Tina Hobday

Lawyer, Partner - Montréal

Quebec Bar 1994
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Tina Hobday, a partner since 2001, has developed considerable expertise in the fields of pension plan litigation and governance and has represented pension interests in several high-profile insolvency proceedings.

She also practices in the area of public and administrative law, and has substantial experience in professional and disciplinary law. As an experienced litigator, she represents clients before the civil and federal courts, including statutory appeals before the Federal Court of Appeal, and before administrative tribunals. 

She has been involved with McGill University for a number of years and recently served as President of the McGill Alumni Association and is currently a member of the Board of Governors of McGill University. She is also a former practice group leader of the firm’s Montréal litigation group. She is the past chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s National Pensions and Benefits Law Section, as well as group leader of the firm’s pensions and benefits law practice group.

Education

2012 – Certificate in Pension Law, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto

1999 – The Techniques of Trial Advocacy, Intensive Seminar, Sherbrooke, Quebec

1993 – Bachelor of Civil Law, B.C.L. (with distinction), McGill University

1993 – Bachelor of Common Law, LL.B. (with distinction), McGill University

1988-1989 – M.B.A. (in part), McGill University

1988 – Bachelor of Arts, German Literature (Honours) (with great distinction)
Swiss Ambassador’s Prize, McGill University

1985 – French Baccalauréat, Health Sciences, Collège Marie de France, Montreal

Rankings & Recognitions

2012 – Recipient of the James A. Robb Award for Exemplary Volunteer Service to the Law Faculty, McGill University

2002 – Recipient of the “President of the Year Award”, McGill Alumni Association

2000-2004 – Four-time recipient of the “Most Significant Contribution Award”, McGill Young Alumni

Publications

Articles

Books

Other Publications

2018 – “Politique de financement : Réfléchir avant d’écrire” (Funding policy: Think before drafting), interview by Pierre-Luc Trudel, Conseiller.ca (May 8, 2018)

2017 – “University can recoup pension payments over ‘unjust enrichment,’ court rules”, interview with The Lawyer’s Daily (November 2017)

2017 – “A look at Quebec’s solvency changes one year on”, interview with Benefits Canada (February 2017)

2017 – “Employees entitled to $23.5 million after employer unlawfully withdrew bridging benefit from pension scheme, court holds”, Lancaster House, Pension & Benefit Law (January 2017, eAlert No. 135)

2016 – “Quebec – Leader of Pack or Lone Wolf”, Benefits and Pensions Monitor at 32 (June 2016, Vol. 26, No. 4)

2014 – “Pension deemed trust outranks secured creditor in Quebec decision”, 26 Comm. Insol. R. at 37 (April 2014)

2014 – “Pension deemed trust outranks secured creditor in Quebec decision”, For Your Benefit – CBA National Pensions and Benefits Law Section Newsletter (March 2014)

2014 – “Pension trust trumps creditor in Timminco”, interview with Canadian Lawyer InHouse digital magazine (February 2014)

2012 – ”New retirement savings vehicles – Federal PRPPs and Quebec VRSPs”, The Canadian Bar Association (August 2012)

2012 – ”Re White Birch Paper Company: The Quebec Superior Court deals with the applicability in Quebec of the Indalex decision”, For Your Benefit – CBA National Pensions and Benefits Law Section Newsletter (July 2012)

2007 – “Enforcement of foreign decisions in Canada”, Reflets Magazine of ESSEC (Paris) (May 2007)

2007 – “Private International Law – Enforcement of foreign judgments”, Legal Bulletin Langlois Kronström Desjardins (April 2007)

2005 – ”The challenges of being an employee and a professional”, De premier ordre (Bulletin of the Certified Human Ressources and Industrial Relations Association of Quebec) (March 2005, Vol. 7, No. 4)

2004 – “To retain or destroy documents? Legal and professional requirements”, Bulletin, Canadian Institute of Actuaries (October 2004, Vol. 15, No. 2)

2002 – Discussion Paper for the Canadian Institute of Actuaries entitled “The impact of the Enron/Worldcom collapses on the actuarial profession in Canada” (November 29, 2002)

1991-1992 – Research assistant to Prof. David Stevens, Faculty of Law of McGill University, on the Ontario Law Reform Commission’s “Report on the Law of Charities” (published 1996)

Events

Langlois Knowledge

Others

2018 – Moderator, “Pension plans – the heads of Quebec associations of employers (CPQ) and unions (CSN) share their respective views”, The Association of Canadian Pension Management (ACPM) (April 4, 2018)

2017 – Speaker at The Osgoode Certificate in Pension Law, session entitled “A Primer on Quebec Pension Law”, Osgoode Hall Faculty of Law Professional Development (March 29, 2017)

2016 – Speaker on recent developments in Quebec (as part of a pan-Canadian panel), Canadian Bar Association webinar entitled “What’s New in Pensions and Benefits: Case Law and Regulatory Update” (June 15, 2016)

2015 – Speaker on recent developments in Quebec (as part of a pan-Canadian panel), Canadian Bar Association webinar entitled “What You Need to Know Now: Pensions and Benefits Case Law and Legislation” (June 18, 2015)

2014 – “Outstanding Pension Deficits in Canadian Insolvencies”, “Benefits Without Borders – Global Pension and Employee Benefits Lawyers Conference” of the Canadian Bar Association in collaboration with the American Bar Association and the International Pension & Employee Benefits Lawyers Association, Chicago, Illinois (June 23, 2014)

2012 – “The Committee on Professional Conduct. Everything you’ve always wanted to know”, Canadian Institute of Actuaries, Webcast (October 25, 2012)

2010 – “Legal Issues Confronting Boards Faced with Shifting Resources”, Spring Educational Meeting of the North American Association of Social Work Boards, Charleston, South Carolina (May 15, 2010)

2009 – ”Discipline : Making Defensible Decisions”, Spring Educational Meeting of the North American Association of Social Work Boards, Québec City (April 25, 2009) 

2008 – “Enforcing Judgments Across Borders”, Vermont Bar Association Annual Meeting (September 26, 2008)

2008 – “How to succeed in the interview process: tips from the pros and traps to be avoided”, Quebec Bar Admissions Course, Quebec Bar (September 11, 2008)

2004 – “Pension Plan Conversions”, Conference on the Administration of Pension Plans, Canadian Institute (November 8, 2004)

2003 – “Sanctions in Professional Disciplinary Matters”, Conference on Discipline, Ethics and the Regulation of Professions, Infonex (December 10, 2003)

2002 – “Research contracts : Liability of the University and Exoneration Clauses”, Aon Parizeau Inc. Conference (January 24, 2002)

2000 – “Expert Witnesses”, Junior Bar Association of Montreal (February 23, 2000)

Involvement

2014-2018 – Member of the Board of Governors, McGill University

2014-2016 – Past President, McGill Alumni Association

2012-2014 – President, McGill Alumni Association

2010-2012 – Vice-President, McGill Alumni Association

Since 2007 – Member of the Executive Committee, McGill Alumni Association

2007-2009 and 2009-2010 – Treasurer, McGill Alumni Association

2007-2009 – Chair, Task Force on Young Alumni, McGill Alumni Association

Since 2006 – Member of the Nominating Committee, McGill Alumni Association

2005-2006 – Alumni Association representative, McGill University Senate Committee on Physical Development

2004-2007 – Director, McGill Alumni Association

2004-2005 – Member, Task Force on Alumni Relations, McGill Alumni Association

2002-2004 – Member, McGill Alma Mater Fund Executive Committee

2000-2004 – McGill Alumni Association representative, Career and Placement Services Advisory Board

2000-2004 – Ex officio Member of the Board, McGill Alumni Association

2000-2004 – President, McGill Young Alumni

1999-2000 – VP Programs, McGill Young Alumni

1998-2004 – Founding Member, Faculty of Law’s Young Alumni Advisory Board, McGill University

1998-1999 – Member, McGill Young Alumni

Professional Associations

2016-2017 – Chair of the National Pensions and Benefits Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association

Since 2015 – Member of the Quebec Regional Council of The Association of Canadian Pension Management (ACPM)

2015-2016 – Vice-Chair of the National Pensions and Benefits Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association

2014-2015 – Treasurer of the National Pensions and Benefits Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association

2013-2014 – Secretary of the National Pensions and Benefits Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association

2014 – Governor of the Quebec Bar Foundation

Since 2014 – Member of The Association of Canadian Pension Management (ACPM)

Since 2011 – Member of the Executive Committee of the National Pensions and Benefits Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association

2011-2012 and 2012-2013 – Co-Chair of the Advocacy and Government Relations Committee of the National Pensions and Benefits Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association

Since 2011 – Member of the Advocacy and Government Relations Committee of the National Pensions and Benefits Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association

2011-2013 – Member of the Board of Directors of Langlois Kronström Desjardins

2009-2010, 2010-2013 and 2013-2015 – Member of the Committee on Discipline of the Quebec Bar

Since 2009 – Practice Group Leader of the firm’s Pension and Benefits Law Group

Since 2007 – Licence for Occasional Practice in Ontario (Law Society of Upper Canada)

2009-2010, 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 – Member of the Liaison Committee between the Montreal Bar and the Tribunal des professions 

2005-2006 – Practice Group Leader of the firm’s Montreal Litigation Group

Since 2004 – Practice Group Leader of the firm’s Professional and Disciplinary Law Group

2001-2004 – Member, Illegal Practice of Law Committee, Montreal Bar

1997-2007 – Member of Student Recruiting Committee, including Head of the Committee and “maître de stage” for a number of years

Since 1994 – Canadian Bar Association

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