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One client calls Murray "one of the biggest experts on pensions and benefits issues in Western Canada." Another adds: "He is excellent on service timeliness." He remains one of the most recognised and respected pensions experts in the region. 

- Chambers Canada, 2018 Guide

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

He has significant experience advising clients with respect to converting their pension plans from defined benefit to defined contribution and target benefit plans. Recently, he has been assisting with clients with plan modernization to ensure compliance with governance and assessment requirements under the new pensions legislation.

While Murray is a solicitor, he regularly provides strategic direction with respect to pension and benefit litigation.

Professional Activities

  • 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)

Recognitions & Rankings

Recognitions & Rankings

  • Chambers Canada: recognized in the Pensions & Benefits (Canada) category
  • Best Lawyers in Canada: recognized for Employee Benefits law
  • Best Lawyers: Employee Benefits Law Lawyer of the Year in Vancouver for 2011, 2013 & 2018
  • Chambers Global: recognized in the Pensions & Benefits (Canada) category
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: most frequently recommended as a Leading Practitioner for Pensions and Employee Benefits (Employer)
  • Lexpert Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada: recognized for Pensions and Employee Benefits law
  • 2018 Lexpert Guide to US/Canada Cross-Border Lawyers in Canada: recognized for Labour & Employment
  • Legal 500 Canada: recommended in the Pensions & Labour and Employment category
  • Martindale-Hubbell International Law Directory: AV Peer Review rated

Experience

Experience

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 and employee life and health 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,employee life and health trusts, 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

News & Publications

News & Publications

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements

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

  • "Recent Legal Developments", 19th Annual Essential Tasks of Pension and Benefit Plan Trustees Conference, Vancouver, BC, February 27, 2013, Chair and Speaker
  • "Legal Update", 2012 BC Pension Forum, March 12, 2012, Speaker
  • "Recent Legal Developments", February 22, 2012, Chair and Speaker
  • "Legal and Legislative Developments Across Canada", September 11-14, 2011, Panelist
  • "Statutory Reform - What It Means to My Plan", September 11-14, 2011, Speaker
  • "Recent Legal Developments", February 23, 2011, Chair and Speaker
  • "Current Pension and Benefits Issues", September 23-25, 2010, Speaker
  • "Recent Legal Developments", January 27, 2010, Chair and Speaker
  • "Recent Legal Developments", February 24, 2009, Chair and Speaker
  • "Employee Benefit Plans in Global Transactions" and "Post-Closing Integration Issues", November 20-22, 2008, Speaker
  • "Legal and Legislative Developments, Western Canada", August 2008, Speaker
  • "New Legal Challenges Facing Trustees and Plan Administrator", May 2008, Speaker
  • "3rd Annual, The Essential Course in Pensions, The Legal and Practical Guide for Lawyers and Other Professionals", October 2007, Speaker
  • "Legal and Legislative Developments, Western Canada", August 2007, Speaker
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Vancouver
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Assistant Contact

  • Shelly Barrow
  • Legal Assistant
  • T: 604.408.5329

Bar Admissions

  • Alberta (1985) (inactive)
  • British Columbia (1990)

Education

University of Saskatchewan (B.Comm., 1983)

Osgoode Hall Law School (LL.B., 1984)

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