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Donna Walwyn

Immediate Past President

Ms. Walwyn is Head of the Pensions and Employee Benefits Practice in the Toronto office of Baker & McKenzie LLP. Ms Walwyn advises corporations and other organizations in all areas of pension and employee benefits law, including: plan and fund governance, federal and provincial regulatory compliance, plan administration, pension fund investment, fiduciary duties and obligations.

Donna also advises on executive compensation matters, incentive and stock-based compensation, supplementary retirement plans an and pension and employee benefit issues in the general employment law and unionized context, including mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations and divestitures. Ms. Walwyn also regularly liaises with third party service providers and consultants on behalf of clients.

Ms. Walwyn has represented pension funds, boards of trustees, plan administrators and internal pension committees on pension and other employee benefits matters, and has appeared before the regulatory tribunal on behalf of such clients.

Prior to joining Baker & McKenzie, Ms. Walwyn practiced exclusively in the area of pensions and employee benefits law with a boutique firm in Toronto. Ms Walwyn has a background in pension policy and compliance and prior to the practice of law worked with the provincial pension regulator in a variety of statutory compliance roles.

Practice focus

Pension and employee benefits, labour and employment law, executive transfers, and mergers and acquisitions.
Publications, presentations and articles

  • Presenter – Ontario Bar Association – Managing Pension & Employee Benefit Issues in Cross-Border Transactions
  • Presenter & Author Canadian Bar Association – Canadian Legal Conference & Expo – Risk Management in Pensions and Benefits: An Update on Legal Developments
  • Presenter & Author Ontario Bar Association – 5th Annual Pension & Benefits Hot Spots Pension and Benefits Rights on Severance
  • Regular contributor to the Canadian Legislative Reporter, published by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
  • Frequent speaker at professional seminars and conferences.

Professional affiliations

Ontario Bar Association – Pension and Benefits Subsection; Canadian Pension & Benefits Institute; Director of Fundraising, Canadian Association of Black Lawyers; Past President, Board of Directors, Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Club; Member, The Toronto Kiwanis Club.
In 2012 Ms. Walwyn was selected as the first Canadian participant in the Fellows Program of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.

Education and admission

Ms Walwyn was admitted to practice law in Ontario in 2000. Ms Walwyn is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario (LL.B., 1997) and a first class honours graduate of York University. (B.A. (Hons.)). While in law school Ms Walywn received the Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt Award in Pension Law and the Faculty of Law Foundation Fund Award for Excellence in Advocacy.

Practice Areas

Labour, Employment and Employee Benefits