Jana Steele is Chair of Osler's Pensions & Beneﬁts Group. Jana has signiﬁcant expertise and experience regarding plan design, including innovative plan designs, such as shared risk and target beneﬁt plans – and has written extensively on such plans. Jana also has extensive experience dealing with pensions and beneﬁts in the context of corporate transactions. Jana advises on a wide array of pensions and benefits issues, such as plan structure, governance, administration, compliance, trustee obligations, surplus matters, plan conversions, plan mergers, transfers and plan wind-ups, as well as pensions and benefits issues arising in insolvencies and corporate restructurings. Jana also provides advice on supplementary plans and benefits matters.
Jana’s clients have included universities, non-proﬁt entities, governments, multinational corporations, and boards of trustees of shared risk plans, JSPPs, and multi-employer pension plans.
Jana is a past chair of the pensions and beneﬁts executive of the Ontario Bar Association. She has been a guest lecturer at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, Osgoode Hall Law school, Western Law, and the University of Calgary. She has written and spoken extensively on a wide array of pension matters. Jana has been very involved with the International Pensions and Employee Benefits Lawyers Association (IPEBLA), including as past conference chair and past Steering Committee chair.
Jana was a member of the FSCO Legal Advisory Committee for several years. She has recently been appointed to FSRA’s new Technical Advisory Committee for Public Sector Pension Plans.