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Julien Ranger - Pensions & Benefits Lawyer in Montréal

Julien Ranger

Partner, Pensions & Benefits

Key Contact: Pensions and Benefits

Key Contact: Pensions & Benefits Litigation

Contact Information

tel: 514.904.5631



Bar Admission

Ontario, 2007

Québec, 2006

  • University of Ottawa, LL.L. (Civil Law)
  • Dalhousie University, LL.B. (Common Law)
English, French

Julien practices in the Pension and Benefits Department of the Montréal office.   He advises employers, pension fund administrators and service providers on issues such as pension plan governance and design, de-risking strategies, plan mergers, pension investments, use of surplus assets, contribution holidays, administration expenses and retiree benefits matters.  He also assists them in their representations before regulatory authorities, administrative tribunals and courts (including the Supreme Court of Canada). Julien also deals with pension and benefit issues arising in corporate transactions such as acquisitions, divestitures, mergers and corporate reorganizations.

Julien has recently drafted key pension documents required to establish “shared risk plans”, a new pension model adopted in New Brunswick, and is advising and assisting on the conversion of existing plans in the province to the new shared risk design.

    • Canadian and international companies in connection with the implementation of de-risking strategies (including annuity purchases, longevity insurance, soft freezes, hard freezes, conversions, terminations, lump sum payments, target benefit plans, etc.)
    • BCE Inc. in its ground breaking pension de-risking strategy to transfer longevity risk for $5 billion of pension plan liability to Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada
    • BCE Inc., IBM Canada Limited, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Aviva Canada Inc., Axiall Corporation, École polytechnique de Montréal, Montreal Police Pension Fund, on matters of plan administration and governance and on the compliance of their plans with the applicable pension legislation.
    • Vivendi Canada Inc. in a class action concerning a post-retirement benefits reduction (including a hearing before the Supreme Court of Canada).
    • IBM Canada Limited in a class action relating to amendments made to the pension and post-retirement benefit plans.
    • École polytechnique de Montréal in class actions relating to amendments made to its pension plan.
    • Trustees of the pension fund of the University of Montreal Pension Plan in a class action relating to pension plan investments.
    • Secretary of the board of trustees of a registered defined benefit pension plan.
    • Canadian and international companies in connection with plan wind ups and the sharing of surplus assets.
    • Canadian and international companies on asset transfer issues and plan conversions from defined benefits to defined contributions.
    • Canadian and international companies in connection with the merger of their various Canadian pension plans and their representations to the regulatory authorities in that respect.
    • Canadian and international companies in the establishment and funding of supplementary executive pension plans (SERPs).
    • Opinions relating to complex trust issues and the use of surplus assets.
    • Negotiating various commercial agreements on behalf of plan administrators and service providers (investment management agreements, trust agreements, service and fee agreements, etc.)
    • Legal advisor to the Quebec Employers Council (Conseil du patronat du Québec) in connection with the working group on the funding and restructuring of private sector pension plans.

  • Bar of Québec
  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Canadian Pension and Benefits Institute 
  • Member of the executive and secretary of the Quebec Regional Council of the Association of Canadian Pension Management

  • International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
  • Regular contributor to the Osler Pensions & Benefits Law Blog (
  • La priorité incertaine des régimes de retraite, a conference regarding issues arising on the insolvency of a plan sponsor, May 2015.
  • Pension Fund Investments and Related Fiduciary Issues From a Québec Perspective, published in Employee Benefits in Canada, Internation Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans.
  • Panel discussion with experts of the insurance industry regarding litigation trends in fiduciary liability, Professional Liability Underwriting Society.
  • Attention au décaissement, an article regarding issues relating to decumulation options under defined contribution plans, Avantages magazine, February 2015.
  • Dois-je vraiment conserver tous ces documents?, an article regarding the importance of record retention, Avantages magazine, June 2014.
  • Indalex: What Impact has the Supreme Court of Canada’s Decision had on Pension Plans?, webinar organized by the Canadian Pension and Benefits Institute (CPBI).
  • Pension Governance Course of the College of Corporate Directors (Collège des administrateurs de sociétés), May 2013 and May 2014.
  • An Overview of the Canadian Pension Regulatory System; an article published in the Journal of the International Pension and Employee Benefits Lawyers Association, 2014.
  • Panel discussion with Jim Leech (CEO of Teachers) and other experts regarding Canada's pension crisis and the need for innovative solutions, November 2013.
  • The Powers and Duties of Pension Board Members, a presentation on the role and fiduciary duties of a pension plan administrator,  Osler seminar, March 25, 2013.
  • La gestion du risque relié aux régimes de retraite, a presentation on pension de-risking strategies, Osler seminar, October 30, 2012.
  • Le régime à prestation cible : une solution incontournable?; a presentation on target benefit plans, conference of the Association of Canadian Pension Management, December 2, 2011.
  • Agreement Respecting Multi-Jurisdictional Pension Plans in Effect for Certain Ontario and Québec Plans; article published in the Taxation of Executive Compensation and Retirement Journal, August 2011.
  • Déficit actuariels des régimes de retraite et augmentation des coûts liés aux avantages sociaux, an article on recent developments in pension and post-retirement benefits law published in Développements récents en droit du travail 2011, volume 333, Service de la formation continue du Barreau du Québec.
  • Insaisissabilité des régimes de retraite et du CÉLI et partage du patrimoine familial: qu’en est-il ?, a presentation on seizure of pension benefits and division of pensions on marriage breakdown, conference of the Association de planification fiscale et financière (APFF), November 26, 2009.
  • Commentary regarding the Québec Court of Appeal decision in the Multi-marques case published in Lancaster's Bi-Weekly Pension & Benefit Law E-Bulletin, Issue No. 71, August 2008.