Hugh Wright is McInnes Cooper’s CEO and Managing Partner. He is Group Leader of the firm’s Pensions & Benefits Practice Group, and a leader in Canada’s retirement income industry.
Hugh provides advice to pension plan sponsors, administrators, employee groups and governments in all areas of the pensions and benefits field. He regularly advises pension plan sponsors and administrators concerning pension standards legislation, guidelines, common law requirements, pension governance requirements and pension issues arising from corporate transactions. He acts for administrators, employers and employee groups in pension related litigation.
Hugh has been listed in Chambers Canada 2018, Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2018) and Lexpert in the area of pensions and benefits law. He has also been recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada as Employee Benefits Lawyer of the Year for Halifax for 2017 and listed for his practice in Employee Benefits law since 2006.
He is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Association of Canadian Pension Management and is a director of the Canadian Bar Insurance Association. Hugh is a past Chair of the National Pensions and Benefits Section of the Canadian Bar Association and Vice Chair of the Judicial Compensation and Benefits Committee of the CBA. He is also a member of the Canadian Pension and Benefits Institute, the International Pension and Employee Benefits Lawyers’ Association and the International Foundation of Employee Benefits Plans. Hugh regularly presents on pension and benefits topics to pension industry groups.
Hugh is active in various community organizations and is the former Chair of the firm’s Pro-Bono Committee. He is the inaugural recipient of the CBA Pro Bono VIP Award for contributions to pro bono legal services in Canada.
Affiliations & Activities
- Association of Canadian Pension Management (Chair, Board of Directors)
- International Pension and Employee Benefits Lawyers Association
- International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
- Institute of Corporate Directors
- Director, Canadian Bar Insurance Association
- Canadian Pension & Benefits Institute
- Canadian Bar Association
- Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society
LL.B., Dalhousie University (1992)
B.A. (Hons.), Queen's University (1987)