Sonia T. Mak is a partner in our Toronto office and the leader of the Pension and Benefits Group of the Firm's Toronto office. She focuses her practice on pensions and benefits law. She has advised many different stakeholders – including plan administrators, pension fund trustees, investment managers and other service providers, employers and their non-Canadian parents, and individual beneficiaries with respect to different types of retirement income plans and benefits plans. In particular, she has worked closely with clients in the establishment of retirement income and benefits plans, plan mergers, plan conversions, transfers of plan assets and liabilities, plan wind-ups, transfer of jurisdiction of registration, and pensions and benefits arrangements in corporate transactions.
Sonia is an active member of the Pensions and Benefits Law Sections of the Ontario Bar Association and the Canadian Bar Association. As co-chair of the Advocacy and Government Relations Committee of CBA's Pensions and Benefits Law Section (2011-2015), she led various submissions on legislative changes and the development of regulatory policies. She is currently the Vice-Chair of CBA's Pensions and Benefits Law Section.
Clients note that Sonia "does all the drafting and does a really good job" and "her responsiveness is excellent". Her peers say Sonia is "very effective in consolidating comments and materials from many sources" and her "commitment, responsiveness, diligence and knowledge of the law have all been outstanding". She is characterized by observers as "dedicated, hard-working and very diligent".
Prior to coming to Canada in 1989, Sonia practised as a corporate lawyer in Hong Kong. She is fluent in Cantonese, and reads and writes the Chinese language.
Sonia was the inaugural Chair of BLG's Diversity and Inclusion Committee (2010-2018).