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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.


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


  • English

Bar Admissions

  • Alberta, 2006
  • British Columbia, 1998
  • Northwest Territories, 2000


  • Association of Canadian Pension Management - Board of Directors - Member
  • Canadian Pension and Benefits Institute - Past British Columbia Council Member
  • International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans - Current Canadian Legal/Legislative and Public Sector Committee Member

Lawson Lundell LLP
Headquarters: Vancouver, British Columbia

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Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Employee Benefits Law, Vancouver, Canada (2023)
  • Employee Benefits Law, Vancouver, Canada (2019)
  • Employee Benefits Law, Vancouver, Canada (2017)
  • Employee Benefits Law, Vancouver, Canada (2014)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2023 for work in:

  • Employee Benefits Law


  • Best Lawyers: Employee Benefits Law Lawyer of the Year in Vancouver for 2017
  • 2016 Premier Awards: Premier Award for Collaboration
  • Chambers Canada: recognized in the Pensions & Benefits (Canada) category
  • Best Lawyers in Canada: recognized for Employee Benefits law
  • 2014 Best Lawyers in Canada: Employee Benefits Law Lawyer of the Year 2014 for Vancouver
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2016: most frequently recommended as a Leading Practitioner for Pensions & Employee Benefits (Employer)
  • Chambers Global: recognized in the Pensions & Benefits (Canada) category
  • Martindale-Hubbell International Law Directory: AV Peer Review rated


  • 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

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