Natalie Bussière
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4080

Natalie dedicates her practice to employment and labour law, as well as pension, benefits and executive compensation. She has represented clients in litigation concerning surplus assets of a pension plan, the validity of contribution holidays taken by employers party to a pension plan and in litigation contesting the legality of clauses found in rules and regulations of pension plans. Natalie also counsels various boards of trustees, pension committees and plan sponsors, and acts as Quebec counsel for a few pan-Canadian multi-employer pension plans.

Natalie has worked extensively in the field of labour relations, negotiating employment contracts, collective agreements and other agreements, including issues related to the application of the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms. She also advises on the transfer, hiring or termination of upper management and employees.

Natalie has pleaded before the Supreme Court of Canada, the Court of Appeal, the Superior Court, the Federal Court and the Labour Tribunal, as well as before many specialized administrative tribunals.

SELECT EXPERIENCE

Recent representative matters include advising:

  • Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. on its acquisition of 73.17 per cent of the interests in Wabush Mines joint venture held by U.S. Steel Canada Inc. and ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc.
  • Comvest Investment Partners Holdings, LLC on its acquisition of Lennox Hearth Products from Lennox International
  • Standard Life on the sale of its Canadian business to Manulife for C$4-billion
AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Natalie is recognized as a leading lawyer in the following publications:

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2018 (Employee Benefits Law and Labour and Employment Law)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2017 (Pensions and Employee Benefits - Management)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (2017: "Natalie Bussière is well known for her pensions practice in Montréal. Clients say: 'She is very strong and recognised as such in the pensions industry.' She also advises on employment and labour law."; 2016: "... wins plaudits for her pensions and benefits practice.... Sources say: 'She is very articulate and good at what she does.'")

PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCES
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Co-speaker: Overview Early Retirement - Québec
Labor and Employment/Employee Benefits and Pensions Joint Practice Group Global Meeting, Lex Mundi, New York, March 23-24, 2017.
Speaker: Legal Issues Surrounding Investment Decisions made by Participants in a DC Pension Plan
Pension Seminar, Canadian Institute of Actuaries, Bonaventure Hotel, Montréal, Québec, November 8, 2016
Co-speaker: How Benefit Plans Are Affected By Mergers & Acquisitions
2016 Lex Mundi Labor and Employment and Employee Benefits and Pensions Practice Group Joint Global Meeting, Rome, Italy, June 8-10, 2016.
Speaker: The Osgoode Certificate in Pension Law
Osgoode Professional Development, Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, Toronto, Ontario, March 9, 2016.
Co-speaker: Cross Border Insolvency
International Pension & Employee Benefits Law Association (IPEBLA), 15th International IPEBLA Conference, Brussels, Belgium, May 17-20, 2015.
Co-speaker: Employee or Independent Contractor?
2015 Lex Mundi Labor and Employment and Employee Benefits and Pensions Joint Practice Group Global Meeting, New York, April 9-10, 2015.
Speaker: The Osgoode Certificate in Pension Law
Osgoode Professional Development, Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, Toronto, Ontario, April 29, 2015.
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MEDIA APPEARANCES
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Quoted: Grandes transactions - Les femmes aux premières loges
Halin, Francis, Premières en affaires, June-July 2015, p. 17.
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