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Year of Call: Ontario, 2007
Natasha Monkman is a pension and benefits lawyer in Hicks Morley’s Toronto office. She regularly advises employers on governance, plan administration, investment and compliance matters relating to their employee benefit plans and pension plans as well as executive compensation matters.
Natasha has advised multiple clients on asset and liability transfers and issues relating to derisking initiatives including annuity purchases. More recently, Natasha has assisted clients with respect to the strategy, negotiation and implementation of complex plan design changes, including single employer to jointly sponsored pension plan mergers and conversions. She advises employers and plan administrators regarding mergers and acquisitions and funding issues, including in the context of insolvency proceedings.
Natasha routinely assists clients with and has defended claims regarding benefit entitlements including upon marriage breakdown and the death of an employee. She also represents employers in labour arbitrations and regulatory proceedings with respect to their pension and benefits arrangements.
Natasha regularly advises municipal and school board employers regarding their obligations as participating employers in large public sector pension plans and has represented participating employers in related grievance arbitrations.
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Awards & Recognition
The Best Lawyers in Canada™ (2022-2023)
Employee Benefits Law
Canadian Pension & Benefits Institute (2015)
Ontario Regional Volunteer of the Year
Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (2021–2023)
Pensions & Employee Benefits (Repeatedly Recommended)
Memberships & Affiliations
Canadian Bar Association – Member (National Pension and Benefits Law)
Canadian Pension & Benefits Institute – Member, Ontario Regional Council; Chair (2017–2019); Past Chair (2020–present)
Canadian Pension & Benefits Institute – Member, National Board Director, Ontario Region (2020–present)
Ontario Bar Association – Member (Pension and Benefits Law)
Select Publications & Presentations
“Best Practices in Communications” Canadian Pension and Benefits Institute: Pension Certificate Program (April 4, 2022)
“Implications of Working Remotely” Human Resources Professionals Association, Durham Chapter: Labour and Employment Law Conference (June 4, 2021)
“Best Practices in Plan Administration & Communications” Canadian Pension and Benefits Institute: Pension Certificate Program (March 24, 2021)
“Canadian Pension Certificate Program” Canadian Pension and Benefits Institute (September 29–October 7, 2020)
Osgoode Hall Law School, LL.B.
Mount Allison University, B.A. (Hons.)