Natasha D. Monkman

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Associate, Toronto

Natasha-Monkman@hicksmorley.com
Direct: 416.864.7302
Main: 416.362.1011
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Year of Call: Ontario, 2007

Biography

Natasha Monkman is a pension and benefits lawyer in Hicks Morley’s Toronto office. She regularly advises both public and private sector employers on governance, plan administration, investment and compliance matters relating to their employee benefit plans and pension plans.

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 conversions. She has also advised 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.

Natasha also 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.

Awards & Recognition

Canadian Pension & Benefits Institute (2015)
Ontario Regional Volunteer of the Year

Memberships & Affiliations

Ontario Bar Association – Member (Pension and Benefits Law Section)

Canadian Bar Association – Member (National Pension and Benefits Law Section)

Canadian Pension & Benefits Institute – Member, Ontario Regional Council – Chair

Select Publications & Presentations

“Implementing intentions: Recent pension division jurisprudence” Canadian Bar Association Pensions and Benefits Law Section (July 13, 2017)

“Changes to Employment and Labour Laws: Impact for Employers, Workers and Workplaces” Webinar – International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plan (July 18, 2017)

“Putting it all Together: Applying Your Knowledge to Real-World Fact Situations” Osgoode CPD: 2017 Legal Guide to Pension and Benefit Entitlements Upon Marriage Breakdown (January 30, 2017)

“The Importance of Benefit Plan Governance” HRPA Durham Chapter – Employment and Labour Law Conference (June 10, 2016)

“Putting it all Together: Applying Your Knowledge to Real-World Fact Situations” Osgoode CPD: 2016 Legal Guide to Pension and Benefit Entitlements Upon Marriage Breakdown (January 28, 2016)

Guest on Heirs + Omissions (Cable 14 Hamilton), discussing spousal and beneficiary pension plan entitlements (November 26, 2015)

“OMERS Enrolment Issues, Risk and Strategies” OPSBA Labour Relations and Human Resources Symposium (March 26, 2015)

“Pension and Benefit entitlements Upon Marriage Breakdown: The Legal Guide” Osgoode Professional Development (January 28, 2015)

“DC Plans Should Look South: Litigation Lessons from the U.S.” CPBI Atlantic Regional Conference (September 25, 2014)

“The Future of Workplace Pensions” BenefitsCanada.com (2014)

“Pension Plan Administration Challenges: Spousal Waivers and Beneficiary Revocations Contained in Separation Agreements” OBA Institute 2011(February 3, 2011)

Education

Mount Allison University, B.A. (Hons.)

Osgoode Hall Law School, LL.B.