Susan Nickerson > Torys > Toronto, Canada > Lawyer Profile


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An accomplished lawyer in pension and benefits law, and a thought leader in her field, Susan has extensive experience and a broad, strategic approach to supporting clients’ needs across the spectrum of pension matters.

Susan’s practice encompasses all areas of pension and benefits law and governance. She advises clients on issues ranging from fiduciary duties and risk management, plan conversion and funding, to implementation of new plan designs. She also provides advice on the pension and benefit plan implications of corporate transactions, restructurings and insolvencies. With highly nuanced understanding of pension plan governance, Susan supports clients in developing and implementing efficient pension plan governance structures and systems.

Susan is a thought leader in pension matters; she is at the forefront of the latest developments and issues affecting pension clients across Canada. Susan regularly drafts advocacy papers on emerging pension issues and provides consulting with lawmakers across Canada on areas of pension reform and guidance. She has assisted in the drafting of many other published Association of Canadian Pension Management (ACPM) Papers, including on tax reform, target benefit plan design and implementation, funding reform, annuity discharges for pension administrators, enhancing the Canada Pension Plan, as well as many other submissions to government.


Nova Scotia Bar, 2018
Ontario Bar, 1998


An active member of the pension community, Susan is a frequent speaker and moderator on emerging industry issues and has a particular interest in policy development on a provincial and national level. She is the current Chair of the Board of Directors of the ACPM and the Past Chair of ACPM’s National Policy Committee. Susan was the first recipient of the Don Ireland Award from the ACPM in recognition of outstanding volunteerism in the field of pensions and benefits law and governance.

Susan is also active in the McGill Alumni Association, having served as a board member and the President of the McGill Alumni Association of Toronto.

Lawyer Rankings

Canada > Pensions

(Leading individuals)

Susan NickersonTorys

Torys has a standout reputation advising clients on pension plan investments in Canada, with its team being highlighted for its ‘strong substantive knowledge and practical advice.’ The group advises major pension funds on both domestic and international investments, and it also provides complex strategic structuring advice. Mitch Frazer, who chairs the firm’s pensions and employment department, has a broad practice covering all aspects of pensions work. Desribed by a client as ‘fantastic to work with‘, Susan Nickerson is a leading figure in the national market, and is regularly sought out by governments and policy makers for advice on emerging pension rules and regulations. Scott Bell acts for clients such as CPP Investments, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board and Omers. Associate Tom Stevenson is another notable contact.