Andrea Boctor is a partner practising in the Toronto office of Stikeman Elliott. She is head of the firm's National Pensions and Benefits Group and Co-Chair of the Toronto office's Community Involvement and Pro Bono Committee. Ms. Boctor advises clients in all areas of the firm's pensions and benefits practice. Areas of particular emphasis include pension issues in the context of mergers and acquisitions and bankruptcy and insolvency. Ms. Boctor also advises clients with respect to a full range of pension investment and administration issues, and the pension issues that arise in the context of lending arrangements. In addition, Ms. Boctor advises clients on executive compensation matters including the taxation of stock and non-stock based compensation, supplemental pension and retirement compensation arrangements, and bonus arrangements.
Ms. Boctor is recognized in Chambers Global 2016 and Chambers Canada 2017 as a leading lawyer in Pensions & Benefits, with clients noting that she is "very practical, knows the law well and comes at it with a business-minded approach," and "she provides excellent service - she really understands our needs and is very adaptable." She is also recognized by the 2016 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory in the area of Pensions & Employee Benefits - Employer and Best Lawyers in Canada 2017 in Employee Benefits Law. Andrea received the 2016 Lexpert Rising Star award which recognizes outstanding Canadian lawyers under the age of 40 whose achievements and leadership have set them apart in the profession.
Ms. Boctor is the editor of Pension Benefits Law in Ontario (annotated Ontario Pension Benefits Act), and Canadian Cases on Pensions and Benefits (case law reporter) and has written and spoken extensively on pensions-related issues. She also contributes to the firm's Employment and Pension Law blog, CanadianEmploymentPensionLaw.com, and has been a guest lecturer on pension issues at the University of Toronto and Osgoode Hall Law Schools. Ms. Boctor is appointed to the Legal Advisory Committee of the Financial Services Tribunal. She is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, Ontario Bar Association, Law Society of Upper Canada, Association of Canadian Pension Management, and International Pension & Employee Benefits Lawyers Association, and is a past Chair of the Ontario Bar Association's Pensions and Benefits Section executive.
Queen's University (LL.B. 2002), Queen's University (B.Comm. 1999).