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Charles Toth

Director, Litigation

(416) 943-4619

ctoth@mfda.ca

Mark Stott

Vice-President, Prairie Region

(403) 215-8329

mstott@mfda.ca

MFDA issues Notice of Settlement Hearing in respect of Susan Sears

February 1, 2018 (Toronto, Ontario) – The Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada (“MFDA”) announced that it has issued a Notice of Settlement Hearing dated January 24, 2018 regarding the presentation, review and consideration of a proposed settlement agreement by a Hearing Panel of the MFDA’s Prairie Regional Council.

The settlement agreement will be between Staff of the MFDA and Susan Grace Sears (“Respondent”) and involves matters for which the Respondent may be disciplined by a Hearing Panel pursuant to MFDA By-laws. The proposed settlement agreement concerns an allegation that the Respondent, between September 2014 and May 2016, obtained, possessed, and used to process transactions, 36 pre-signed account forms in respect of three clients, contrary to MFDA Rule 2.1.1.

The settlement hearing is set to take place on March 5, 2018, commencing at 10:00 a.m. (Mountain), or as soon thereafter as the matter can be held, in the hearing room at the Renaissance Edmonton Airport Hotel, located at 4236 36th Street East, Edmonton, Alberta.

MFDA settlement hearings are typically held in the absence of the public pursuant to section 20.5 of MFDA By-law No. 1 and Rule 15.2(2) of the MFDA Rules of Procedure. If the Hearing Panel accepts the settlement agreement, then the proceeding will become open to the public and a copy of the decision of the Hearing Panel and the settlement agreement will be made available at www.mfda.ca.

A copy of the Notice of Settlement Hearing is available on the MFDA website at www.mfda.ca. During the period described in the Notice of Settlement Hearing, the Respondent carried on business in the Grand Prairie, Alberta area.

The MFDA is the self-regulatory organization for Canadian mutual fund dealers, regulating the operations, standards of practice and business conduct of its Members and their approximately 83,000 Approved Persons with a mandate to protect investors and the public interest. For more information about the MFDA’s complaint and enforcement processes, as well as links to ‘Check an Advisor’ and other Investor Tools, visit the For Investors page on the MFDA website.