Andrea Boctor

Andrea Boctor

Partner, Chair, Pensions & Benefits

Chair: Pensions and Benefits

Contact Information

tel: 416.862.4945



Bar Admission

Ontario, 2003


  • Queen’s University, LL.B.
  • Queen’s University, B.Comm.



Andrea is Chair of Osler’s Pensions & Benefits group. Her practice specialises in all areas of pensions and benefits, with a focus on pension administration, fiduciary duty and governance, and issues arising in the context of bankruptcy and insolvency. She also advises clients on a full range of pension investment issues from both a fund and manager perspective, as well as on executive compensation matters and pension issues that arise in the context of mergers and acquisitions and lending arrangements. Andrea is often sought out for her expertise by government, in litigation matters, and for second opinions.

Andrea speaks and writes extensively on pensions related issues. She is the co-editor of Pensions and Benefits Law in Ontario and the long-time former editor of Canadian Cases on Pensions and Benefits. Andrea has also been an adjunct professor at Queen’s University Law School and is often a guest lecturer at the University of Toronto and Osgoode Professional Development.

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business: Recognized in Pensions and Benefits
  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business: Recognized in Pensions and Benefits (2018)
    • “she provides excellent service - she really understands our needs and is very adaptable."
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: Recognized in Pensions & Employee Benefits - Employer as “Recommended”
  • The Legal 500 Canada: Recognized as a leading lawyer in Pensions and Benefits
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada: Recognized in Employee Benefits

  • Counsel to UNEP on world legal survey for Responsible Investing, Canada

  • Canadian Bar Association, Pensions and Benefits Section Government Relations committee
  • Ontario Bar Association, Pensions and Benefits Section Executive, Past Chair
  • Association of Canadian Pension Management, Federal Council, Chair
  • International Pension & Employee Benefits Lawyers Association

  • “How Technology is Changing Participant Engagement: Missing Participants and Participant Communications”, International Pension & Employee Benefits Lawyers Association, 17th Biennial IPEBLA Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, May 2019.
  • “Insolvency and Restructuring Primer”, Osgoode Professional Development, The Osgoode Certificate in Pension Law, Toronto, Ontario, March 2019.
  • “When the Bottom Falls Out: Strategies to Protect Pensions on Employer Insolvency”, Lancaster House Publishing, Pensions Conference, Toronto, Ontario, November 2018.
  • “Pensions 2018: Managing Risk Exposure”, Northwind Professional Institute, 15th Annual Pension Fund Invitational Forum, Cambridge, Ontario, November 2018.
  • “Whose Claim is it Anyway?”, Estates, Trusts and Pensions Journal, vol. 37, no. 1, pg 108, Thomson Reuters, 2017.
  • “Review of Stock Option Arrangements in Light of Tax Withholding Changes”, Business Beat, Ontario Bar Association, April 2011 (co-author).
  • “Canada Chapter”, Employee Share Plans: International Legal and Tax Issues, 2nd edition, Globe Law and Business, 2011 (co-author).
  • “Indalex – Do Hard Cases Make Bad Law?”, Annual Review of Insolvency Law, Thomson Reuters, 2011 (co-author).