Michel Benoit Cogger

Vice Chairman at The Canadian Bar Association

Michel Benoit Cogger

Michel Benoit Cogger

Vice Chairman at The Canadian Bar Association


Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
Michel Benoit, Partner, Pensions & Benefits
Bar Admission

Québec, 1970

McGill University, B.C.L.
Université de Montréal, B.A.



English, French
Areas of Expertise

Pensions and Benefits


Michel has extensive experience in the field of pensions and employee benefits. He advises employers, pension funds and financial institutions on numerous issues including surplus entitlement, contribution holidays, plan administration expenses and governance. He also regularly advises on executive compensation matters, including securitization of SERP arrangements. Michel appears regularly before pension regulators, arbitrators, tribunals and the Courts.
Notable Matters

Successfully defending Hydro-Québec in landmark class action proceedings commenced by the Retiree Association claiming benefit improvements of $377 Million to be funded from the Pension Plan surplus.
Vivendi Canada Inc. in the review of post retirement health benefits for retirees of the Seagram Company Limited.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in the drafting and implementation of a surplus sharing and health care cost agreement entered into with certain unions and the retiree association.
Domtar Inc. in the implementation of the governance structure for its Canadian and US Pension Plans.
A group of 6 major federally regulated corporations (Bell Canada, CN, CP, Nav Canada, Canada Post and MTS/Allstream) in their lobbying efforts to obtain from the federal government permanent improved funding relief measures for their defined benefit pension plans.


Ad Hoc Group on Private Pensions of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) to the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development), Chair
Quebec Bar Association Advisory Committee on Pensions, Chair
Association of Canadian Pension Management (ACPM)
Canadian Pension and Benefits Institute (CPBI)
International Pension and Employee Benefits Lawyers Association (IPEBLA)

Member of Actuarial Standards Oversight Council (ASOC)

Industry Recognition

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2011: Pensions & Benefits
The 2010 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada
The Best Lawyers in Canada 2012: Employee Benefits Law
Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2012: Employment Law
Practical Law Company’s Which Lawyer? Yearbook 2009


Michel is a frequent speaker at conferences sponsored by a number of national and international organizations, including the College of Corporate Directors (Québec).

Resources & Publications

Pension Reform Proposals Released By Finance Canada, October 27, 2009

Seminars & Conferences

2010 CBA/IPEBLA Conference, June 20 - 22, 2010

News Media

Today’s most popular players in the law community, Aug 11, 2010
Ottawa Takes Pension Lead, June 15, 2010

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Deputy Chairman at Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

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President at Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

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Governor at Québec Bar Assoication

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Former Prime Minister of Canada

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President & Chief Executive Officer at Aluminum Association of Canada

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Former Member-Supervisory Board at Groupe Lucien Barrière SAS

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Secretary at Australia Department of Finance

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Special Advisor at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

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Founding Member at Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

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Deputy Secretary General at Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

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Michel Benoit Cogger
Vice Chairman at The Canadian Bar Association
Class of 1969

McGill University is a public research university located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Founded in 1821 during the British colonial era, the university bears the name of James McGill, a prominent Montreal merchant from Glasgow, Scotland and alumnus of Glasgow University, whose bequest formed the beginning of the university.

Class of 1966

The Université de Montréal is a public research university in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The francophone institution comprises thirteen faculties, more than sixty departments and two affiliated schools: the École Polytechnique (School of Engineering) and HEC Montréal (School of Business). It offers more than 650 undergraduate programmes and graduate programmes.

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Vice Chairman

Canadian Bar Association is a professional, voluntary organization which was formed in 1896, and incorporated by a Special Act of Parliament on April 15, 1921. Today, the Association represents some 37,000 lawyers, judges, notaries, law teachers, and law students from across Canada.


Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP provides legal services. It offers services in the areas of business law, commercial property, communications and media, trade, construction & infrastructure, corporate finance, and intellectual property. The company was founded in 1862 and is headquartered in Toronto, ON.

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The mission of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. The OECD provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems. We work with governments to understand what drives economic, social and environmental change. We measure productivity and global flows of trade and investment. We analyse and compare data to predict future trends. We set international standards on a wide range of things, from agriculture and tax to the safety of chemicals.


Québec Bar Assoication is a Canadian private company located in Montréal, QC, that provides fund management services.

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