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For further information, please contact:

Charles Toth

Vice President, Enforcement

(416) 943-4619

ctoth@mfda.ca

Mark Stott

Vice-President, Prairie Region

(403) 215-8329

mstott@mfda.ca

MFDA issues Notice of Settlement Hearing in respect of Bryan Church

August 30, 2021 (Toronto, Ontario) – The Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada (“MFDA”) announced that it has issued a Notice of Settlement Hearing dated July 30, 2021, 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 Bryan Brooks Church (“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:

  1. between September 23, 2014 and February 28, 2021, the Respondent obtained, possessed, and in some instances used to process transactions, 25 pre-signed account forms in respect of 17 clients, contrary to MFDA Rule 2.1.1; and
  2. between April 10, 2014 and February 28, 2021, the Respondent altered and used to process transactions, 60 account forms in respect of 48 clients, by altering information on the account forms without having the client initial the alterations, contrary to MFDA Rule 2.1.1.

The settlement hearing will take place by electronic hearing on September 30, 2021, commencing at 11:00 a.m. (Mountain), or as soon thereafter as the matter can be held. Members of the public who would like to obtain particulars should contact hearings@mfda.ca.

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 Souris, Manitoba 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 80,000 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.