July 9, 2018 (Toronto, Ontario) – A Hearing Panel of the Pacific Regional Council of the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada (“MFDA”) has issued its Reasons for Decision dated July 6, 2018 in connection with a settlement hearing held in Vancouver, British Columbia on June 5, 2018 in the matter of Andrew Thomas Gilchrist (“Respondent”).
In its Reasons for Decision, the Hearing Panel confirmed the sanctions imposed on the Respondent. In particular, the Respondent:
- has paid a fine in the amount of $8,000;
- has paid costs in the amount of $2,500; and
- shall in the future comply with MFDA Rules 2.1.1.
In the Settlement Agreement dated April 30, 2018, the Respondent admitted that between April 2013 and December 2015, he obtained, possessed, and/or used to process transactions, 25 pre-signed account forms in respect of elven clients, contrary to MFDA Rule 2.1.1.
Copies of the Reasons for Decision and the Settlement Agreement are available on the MFDA website at www.mfda.ca. During the period described in the Reasons for Decision, the Respondent carried on business in Kelowna, British Columbia.
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.