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File No. 201894

Re: Adrienne Elizabeth Benoit Simmons


NOTICE is hereby given that a hearing will be held before a hearing panel of the Central Regional Council (“Hearing Panel”) of the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada (“MFDA”) in the hearing room at the offices of the MFDA, located at 121 King Street West, Suite 1000, Toronto, Ontario on October 25, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern), or as soon thereafter as the matter can be heard, to consider whether, pursuant to section 24.4 of By-law No. 1 of the MFDA, the Hearing Panel should accept the settlement agreement (“Settlement Agreement”) entered into between Staff of the MFDA and Adrienne Elizabeth Benoit Simmons (“Respondent”).

The subject matter of the proposed Settlement Agreement concerns matters for which the Respondent may be disciplined as an Approved Person of the MFDA, pursuant to ss. 20 and 24.1.1 of By-law No. 1 of the MFDA.


  1. The proposed Settlement Agreement concerns allegations that the Respondent:
    1. between February 2006 and May 2016, engaged in securities related business beyond the terms of her registration as a mutual fund salesperson by providing investment advice to at least 11 clients in respect of non-mutual fund securities, contrary to the Member’s policies and procedures, and MFDA Rules 1.1.1, 1.1.2, 1.1.5(a) and 2.1.1;
    2. in February 2016, altered, and used to process transactions, two account forms in respect of three clients by altering information on the account forms without having the client initial the alterations, contrary to MFDA Rule 2.1.1; and
    3. between November 2008 and February 2016, obtained, possessed, and in some instances, used to process transactions, 17 pre-signed account forms in respect of 12 clients, contrary to MFDA Rule 2.1.1.
  1. 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.

DATED: Sep 7, 2018

"Paige Ward"

Paige Ward

Corporate Secretary

Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada
121 King St. West, Suite 1000
Toronto, ON M5H 3T9
Telephone: 416-943-5838
Fax: 416-361-9781