Representative pension plan clients include a jointly trusteed multi-employer defined benefit public sector pension plan with over 300,000 members, a defined contribution plan with 1,000 members and a variety of others in between.
Representative benefit plan clients include province wide health & welfare and long term disability plans in the health sector, education sector, construction and other industries.
The scope of Shawn’s practice has included establishing new pension and benefit plans, providing strategic advice to government and public utilities on transitioning to new governance models and plan designs such as target benefit formula, acting as special mediator to settle the terms of collectively bargained benefit arrangements, providing advice on merger and acquisition transactions and providing ongoing support and advice to numerous boards of trustees.
Shawn is a past chair of the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch Pension and Benefits subsection and has spoken frequently at continuing legal education and industry conferences on pension and benefit topics.
Shawn has also served for several years as the administrator of a multi-employer construction trade pension plan with 300 participating employers, several thousand members and approximately $1 billion in assets. The plan was one of the first in British Columbia to convert to a target benefit pension plan. Shawn also acted as administrator of a health and welfare plan offering a combination of insured and self-insured benefits to several thousand members.