Elizabeth Boyd
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4172

Elizabeth is involved in all aspects of the taxation, design, implementation, administration and termination of pension, other employee benefit, stock option, share purchase, profit sharing and executive compensation arrangements, including compliance with tax, pension investment and other regulatory requirements.

Elizabeth works with plan sponsors and administrators in the private and public sectors, as well as financial institutions and various consulting firms. She advises on pension, other benefit and equity and deferred compensation aspects of corporate transactions, and also advises plan sponsors and litigation counsel in connection with class actions and other litigation matters involving pension and benefit plans.

Elizabeth has experience advising sponsors and administrators of both federally and provincially regulated defined benefit and defined contribution pension plans for unionized and non-unionized employees on a wide range of matters, including regulatory compliance, employee communications, pension fund investments, business sales, asset transfers and plan wind-ups. She also works regularly with employers on their supplementary executive pension arrangements, group savings plans and flexible benefits plans.

Between 1992 and 1994, before joining Blakes, Elizabeth was a tax litigator with the federal Department of Justice in Toronto.


Elizabeth has been recognized as a leading lawyer in the following publications:

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2018 (Pensions)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017 (Employee Benefits Law)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2017 (Pensions & Employee Benefits)

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Speaker: Stock Options and Deferred Share Units - Tax and Other Legal Considerations
Pensions & Tax Update: Executive Compensation and Pension Plan Investment, Ontario Bar Association, Toronto, Ontario, April 12, 2017.
Speaker: Tax Aspects of Equity-Based Incentive Plans
2016 Tax Law for Lawyers, Canadian Bar Association, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, May 29 - June 3, 2016.
Speaker: Current Issues in DC Pension Fund Investments: Implementing New Regulatory Requirements for member-Directed DC Plans
Recent Developments in Pensions and Employee Benefits Law, Toronto, Ontario, May 5, 2016.
Speaker: Tax -Effective Change in Control Agreement
13th Taxation of Executive Compensation and Retirement Course, Federated Press, Toronto, Ontario, September 24-25, 2015.
Speaker: Tax Aspects of Equity Based Incentive Plans", "2015 Tax Law for Lawyers
The Canadian Bar Association, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, May 24 - 29, 2015.
Speaker: Use of Contractual Clawbacks
18th Executive Compensation Course, Federated Press, Toronto, Ontario, March 24, 2015.
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