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Larkin v. Johnson, 2023 BCCA 116

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Trustees of the British Columbia Credit Union Employees’ Pension Plan

The trustees of a multi-employer pension plan of BC Credit Unions were again vindicated, this time by the Court of Appeal, in an appeal of the dismissal of a claim brought with the assistance of the BC Government Employees Union in the name of 4 members of the Plan.  The trustees had been accused of breach of fiduciary duty in relation to amendments made to the plan to increase the normal retirement age from 62 to 65 and for failing to appoint trustees who non-management level employees of the participating employers of the plan.  

The Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal largely for the reasons of the trial judge.  This is an important decision in that it confirms that discretionary decisions of trustees of a pension plan are entitled to significant deference.  In particular, unless the discretion of trustees has been surrendered to the court, there are only two circumstances in which a judge can interfere in the exercise of their discretion: 1) if the trustees have taken into account irrelevant, improper or irrational factors; or 2) if they have reached a decision that no reasonable body of trustees properly directing themselves could have reached.

Fasken represented the respondent trustees of the pension plan with a team led by Tracey M. Cohen, K.C (litigation) and included Julia Kindrachuk (litigation).


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