Susan Nickerson

Susan Nickerson

Toronto: 416.865.7514
Fax 416.865.7380


LLM, 2003
Osgoode Hall Law School
LLB, 1996
University of Windsor
BA, 1993
McGill University

Bar Admissions

Nova Scotia, 2018 Ontario, 1998


Susan is a partner in the firm’s Pensions and Employment Practice. Recognized as a leading pension and benefits lawyer, Susan’s practice focuses on all areas of pension and benefits law and governance. She advises clients on issues ranging from risk management and defined benefit to defined contribution pension plan conversions, to implementation of new plan designs and benefit reduction initiatives. She also provides advice on the pension and benefit plan implications of corporate restructurings and insolvencies. With particular expertise in pension plan governance, Susan develops and implements pension plan governance structures and systems.

Representative Work

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Chambers & Partners’ Chambers Canada—Leading lawyer in pensions & benefits (2016-2019)

Best Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in employee benefits law (2010-2019)

Lexpert/Thomson Reuters’ Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Leading lawyer in pensions and employee benefits – management (2013-2018)

Chambers & Partners’ Chambers Global: World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Client’s Guide—Leading lawyer in pensions and benefits (2016-2017)


ACPM National Conference


Professional Involvement

An active member of the pension community, Susan is a frequent speaker and moderator on emerging industry issues and has a particular interest in policy development on a provincial and national level. She is the Past Chair of the National Policy Committee of the Association of Canadian Pension Management (ACPM) and a member of the ACPM Executive Committee. Susan was the 2016 recipient of the ACPM’s Don Ireland Award for an exceptional level of volunteerism with the organization.

Susan Nickerson is the first recipient of the Don Ireland Award from the Association of Canadian Pension Management in recognition of outstanding volunteerism in the field of pensions and benefits law and governance.


Susan is active in the McGill Alumni Association having served as a board member and the President of the McGill Alumni Association of Toronto.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member, National Policy Committee, Association of Canadian Pension Management
  • Past Director, McGill Alumni Association Board of Directors
  • Past Chair (2004-2005) of the Executive Committee, Pension and Benefits Section, Ontario Bar Association
  • Past Chair of Strategic Initiatives Committee (SIC) of the Association of Canadian Pension Management
  • Past President (2004-2006) of the McGill University Alumni Association of Toronto; Treasurer (2008-2009)