OBA Award for Excellence in Pensions & Benefits Law

2021 Award Recipient

Murray Gold

Murray Gold
Koskie Minsky

The OBA’s Pensions & Benefits Section is pleased to announce Murray Gold as the recipient of its 2021 Award of Excellence in Pensions & Benefits Law. 

Breakfast Recognition and Annual Meeting Notice 
June 22, 2021 - 8:45 am (Zoom Virtual Celebration) 
Register for the event 

About the Award

The OBA Award of Excellence in Pensions and Benefits Law was established in 2007 to recognize exceptional contributions to the field of pensions and benefits law.  The inaugural award was presented to The Honourable Eileen Gillese in 2009.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the OBA Award of Excellence in Pensions and Benefits Law, an individual must have practiced pensions and benefits law in Ontario, and made a significant contribution in one or more of the following areas:

  • Enhancement of the practice of pensions and benefits law;
  • Development of pensions and benefits law, including teaching, writing and advocacy;
  • Leadership through participation in governmental/regulatory bodies and professional associations, including the OBA;
  • Mentoring and teaching through the sharing of knowledge and experience;
  • Advocacy and/or adjudication.
  • Length of distinguished service

Nominees are required to be members in good standing of the Canadian Bar Association/Ontario Bar Association, currently in practice or retired. Current members of the OBA Pensions and Benefits Section Executive are not eligible to be nominated. Nominations of both practicing and retired members of the Association are encouraged. Note: Retired members must still be members in good standing of the CBA/OBA.

Nomination Procedure

Send in a completed Nomination letter to the Chair of the Award Nomination Committee describing how your nominee meets the Award criteria shown above and gives an overview of the nature and scope of your nominee’s achievements including:

  • Professional and academic qualifications
  • Participation in professional legal organizations
  • Recognized leadership in the Pensions and Benefits bar
  • Recognized contributions to the development of pensions and benefits law and policy
  • Recognized skill in advocacy or adjudication related to pensions and benefits policy

Please attach a copy of your nominee’s CV to provide the Committee. 

While it is not a requirement to notify your nominee that you are putting their name forward, it would be desirable.

Nominations from the previous two years will also be considered by the Committee.

Selection process

The selection of the Award will be made by the Award Nomination Committee.


The award is presented at the Pensions & Benefits Law Section Dinner held in Toronto in June of each year.

Additional Information

Maxine Pun
Sections/PD Co-ordinator
(800) 668-8900 or (416) 869-1047 x 405

Past Recipients

  • 2020 - Kathryn Bush
  • 2019 - Mitch Frazer
  • 2018 - Deborah McPhail
  • 2017 - Elizabeth M. Brown
  • 2016 - Ian McSweeney
  • 2015 - Mark Zigler
  • 2014 - John G. Goodwin Q.C.
  • 2013 - Susan Rowland
  • 2012 - Gary Naschen (PH)
  • 2011 - Raymond Koskie
  • 2010 - John Solursh
  • 2009 - The Honourable Eileen E. Gillese