With equal measures of creativity and pragmatism, Deron delivers successful business outcomes at the leading edge of the complex and evolving pensions industry
Deron Waldock is a partner in our National Pensions, Benefits & Executive Compensation Group in Toronto. He provides strategic legal advice to employers with respect to pension plans, profit sharing plans, registered retirement savings plans, welfare benefits plans, retirement compensation arrangements and other areas of executive compensation. He has broad and deep experience with respect to the treatment of plans on purchase or sale of a business and corporate reorganizations (including CCAA) and provides advice as to entitlement to use of surplus assets.
With more than 20 years’ experience in connection with the design, administration, operation and compliance of pension plans, Deron’s clients count on him to deliver results and find creative approaches to their pensions and benefits challenges and deliver results. He is noted in particular for his enthusiastic creativity in devising common sense solutions to complex challenges by disaggregating and reassembling the problem to investigate every possibility and deliver practical, real world advice and guidance.
Deron’s clients look to him for his practical approach to pensions law. He understands that to provide the best advice, he needs to understand your business, your appetite for risk, and how you measure success. Having previously led the legal consulting and compliance practice at a major consulting firm, Deron has developed an appreciation for the not just the legal side of pensions work, but the role actuarial science has in future-proofing his clients’ pension, group benefit and profit-sharing plans. His clients have included universities, municipal bodies, governmental agencies, multinational corporations and jointly-trusteed and multi-employer pension plans. In addition, he has significant transaction experience involving numerous publicly traded entities with pension plans involving employees in numerous Canadian jurisdictions.
Deron has written and spoken at numerous industry conferences in virtually all areas of pension law, including obligations of administrators and other fiduciaries, governance, communication and legal liability, mergers and acquisitions, insolvencies, investments, executive pensions and risk management. Prior to joining McCarthy Tétrault, he was Canadian Practice Leader, Legal Consulting & Compliance at a major international consulting firm, having been previously a partner in the Pension and Employee Benefit Group of a national law firm.
Past chair of both the Canadian Pension and Benefits Institute Ontario Region and the pensions and beneﬁts executive of the Ontario Bar Association, Derron has also been a guest lecturer at Osgoode Hall Law school and was also a member of the FSCO Legal Advisory Committee. Deron has previously been rated as a leading lawyer in the area of pensions and employee benefits in Chambers Global and Martindale Hubbell.
Deron is a member of the Board of Oakville Minor Baseball Association as well as the Central Ontario Baseball Association (COBA). These positions allow him to satisfy his life-long love of baseball as well as his desire to give back to the community.
Deron received his BA from the University of Waterloo in 1989 and his LLB from Western University in 1992. He is called to the Ontario and Alberta bars.