Susan Nickerson

Susan Nickerson

Toronto: 416.865.7514
Fax 416.865.7380


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

Bar Admissions

Nova Scotia, 2018 Ontario, 1998


Susan Nickerson is a partner in Torys’ 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 fiduciary duties and risk management, plan conversion and funding, to implementation of new plan designs. She also provides advice on the pension and benefit plan implications of corporate transactions, 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 Canada—Leading lawyer in pensions & benefits (2016-2021)

The Legal 500 Canada—Leading lawyer in pensions (2020-2021)

Best Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in employee benefits law (2010-2021)

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Leading lawyer in pensions & employee benefits – employer (2013-2021)

Who’s Who Legal—Global Elite Thought Leader in labour, employment & benefits (a recognition given to fewer than 5% of all lawyers ranked by Who’s Who Legal) (2019-2021)

Chambers Global—Leading lawyer in pensions and benefits (2016-2017)


International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans conference: Today's Legal and Legislative Landscape Across Canada

Panelist, Cross-Country Pension Update

ACPM webinar: A special session with Chantal Hébert



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 current Chair of the Board of Directors of the Association of Canadian Pension Management (ACPM) and the Past Chair of ACPM’s National Policy Committee. Susan was 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)