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Ross Gascho Toronto Lawyer

Ross A. Gascho *

Partner | Leader, Pensions and Benefits Fasken
The move from DB to DC trades the financial risk of DB for the legal risk of DC.
Jurisdiction Ontario, 1990
Language(s) English
Office(s) Toronto
*practising through a professional corporation


Ross Gascho practices exclusively in the area of pensions and employee benefits. He advises clients on all aspects of the implementation, administration, funding, communication, investment, governance and wind-up of pension, group benefit and profit-sharing plans.

Working with administrators, financial institutions, plan sponsors and trustees, Ross advises on issues in federally and provincially regulated defined benefit and defined contribution plans across the private and public sectors, for both union and non-union employees.

A recognized expert in his field, Ross frequently assists employers who are redesigning their broad-based plans, both registered and unregistered, to better fit their business objectives. He also advises clients on pension and benefit issues in corporate transactions.

Ross is recognized by the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Best Lawyers, Acritas Star and Chambers and Partners for his pensions and employee benefits expertise.


Client Work

Date Client

Career & Education


  • MBA University of Toronto
  • LLB University of Toronto
  • BA Wilfrid Laurier University

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, Executive, Canadian Bar Association – Pension & Benefits Section
  • Member and Past Chair, Ontario Bar Association – Pension & Benefits Section
  • Member, National Policy Committee, Association of Canadian Pension Management
  • Member, Regulatory Affairs Committee, International Pension and Employee Benefits Lawyers Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Past Member, Canada Revenue Agency – Pension Advisory Committee
  • Past Member, Financial Services Commission of Ontario – Legal Advisory Committee


Fasken Institute



Article The Latest Details on Ontario’s Pension Plan Canadian HR Reporter
Article Re Indalex Limited: Fiduciary Duty, Deemed Trusts and Constructive Trusts Pension Planning, Volume XVI, No. 2
Article Pension Standards Reform and SERPs Taxation of Executive Compensation and Retirement, v.22, no.3 & 4, Federated Press

Speaking Engagements

The Modern Retirement Saving Envelope Northwind Institute
Impact of Covid-19 on Employer Retirement Plans Northwind Institute
The Regulatory Power: Seeking Regulatory Assistance and Responding to Regulatory Queries Federated Press, 28th Essential Skills for Presentation Committee Members location location Toronto


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