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Murray Campbell

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Murray is a pension lawyer who acts for boards of trustees and other sponsors of pension and benefit plans in the private and public sectors in British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Alberta. While Murray is a solicitor, he is regularly involved in pension and benefit litigation.

Murray is the head of Western Canada’s largest and most experienced Pensions and Benefits Law Group.

Recognition and Ranking

  • Chambers Canada 2017: recognized in the Pensions & Benefits (Canada) category
  • 2017 Best Lawyers in Canada: recognized for Employee Benefits law
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2016: most frequently recommended as a Leading Practitioner for Pensions and Employee Benefits (Employer)
  • Chambers Global 2016: recognized in the Pensions & Benefits (Canada) category
  • Legal 500 Canada: recognized as the Leading lawyer in the Labour and Employment category
  • Martindale-Hubbell International Law Directory: AV Peer Review rated
  • Lexpert Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada: recognized for Pensions and Employee Benefits law
  • Best Lawyers: Employee Benefits Law Lawyer of the Year in Vancouver for 2013
  • Best Lawyers: Employee Benefits Law Lawyer of the Year in Vancouver for 2011

Professional Activities

  • Canadian Bar Insurance Association, Board of Directors
  • Pension and Benefits Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association (B.C. Branch) (1993 – 1995) and (2008 – 2010), Chair
  • International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, Member
  • International Pension and Employee Benefits Lawyers Association (IPEBLA), Member
  • Canadian Pension and Benefits Institute, Member

Community Activities

  • Forest Hills Little League (North Vancouver), Coach (2004 – 2012)
  • Lawyers Assistance Program of BC Society, Board Member (2001 – 2007)

Bar Admissions

  • Alberta (1985)
  • British Columbia (1990)

Education

  • University of Saskatchewan (B.Comm., 1983)
  • Osgoode Hall Law School (LL.B., 1984)

Pension and Benefit Litigation Experience

Involved in disputes over or involving:

  • Reduction in post-retirement benefits
  • Trustee deadlock resolution
  • Integration of registered pensions plans with Canada Pension Plan
  • Conversion of defined benefit pension plans to defined contribution pension plans
  • Collection of Exit Levies from employers leaving health and welfare trusts
  • Enhanced early retirement entitlement
  • Entitlement to pre-retirement death benefit
  • Recovery of benefit overpayments, including recovery on account of recovery from third party
  • Disability benefit denial
  • Trustee advice and direction
  • Surplus ownership
  • Contribution holidays

Pension and Benefits Practice (Non-Litigious)

  • Advises over 30 boards of trustees of multi-employer pension or benefit plans
  • Helped introduce Saskatchewan's first target benefit pension plan
  • Chaired Union Management Task Force constituted to determine future pension arrangements for a large public sector employer – implemented unanimous report accepted by all parties
  • Conducted review of governance structure of staff pension plan of significant public sector employer, including extensive consultation with all relevant stakeholders, and implementation of recommendations
  • Helped introduce joint trusteeship to several public sector pension plans in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba
  • Advises trustees and other plan sponsors on fiduciary liability
  • Prepares plan texts and other documentation for post-retirement benefit plans
  • Drafts and amends plan texts and trust agreements for RPPs, health and welfare plans, DPSPs, EPSPs, group RRSPs, RCAs and IPPs
  • Prepares complete restatements of plan texts
  • Drafts and implements supplemental pension arrangements
  • Drafts and implements letters of credit trust arrangements to secure supplemental pension arrangements or comply with new solvency rules
  • Helped establish new defined benefit multi-employer pension plan
  • Advises on compliance with CAPSA CAP guidelines for participant directed defined contribution plans
  • Implements PIPA compliant privacy policies for boards of trustees of pension and benefit plans
  • Prepares opinions on, and liaises with regulators and fundholders regarding, surplus ownership, contribution holidays and payment of administrative expenses

Murray has chaired and presented at many Pension and Employee Benefits Law conferences over the last 15 years. Some of his most recent engagements include:

“Legal and Legislative Developments Across Canada", 47th Annual Canadian Employee Benefits Conference, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, Calgary, Alberta, (August 10-13, 2014), Panelist

"Recent Legal Developments", 20th Annual Essential Tasks of Pension and Benefit Plan Trustees Conference, Pacific Business & Law Institute, Vancouver, BC, (February 26, 2014), Chair and Speaker

“Legal and Legislative Developments Across Canada", 45th Annual Canadian Employee Benefits Conference, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, Orlando, Florida, (November 18-21, 2012), Panelist

“Legal and Legislative Developments Across Canada”, 42nd Annual Canadian Employee Benefits Conference, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, Las Vegas, Nevada, (November 22-25, 2009), Panelist

“Negotiating Investment Management Contracts for Trustees and Administrators”, 42nd Annual Canadian Employee Benefits Conference, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, Las Vegas, Nevada, (November 22-25, 2009), Speaker