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MFDA issues Notice of Settlement Hearing in respect of Johanna Balbiran

For further information, please contact:

Mark Stott
Vice-President, Prairie Region
Charles Toth
Vice President, Enforcement

MFDA issues Notice of Settlement Hearing in respect of Johanna Balbiran

May 30, 2018 (Toronto, Ontario) – The Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada (“MFDA”) announced that it has issued a Notice of Settlement Hearing dated May 7, 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 Johanna Almonia Balbiran (“Respondent”) and involves matters for which she may be disciplined by a Hearing Panel pursuant to MFDA By-laws. The proposed settlement agreement concerns an allegation that the Respondent, between March 2013 and May 2016, altered and used to process transactions, 13 client account forms in respect of ten clients, by altering information on the client account forms without having the clients initial the alterations, contrary to MFDA Rule 2.1.1.

The settlement hearing will take place on September 11, 2018, commencing at 10:00 a.m. (Mountain), or as soon thereafter as the matter can be held, in the hearing room at the offices of the MFDA, located at 800 – 6th Avenue S.W., Suite 850, Calgary, 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 conducted on business in Calgary, Alberta.

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 82,000 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.

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