June 6, 2018 (Toronto, Ontario) – A settlement hearing in the matter of Andrew Thomas Gilchrist (“Respondent”) was held yesterday in Vancouver, British Columbia before a Hearing Panel of the Pacific Regional Council of the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada (“MFDA”).
The Hearing Panel approved the settlement agreement dated April 30, 2018 (“Settlement Agreement”) between Staff of the MFDA and the Respondent, as a consequence of which the following sanctions were imposed on the Respondent:
- a fine in the amount of $8,000;
- costs in the amount of $2,500; and
- in the future shall comply with MFDA Rules 2.1.1.
In the Settlement Agreement, 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 eleven clients, contrary to MFDA Rule 2.1.1.
A copy of the Settlement Agreement is available on the MFDA website at www.mfda.ca. During the period described in the Settlement Agreement, 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.