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Lawson Lundell LLP

Lisa C. Chamzuk

Lisa C. Chamzuk

Partner

Expertise

  • Administrative Law
  • Employee Benefits
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Pension & Benefit Plans

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Activity

Lawson Lundell LLP
British Columbia, Canada

Profile
Lisa is a partner in the firm's Pensions and Employee Benefits Group and Protection of Privacy and Freedom of Information Group.

Pension and Employee Benefits

Lisa's pension and employee benefits practice has a special emphasis on multi-employer pension plans and health and welfare trusts, usually sponsored for specific industries. Lisa represents dozens of board of trustees and corporate plan sponsors in both the public and private sector and in a wide variety of industries.

Lisa provides advice and strategic support to boards of trustees, sponsors of pension and employee benefits plans and administration teams in respect of the interpretation and amendment of plan texts, the application of the governing legal principles and provincial and federal legislation and also on the day to day issues that arise with these plans. Through her pension practice Lisa works regularly with the Financial Institutions Commission of B.C. and other regulatory agencies.

Lisa manages and provides strategic support and risk assessment to her clients on complex pension and employee benefit litigation, including class actions.

Privacy Law

Lisa is the firm's privacy law and document retention specialist and works regularly with clients to comply with applicable privacy legislation and to find and implement creative solutions to privacy issues as they arise. Lisa works regularly with the Personal Information and Protection Act (British Columbia), the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (Canada), and the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

Lisa clerked for the Supreme Court of British Columbia before joining Lawson Lundell LLP.

Bar Admissions

British Columbia (2002)

Education

Simon Fraser University (B.A., 1996)
University of Victoria (LL.B., 2000)
Areas of Practice

Administrative Law | Employee Benefits | Mergers & Acquisitions | Pension & Benefit Plans

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Lisa’s pensions and employee benefits experience includes:

*Negotiating investment management agreements
*Negotiating a buy-in annuity purchase on behalf of a pension plan sponsor
*Establishing and overseeing governance of a multi-employer, non-collectively bargained pension plan
*Merging pension plans sponsored by one corporate entity
*Acting for a company determining whether changes can be made to the program of post-retirement group benefits
*Representing a multi-employer pension plan recover withrdrawal obligations from a former participating employer
*Acting for a company seeking to add new members to an existing pension plan
*Advising a health and welfare trust on a range of privacy issues, drafting requisite forms and negotiating with service providers
*Negotiating trust and custodial agreements and obtaining necessary regulatory approvals
*Drafting opinions on the tax rules that apply to pension plans and health and welfare trusts
*Representing trustees and other administrators in litigation matters including disputes among competing beneficiaries
*Drafting and amending plan texts for pension plans and health and welfare plans
*Drafting policies for plan administrators, including conflict of interest policies and other governance policies
*Drafting legal opinions on a variety of topics including: vesting, fiduciary, obligations, and privacy issues
*Negotiating group benefit arrangements

Lisa’s recent services in the area of privacy law and document retention include:

*Drafting and finalizing privacy policies for numerous clients in both the private and public spheres
*Drafting consent language and authorization forms to permit the collection, use and disclosure of personal information
*Responding to specific privacy questions and concerns
*Drafting and finalizing document retention policies that comply with applicable law
*Representing clients in applications to the Privacy Commissioner of B.C.
*Consideration and application of Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL)


Professional Associations

*The Law Society of British Columbia, Member
*Canadian Bar Association: Pensions and Benefits, (Former Chair/Former Secretary)
*Editorial Board Pension Planning
*Canadian Pension and Benefits Institute, Member
*International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, Member


Seminars

"Canadian Legal Update”, International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists 33rd Annual Symposium, Phoenix, Arizona (September 7, 2014), Speaker

"Application of CASL", Presentation to Victoria Advanced Technology Council (VIATeC), Victoria, BC (June 4, 2014), Speaker

"Cross Country Legislative Update", Canadian Legal and Legislative Update Conference, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, Ottawa, ON (May 29, 2014), Speaker

"Privacy and Record Management for Pension & Benefit Plans", Essential Tasks of Pension and Benefit Plan Trustees, Pacific Business and Law Institute, Vancouver, BC (February 26, 2014), Speaker

"You Be The Judge", Canadian Pension and Benefits Institute Western Regional Conference, Whistler, BC (October 11, 2013), Speaker

"2013 Legal and Legislative Update", The Changing Landscape for Trustees and Administrators, BC Building Trades 35th Annual Pension, Health & Welfare Seminar, Burnaby, BC (October 9, 2013), Speaker

"Liability and the Fiduciary" and "Trust Law Basics", 21st Essential Skills for Pension Committee Members, Federated Press, Vancouver, BC (November 19-20, 2012), Speaker

"Legal & Legislative Update", The International Foundation's Canadian Legal and Legislative Conference, Victoria, BC (May 24-25, 2012), Speaker

"Pension Plan Solvency", CPBI Continuing Education Session, Vancouver, BC (April 25, 2012), Speaker

"Liability and the Trustee", 7th Pension Law & Litigation Course, Federated Press, Vancouver, BC (March 12-13, 2012), Speaker

"Assessing & Managing Conflicts of Interest", 7th Pension Law & Litigation Course, Federated Press, Vancouver, BC (March 12-13, 2012), Speaker

"When an Employer Restructures Benefits", Pensions & Benefits: Critical Issues and What's Often Overlooked, Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC (May 25, 2011), Speaker

"Pension Plan Funding", Pension Funding and Current Issues, Canadian Pension and Benefits Institute, Victoria, BC (February 22, 2011), Speaker

"Managing Service Provider Contracts", 16th Essential Skills for Pension Committee Members, Federated Press, Vancouver, BC (November 8-9, 2010), Course Leader

"Assessing and Managing Conflicts of Interest", 5th Pension Law & Litigation Course, Federated Press, Vancouver, BC (March 17-18, 2010), Speaker

"Plan Design in Difficult Times", Pension Basics - Beyond the Basics Continuing Education Series, Canadian Pension and Benefits Institute, Burnaby, BC (January 20, 2010), Speaker

"The Funding Fiasco: What you can do when Faced with Staggering Pension Funding Obligations”, Practical Tips for Tough Economic Times Seminar, Vancouver, BC (May 20, 2009), Speaker

"Foundations for Trustees", International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, Vancouver, BC (June 23, 2008), Speaker

"Fiduciary Obligations and Liability”, Federated Press, Vancouver, BC (December 20, 2007), Speaker

"Introduction to Trust Responsibility”, International Foundation of Employee Benefits Plans, Vancouver, BC (September 27, 2007), Speaker

"Pension Division on Marital Breakdown: An Introduction”, Canadian Pension and Benefits Institute, Continuing Education Series (February 5, 2003), Speaker
Articles

Pension Reform: Pension Benefits Standards Act in Force September 30, 2015 (May 14, 2015)

"'De-Risking' Picks Up Momentum as Insurers Offer Innovative Products", Pension Planning, Vol. XIX, No. 1, Federated Press (2014), Author

"New Wills, Estates and Succession Act Coming to BC – Application to Pension Plans" (February 4, 2014), Author

"Spam, Spammity Spam, wonderful Spam?" (January 24, 2014), Co-authors Lisa Chamzuk, Ben A. Heller

"Disengaged DC plan members could land a plan sponsor in legal hot water", Benefits Canada (October 1, 2012), Author

"DB to DC Plan Conversions - Litigation Update", Pension Planning, Vol. XVIII, No. 1, Federated Press (2012), Author

"Flexibility Key to Revised Pensions Benefits Standards Act" (June 18, 2012), Author

Lisa Chamzuk's response to a Your Say Benefits question appears in the March 2012 Benefits Canada issue (March 30, 2012), Author

Lawson Lundell Names New Partners (January 3, 2012)

"Restructuring Employee Benefits: Options and Restrictions", Pension & Benefits: Critical Issues and What’s Often Overlooked Course, The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia (May 25, 2011), Author

"Recent Changes Involving the GST and Pension Plans", Pension Planning, Vol. XV, No. 3, Federated Press (July 22, 2010), Author

"Pension & Benefits Law Briefing Note: Nolan v. Kerry (Canada) Inc." (August 7, 2009), Author

Practical Tips for Tough Economic Times (May 20, 2009)

"Pension Plan Funding Update”, Continuing Legal Education (April 2006), co-author with Murray Campbell

“Recent Legal Developments Affecting Trusteed Pension and Benefit Plans” (February 2006), co-author with Murray Campbell

“Cho v. Telus Communications (B.C.) Inc.: Consequences of Ambiguous Terms in Pension Plans”, Pension Planning, Vol. X, No. 3 (2003), Author


Blogs

Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Blog
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Lawson Lundell's Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Blog follows new and interesting issues emerging in the legal and business communities. Our goal is to provide a source of valuable information and insight on a wide variety of matters for our readers.

Labour & Employment Law Blog
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Lawson Lundell's Labour and Employment Law Blog provides updates on the most recent legal developments impacting the Canadian workplace and offers practical tips for employers. We cover a range of topics, including labour relations, employment law, collective bargaining, human rights, employment...

Privacy & Data Management Blog
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This blog is authored by members of the Privacy & Data Management Department. We follow new and interesting issues emerging in the legal and business communities. We follow emerging issues, legal developments, and new technology as they impact privacy and data management. We will focus on how...

Project Law Blog
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The Lawson Lundell Project Law Blog focuses on updating proponents on new and interesting issues emerging in the law and policy that applies to the development of major projects in Canada. The focus of the blog is on matters relating to environmental assessment and compliance, regulatory matters...

The Business Law Blog
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This blog is authored by members of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department. We intend to follow new and interesting issues emerging in the legal and business communities. The wide range of experience among the members of our litigation group will provide a diverse and insightful...

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