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MFDA Hearing Panel approves settlement agreement with Timothy Dunlop

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Charles Toth
Vice President, Enforcement

MFDA Hearing Panel approves settlement agreement with Timothy Dunlop

June 16, 2017 (Toronto, Ontario) – A settlement hearing in the matter of Timothy Joseph Dunlop (“Respondent”) was held on June 14, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario before a three-member Hearing Panel of the Central Regional Council of the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada (“MFDA”).

The Hearing Panel approved the settlement agreement (“Settlement Agreement”) between Staff of the MFDA and the Respondent, as a consequence of which the following sanctions were imposed on the Respondent:

  • a permanent prohibition on the authority of the Respondent to conduct securities related business in any capacity while in the employ of or associated with any MFDA Member; and
  • costs in the amount of $5,000;

In the Settlement Agreement, the Respondent admitted that:

  1. in November 2007, he recommended and facilitated unsecured loans from client JS to a third party borrower in exchange for a fee from the borrower, thereby engaging in outside business activities which were not disclosed to and approved by the Member, and/or conduct that could reasonably be perceived as giving rise to a conflict of interest that the Respondent failed to address by the exercise of responsible business judgment influenced only by the best interests of the client, contrary to the policies and procedures of the Member and MFDA Rules 2.1.1, 2.1.4, 1.2.1(d) (now MFDA Rule 1.3), 2.5.1 and 1.1.2;
  2. between December 2010 and March 2015, he failed to report a complaint by client JS to the Member, and engaged in complaint handling without the prior written consent of the Member, contrary to the policies and procedures of the Member, and MFDA Rules 2.1.1, 2.1.4, 1.2.2(b) (now MFDA Rule 1.4(b)), 2.11 and 1.1.2 and MFDA Policy Nos. 3 and 6; and
  3. in May 2015, seven blank pre-signed account forms in respect of four clients were found in the Respondent’s client files, which were obtained and maintained by the Respondent, contrary to MFDA Rule 2.1.1.

A copy of the Settlement Agreement is available on the MFDA website at During the period described in the Settlement Agreement, the Respondent conducted business in Midland, Ontario.

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 83,000 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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