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CIRO announces disciplinary proceeding in respect of Susan Armitstead

October 25, 2023 (Toronto, Ontario) – The Canadian Investment Regulatory Organization (“CIRO”) has commenced disciplinary proceedings in respect of Susan Armitstead (the “Respondent”). In its Notice of Hearing dated September 19, 2023 (the “Notice of Hearing”), Staff of CIRO alleges that the Respondent engaged in the following violations of the Mutual Fund Dealer Rules:

Allegation #1Between February 3, 2016 and May 10, 2018, the Respondent misappropriated or otherwise failed to account for client monies, contrary to Mutual Fund Dealer Rule 2.1.1 (formerly MFDA Rule 2.1.1).

Allegation #2:  Between February 4, 2016 and January 3, 2018, the Respondent:

  1. recorded false or misleading notes in the Dealer Member’s back office system;
  2. or made false or misleading statements to the Dealer Member during supervisory inquiries ,

contrary to Mutual Fund Dealer Rule 2.1.1 (formerly MFDA Rule 2.1.1).[1]

The first appearance in this proceeding will take place by teleconference before a Hearing Panel of CIRO’s Alberta District Hearing Committee on November 23, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. (Mountain), or as soon thereafter as the appearance can be held, to schedule a date for the commencement of the hearing on the merits and to address any other procedural issues.

The appearance will be open to the public, except as may be required for the protection of confidential matters. Members of the public who would like to listen to the teleconference should contact [email protected] to obtain particulars.

A copy of the Notice of Hearing is available on the MFDA website at During the period described in the Notice of Hearing, the Respondent conducted business in the Onoway, Alberta area.

The Canadian Investment Regulatory Organization (CIRO) is the national self-regulatory organization that oversees all investment dealers, mutual fund dealers and trading activity on Canada’s debt and equity marketplaces. CIRO is committed to the protection of investors, providing efficient and consistent regulation, and building Canadians’ trust in financial regulation and the people managing their investments. For more information, visit


[1] Staff alleges that, at the time of the misconduct, the Respondent contravened MFDA Rules 2.1.1 which is now incorporated into Mutual Fund Dealer Rule 2.1.1 referred to in this proceeding.

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