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Curriculum Vitae

Employment

I am a lawyer with expertise in Canadian pension and benefits honed by over 20 years in the consulting industry. At Watson Wyatt (now Towers Watson) I was Director of the Canadian Research & Information Centre, responsible for a number of activities including writing and producing company publications.

Upon leaving Watson Wyatt in 2005, I was appointed editor in chief of Employee Benefit News Canada. The print magazine appeared 6x/year and electronic newsletters were published weekly. In addition, we ran web conferences and initiated a highly successful industry conference. I resigned from that position in April 2009, and the publication was sold to Benefits Canada (Rogers Communications) later in the year.

From May 2009-May 2010, I provided consulting service to the Humber College Centre for Employee Benefits in the development of its new Administration of Capital Accumulation Plans program and supporting marketing materials.

In May 2010 I started my own business offering research, writing and editing services to the business community. I incorporated as Sheryl Smolkin & Associates Inc. in June 2011. Some of the ongoing projects I have been involved in include:

  • Blogging 3x a week on moneyville.ca at Eye on Benefits for two years.
  • Writing features on workplace issues for the Toronto Star.
  • A contributing writer and video interviewer for HRCompliance Insider and HRInsider.ca.
  • A monthly legal column for smallbizadvisor.ca
  • Contributions to Advisor for Business, a quarterly Rogers supplement sponsored by Standard Life
  •  Weekly blogging and other communications projects for the Saskatchewan Pension Plan
  • A suite of bi-monthly publications for a large insurance broker
  • Frequent blogs for Tangerine Bank’s blogging site Forward Thinking
  • A series of articles for Employee Benefits News, the premier U.S. pension and benefits magazine

Education:

LLM. (Distinction) in European Management and Employment Law, University of Leicester
LLB. Osgoode Hall of York University

 

Professional Affiliations:

Ontario Bar Association, Women Lawyers Forum Section
Member at large 2010-to date

Ontario Bar Association, Pension & Benefits Section
Chair: 2001/2002
Member at large: 2005-2008

Canadian Pension & Benefits Institute, Ontario Council
Chair: 1997/98
Member of National Board: 1997/98

International Pension & Employee Benefits Lawyers Association
Journal Editor: 1998-2000
Canada Country Editor: 1998-2005
Conference Committee: 2003 (San Diego); 2005 (Vienna)

International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans

Association of Canadian Pension Management

Employee Benefit News Canada Editorial Advisor

Canadian Tax Foundation