licensed Rate (2017-Present): $1,997.50

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Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • Pension professionals including plan administrators and managers
  • Pension lawyers in private practice
  • In-house counsel
  • HR professionals who work with pensions
  • Provincial and Federal pension regulators

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