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Pensions, Benefits and Executive Compensation




Since 1990, Scott’s expertise has included pensions, benefits, executive compensationand related tax law. Scott helps clients establish and sustain pension, benefit and deferred compensation plans, providing counsel on regulatory compliance, pension, governance and funding issues, as well as the impact of mergers and acquisitions on these plans. From a tax perspective, he works with clients to develop executive and deferred compensation plans, and advise them on issues around stock options, retiring allowances, profit sharing and corporate reorganizations.

Scott also assists national and multi-national clients, as well as multi-employer plan sponsors, with provincial, federal and Income Tax Act compliance. For over fifteen years, he worked as a senior consultant with two major multi-national actuarial and accounting firms. With this experience, he is uniquely positioned to provide strategic legal consulting advice in tandem with professionals from the actuarial and accounting professions.

Scott is the past Co-Chair of the Alberta-British Columbia Joint Expert Panel on Pension Standards, working with five of Alberta and B.C’s leading experts in pensions to review pension legislation in the two provinces and make recommendations to both governments for fundamental reforms to pension legislation.  He is past national and regional chair of the Canadian Pension & Benefits Institute, past chair of the Pension, Benefits and Compensation Section of the Canadian Bar Association (British Columbia), past chair of the Corporate Counsel Section of the Canadian Bar Association (British Columbia), former member of the Pension Advisory Council to the British Columbia Government, and former member of the Trustee Act Modernization Committee of British Columbia.

Scott also serves on the Board of Directors of NAV Canada, Canada’s national private sector civil navigation services provider which has pension plan assets in excess of $5 billion. He is a current member and also past chair of NAV’s Pension Committee and a member of their Corporate Governance Committee.

Scott is recognized in the 2011-2020 editions of The Best Lawyers in Canada in the area of Employee Benefits Law. He is also recognized by Chambers Global (2013-2017) and Chambers Canada (2016-2020) as a leading lawyer in the area of Pensions & Benefits. Scott is consistently recommended by the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Pensions and Employee Benefits. He has been practising law since 1987.




  • Association of Canadian Pension Management
  • The Canadian Bar Association
  • The Canadian Pension & Benefits Institute
  • International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
  • International Pension & Employee Benefits Lawyers Association
  • Institute of Corporate Directors
  • The Law Society of British Columbia
  • NAV Canada Board of Directors and past Chair of NAV Canada’s Pension Committee


University of Victoria, 1986, LLB

University of Winnipeg, BA (Honours)

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Canada > Pensions

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