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Richard E Johnston Toronto Lawyer

Richard E. Johnston

Partner Fasken
While regulatory and tax knowledge is essential when working with pension and incentive plans, it is invaluable to put this into the commercial context of the employer.
Jurisdiction Ontario, 1983
Language(s) English
Office(s) Toronto


Richard Johnston practices primarily in the areas of pension, employment benefits and executive compensation law. He also has experience in corporate/commercial, mergers and acquisitions and lending, allowing him to place the issues of pension, benefits and compensation into a broader business context.

Working to comply with the unique features of the Canadian tax regime, Richard has experience drafting cash and equity-based plans for executive compensation. He also regularly adapts plans of parent companies in the U.S. and elsewhere to the Canadian legal and business environment.

In addition to advising on a broad range of pension regulatory matters, Richard has particular experience regarding pension investment issues, including investment rules, governance issues, investment management contracts and structuring investments.

Richard has made a submissions to the government regarding recent changes to pension investment rules. He was a member of the Prudent Investment and Funding Industry Advisory Group to the Canadian Association of Pension Supervisory Authorities, which is the coordinating body for Canadian pension regulators.

A former director of an investment management firm, Richard’s background also allows him to advise on the structuring and documenting pension and benefit matters in connection with mergers and acquisitions.

Richard values long-term relationships and has advised certain clients for decades. 

Active in his community, Richard has been a director and the chair of a charity that provides social housing and support to the homeless in downtown Toronto.

Client Work

Date Client

Career & Education


  • JD University of Toronto
  • BASc University of Toronto

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Ontario Bar Association


Fasken Institute


Article Higher Taxes for Senior Executives and Stock Options in Canada Timely Disclosure
Article Incentive Plan Entitlements on Wrongful Dismissal Northern Exposure

Speaking Engagements

Speaker A Quick Guide to Incentive Plans: The intersection of Tax, Employment, Benefits and, sometimes, Securities Law Fasken Toronto Symposium (8th Edition) location location Toronto, ON
Pension Issues in Mergers & Acquisitions CBA/IPEBLA Pensions and Benefits Conference location location Quebec City
Regulatory Risk in Today's Pension Investment Environment Pension De-Risking, Federated Press location location Toronto


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