There is nothing Simon Archer likes better than achieving a significant victory for the workers, pensioners and trade unions he represents. Whether helping a union negotiate a right to jointly manage its members’ pension fund, resolving employee trust claims for twice as much as had been hoped for, or developing a novel argument that could result in full pensions for retirees of an insolvent employer, Simon works to protect the retirement security of pension plan members and their families.
Simon also advises the trustees of public and private sector pension and benefit funds across Canada, and assists trade unions and non-profit organizations with their corporate and commercial law needs.
In 2016, Simon was appointed by Ontario’s Minister of Finance to represent the interests of workers and unions in a review of the regulations that apply to Ontario pension funds. He also served as lead researcher for the Ontario Expert Commission on Pensions before joining another union-side labour firm where he represented trade unions and retiree groups in a wide variety of pension, benefits and trust law matters.
When not advocating for his clients, playing soccer or restoring antique lever espresso machines, Simon speaks at seminars and conferences on pension and labour law issues. He has also taught courses and delivered guest lectures at several law schools. A prolific writer, Simon has published extensively on insolvency, pension and labour law issues. He recently co-edited a book of essays written in honour of Harry Arthurs, a leading labour law figure and one of his mentors.
Simon attended Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the Ontario bar in 2002. He is a member of the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers, the Canadian Pension and Benefits Institute and a former member of the executive of the Pension Benefits section of the Ontario Bar Association.