Kenneth E. Burns - Lawson Lundell LLP

Kenneth E. Burns

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2010

Ken practices exclusively in the firm’s pensions and employee benefits law practice group. He advises pension and benefit plan sponsors on a range of legal and regulatory issues affecting their plans. He advises on pension plan governance and compliance monitoring projects, regulatory applications and the handling of pension disputes. He works with managers in the drafting and maintenance of pension documents, including plan texts, trust declarations, statements of investment policies, as well as investment manager and other service provider contracts. Ken is frequently involved in assisting parties in mergers and acquisitions on the pension and benefits issues arising in the course of planning and executing their transactions.

Univeresity of Western OntarioBA 1990McGill UniversityMBA 1994Univeresity of Western OntarioLL.B 1997
International Foundation of Employee Benefit PlansCanadian Pension and Benefits Institute


Acting for the board of a public sector multi-employer pension plan in negotiations with government over changes to legislation governing the plan
• Acting for a mining company in the design and set up of new pension and benefit plans prior to the opening of operations in northern Canada
• Structuring and advising on a client company's pension committee, and providing professional oversight for several of the company's pension plans
• Setting up pension governance and legislative compliance monitoring systems for various clients
• Representing a multi-employer pension board in litigation to recover withdrawal liability obligations of a former participating employer
• Assisting a forest products company in negotiating the pension and benefits disclosure requirements in a complex lending agreement
• Negotiating pension and benefit terms in corporate mergers and acquisitions on behalf of numerous large and small clients
• Drafting submissions to pension regulators on behalf of numerous clients
• Advising on and setting up letters of credit to secure supplemental pension plans for various employers
• Setting up retirement compensation arrangements for employers in the forest, mining and retail industries
• Advising a US airline and a US mining company on ways to best mirror 401(k) plans for employees in Canada
• Drafting an opinion to a forestry company on best practices in winding down a pension plan
• Helping a Canadian multi-national company establish a savings plan for expatriate employees
• Drafting template custodial documents for a trust company
• Negotiating funding relief for a plan sponsor with the federal pension regulator
• Assisting an energy company in selecting and moving its pension fund to a new pension fund holder
• Assisting a consortium of pension funds on joint investments in private equity funds
• Drafting statements of investment policies and procedures for an insurance company's defined contribution plan
• Advising a US head office on the oversight of its Canadian subsidiary's pension obligations
• Drafting and amending pension trust agreements for various employers and multi-employer plan boards of trustees
• Advising a mining company on the implementation of phased retirement provisions in its pension plan

Office Location

Cathedral Place, Suite 1600
925 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 3L2

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Employee Benefits Law of the Vancouver Metro Area2014 Lawyer of the Year in Employee Benefits Law of the Vancouver Metro Area
Kenneth E. Burns has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!Kenneth E. Burns has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!

Practice Areas

Employee Benefits Law

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