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Stephanie Teodoridis
Senior Public Affairs and Corporate Communications Specialist

CIRO Hearing Panel issues Reasons for Decision in the matter of Robert George Watts

Winnipeg (Manitoba) January 12, 2024 – Following a settlement hearing held on December 6, 2022, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, a hearing panel of the Prairie Regional Council of the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada (MFDA) accepted the settlement agreement dated December 5, 2022 between MFDA Staff and Robert George Watts.

The hearing panel’s reasons for decision, dated January 8, 2024, are available at:

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In its reasons for decision, the hearing panel confirmed the sanctions imposed on Robert George Watts:

  • a fine in the amount of $20,000; and
  • costs in the amount of $2,500 upon acceptance of the settlement agreement.

During the period described in the Notice of Hearing, Robert George Watts conducted business in the Winnipeg, Manitoba area.

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Background information regarding the qualifications and disciplinary history, if any, of advisors currently employed by CIRO-regulated investment firms is available free of charge through the AdvisorReport service. Information on how to make dealer, advisor or marketplace-related complaints is available by calling 1-877-442-4322.

CIRO investigates possible misconduct by its member firms and individual registrants. It can bring disciplinary proceedings which may result in sanctions including fines, suspensions, permanent bars, expulsion from membership, or termination of rights and privileges for individuals and firms.

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