December 22, 2022 (Toronto, Ontario) – The Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada (the “MFDA”) announced that it has issued a Notice of Settlement Hearing dated December 19, 2022, regarding the presentation, review and consideration of a proposed settlement agreement by a Hearing Panel of the MFDA’s Central Regional Council.
The settlement agreement will be between Staff of the MFDA and Albert Marcel Joseph Routhier (the “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 allegations that the Respondent:
- between November 2015 and February 2021, altered, and used to process transactions, 42 account forms in respect of 34 clients by altering information on the account forms without having the client initial the alterations, contrary to MFDA Rule 2.1.1; and
- between April 2016 and July 2019, obtained, possessed, and used to process transactions, 3 pre-signed account forms in respect of 3 clients, contrary to MFDA Rule 2.1.1.
The settlement hearing will take place electronically by videoconference on February 21, 2023, commencing at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern), or as soon thereafter as the matter can be held. Members of the public who would like to obtain further particulars should contact [email protected].
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 business in the Kanata, Ontario 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 76,695 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.