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Kathryn M. Bush

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  • Provided technical advisory and consulting services along with facilitation and project management services to the Nova Scotia Pension Agency, the trustee of the Nova Scotia Public Service Superannuation Plan

  • Served as one of the four advisers to the Ontario Expert Commission on Pensions, which then made recommendations on the Pension Benefits Act (Ontario)

  • Acted as intervenor for ACPM at the Supreme Court of Canada

Awards & Recognition

Kathryn Bush was awarded the 2020 OBA Award of Excellence in Pension and Benefits Law.

Kathryn has been recognized as a leading pension and employee benefits practitioner in the following publications:

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2024 (Employee Benefits Law)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2023 (Pensions & Benefits)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2023 (Most Frequently Recommended – Pensions & Employee Benefits – Employer)

  • The Legal 500 Canada – 2022–2023 (Pensions – Leading Lawyer)

  • Who's Who Legal: Global – 2022–2023 (Pensions & Benefits)

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada – 2021–2022 (Labour, Employment & Benefits) (National Leader – "Kathryn Bush comes "highly recommended for pensions" and "cannot be praised enough" for her distinguished practice.")

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2021 (Ranked in Band 1) Co-head of the firm's pensions group, Kathy attracts plaudits for her "very deep knowledge" of benefits issues. She is renowned for providing comprehensive pensions and benefits support to public and private clients, including those in the financial services and government sectors. She recently acted for the Government of Alberta on pension legislative reform matters. One client enthused: "She is a pre-eminent pensions and benefits lawyer. I have found her to be very knowledgeable, proactive and strategic."

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2021 (Leading Lawyer – Pensions: "Kathryn Bush is a leading name for pensions law.")

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2018 – Lawyer of the Year (Employee Benefits Law – Toronto)

  • The 2013 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (Pensions & Employee Benefits)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2012 – Lawyer of the Year (Employee Benefits Law – Toronto)

Professional Activities

Kathryn was appointed to ACPM's National Policy Committee and was as an adviser to the Ontario Expert Commission on Pensions. She is a former vice-chair of the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, the Financial Services Tribunal and the Pension Commission of Ontario. She is also a member of the International Bar Association, the International Pension & Employee Benefits Lawyers Association and the Canadian Bar Association, and was North America regional vice-chair for Lex Mundi.

Kathryn has written on a wide range of topics in the areas of income taxation as well as pension and employee benefits. She has been the co-editor of the Canadian Bar Association Pension and Benefits Newsletter and has taught for a number of years at the Law Society of Ontario's bar admissions and continuing legal education courses.


ICDD, ICD - Rotmans Directors Education Program – 2018
Admitted to the Ontario Bar – 1984
JD, Osgoode Hall Law School – 1982

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