Megan advises boards of trustees and plan sponsors on a variety of legal matters involving pension plans, health and welfare trusts and other benefit plans. Her clients include both single employer plans and trusteed multi-employer plans across a wide range of industries. 

Megan prepares and amends plan texts and trust agreements, advises on the application of provincial and federal pension legislation and regulator policy, and drafts supporting plan documentation such as participation agreements, third party reimbursement agreements and governance policies. She advises on issues that arise in day-to-day plan administration, assists her clients with specialized projects such as plan conversions and assists the resolution of benefit disputes outside of court. She regularly works with the Financial Institutions Commission of B.C. and other regulatory agencies through her practice.

Megan also negotiates a variety of plan contracts for her clients, including investment management and subscription agreements, custodial trust agreements, letter of credit trust agreements, securities lending agreements, annuity contracts, long term disability insurance policies and other service provider agreements. 

Professional Activities

  • The Law Society of British Columbia, Member
  • Canadian Bar Association, Pensions and Benefits Section (Current British Columbia Section Chair (2 terms), Current National Executive Member (2 terms), Past British Columbia Section Secretary (3 terms)
  • Canadian Pension & Benefits Institute, Member
  • Association of Canadian Pension Management, Member
  • International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, Member
  • International Pension and Employee Benefits Lawyers’ Association, Member



Megan has experience:

  • Acting for a plan sponsor transitioning to an outsourced chief investment officer model for pension plan investments
  • Negotiating investment management and subscription agreements
  • Negotiating buy-out annuity policies and other group annuity policies with insurers on behalf of pension plan sponsors
  • Advising boards of trustees of negotiated cost, multi-employer plans on conversion from defined benefit to target benefit provisions
  • Representing a board of trustees to transition a pension plan from federal to provincial jurisdiction
  • Acting for a pension plan sponsor to advise a pension committee on plan governance matters and transition to a new governance arrangement
  • Drafting and amending plan texts for pension plans and health and welfare trusts
  • Drafting legal opinions on a variety of matters respecting plan administration, the application of pension, trust and tax law to pension plans and health and welfare plans, and the interpretation of plan texts and trust agreements
  • Liaising with the Financial Institutions Commission of BC and the Alberta Treasury Board and Finance on a variety of matters related to the administration of pension plans, including drafting submissions on behalf of clients and preparing requests for consent
  • Presenting to a retirement committee on pension plan governance and fiduciary obligations
  • Negotiating trust agreements, solvency reserve account trust agreements, letter of credit trust agreements and custodial agreements with institutional trustees
  • Assisting pension plan administrators to achieve compliance with new pension and family law legislation
  • Preparing third party reimbursement agreements and amending disability plan texts to improve the third party reimbursement regime
  • Restating and modernizing trust agreements for boards of trustees of pension plans and health and welfare trusts
  • Drafting internal policies and plan governance documents, including funding policies, governance policies, terms of reference and investment policies
  • Acting for pension plan administrators to assist the resolution of contentious benefit disputes outside of court
  • Negotiating pension and benefit terms in a corporate merger agreement
  • Representing a company creating a new defined benefit plan
  • Providing support in pension and benefit litigation and arbitration matters, including drafting arguments for an arbitration hearing and advising on a pension plan class action

News & Publications

News & Publications

Blog Posts

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements

Megan Kaneen, Lawson Lundell Photo
t 604.631.9229
f 604.669.1620

Assistant Contact

Bar Admissions

  • British Columbia (2008)


University of Victoria (B.Sc. with distinction, 1999)

University of British Columbia (LL.B., 2007)

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