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Dante Manna


Queen’s Marque
600-1741 Lower Water Street
Halifax, N.S.
B3J 0J2



Language(s) spoken: English

Bar Admission(s): Nova Scotia, 2015

Legal Assistant(s): Crystal Palmer

Dante is a labour and employment lawyer specializing in pensions, benefits, and executive compensation.  Dante helps employers and plan administrators establish, maintain and administer benefits and pension plans and represents them in regulatory proceedings and claim-related disputes.  He also assists plans with reviewing investment subscription agreements and service contracts, and advises on plan governance, texts and policies.

Dante provides full service in labour and employment matters, from employment agreements, policies, and equity compensation plans, to collective bargaining, workforce management, and dispute resolution.  His ultimate goal in all matters is to develop an understanding of his client’s interests and help them reach practical, lasting resolutions as quickly as possible.

A former mathematics professor and, prior to that, professional Lego model builder, Dante takes joy in solving difficult technical problems, employing creativity within a framework, and explaining complex concepts to audiences of varying sophistication. In addition to his quantitative abilities, Dante brings focused thought, determination and dedication to his work.

Dante has interest in all things tech and innovation and has been leading practice re-engineering efforts in the labour and employment group at Stewart McKelvey.   He is a passionate supporter of professional development, as a frequent author of thought leadership pieces, invited speaker on legal topics, and organizer of seminars, webinars and conferences.

Education & Career


Certificate in Pension Law, Osgoode Hall, 2017
Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law, LLB/JD, 2014
Tulane University, PhD (Mathematics), 2006
Wesleyan University, BA, 2001


Section Executive, CBA National Pension & Benefits Section, 2023-present
Council Member, CPBI Atlantic Council, 2019-present
Board Member, Halifax Sexual Health Centre, 2016-2023
Member, Canadian Bar Association

Thought Leadership


Co-presenter, “Federal Focus”, Stewart McKelvey Labour and Employment webinar

January 27, 2022

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