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ISBN: 9781552213391-01


Legal Nature of the Pension

From: Pension Law, 2/e


Introduces the legal nature of the pension by providing an overview and describing the relevant sources of law.



Ari Kaplan

Ari Kaplan, BA (Hons) (McGill), LLB, LLM (Osgoode), was the sole author of the first edition of Pension Law, which won the 2007 Walter Owen Book Prize for outstanding new contribution to Canadian legal literature. The text has been cited as an authority by courts, tribunals, and law commissions, including the Supreme Court of Canada. He is an adjunct professor of law at the University of Toronto, and a past associate professor of law at the University of Western Ontario. Ari is top-ranked among his peers in Chambers Global and Lexpert, and has been named “Lawyer of the Year” for Employee Benefits Law, Toronto, by Best Lawyers in Canada. Ari is a partner at Koskie Minsky LLP in Toronto, where he has been counsel on some of Canada’s leading cases, including Kerry and Monsanto before the Supreme Court of Canada. In 2010, Ari was the Attorney General’s appointee as trustee on the Law Foundation of Ontario. In his spare time, Ari is a partner at Paper Bag Records (, a leading North American independent music label. He tweets as @arimap.

Mitch Frazer

Mitch Frazer is a partner and the chair of the Pensions and Employment Practice at Torys LLP. His practice focuses on all aspects of pensions, benefits, employment, and executive compensation. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and a former adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University. He is the author of A Practical Guide to Private Pension Plans in Canada (2012), publishes and speaks regularly on pension, benefits, employment, and executive compensation issues, and has been interviewed on television, on radio, and in print. Mitch is chair of the International Pension and Employee Benefits Lawyers Association. He is also a former chair of the Canadian Bar Association Pension and Benefits Section, the Ontario Bar Association Pension and Benefits Section, and the Association of Canadian Pension Management's National Policy Committee and National Conference Committee. He has been recognized by Chambers Global, Lexpert, Best Lawyers in Canada, and Which Lawyer as a leading practitioner in pension and benefits law. Mitch is also an advocate for educational causes. He is a member of Ryerson University’s Board of Governors and a member of the Toronto French School Board of Directors, and a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Ontario Science Centre.