MFDA issues Notice of Settlement Hearing regarding Professional Investment
Services (Canada) Inc.

TORONTO, Oct. 7 /CNW/ - The Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada ("MFDA") today announced that it has issued a Notice of Settlement Hearing 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 Professional Investment Services (Canada) Inc. (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:

    
      (a) the Respondent failed to fully carry out the terms of an Agreement
          and Undertaking with the MFDA; and

      (b) the Respondent, between March 2007 and December 2008, failed to:

         i.   implement an adequate branch review program;
         ii.  adequately review and approve amendments to Know-Your-Client
              ("KYC") information;
         iii. ensure that the KYC information on its back office system
              corresponded to the KYC information in client files;
         iv.  maintain or complete KYC information on client accounts;
         v.   implement an adequate two-tier compliance structure which
              ensured that branch managers were supervising trading activity
              at the branch office level and that sufficient evidence of the
              review of the suitability of client trading activity was
              maintained; and
         vi.  adequately review and approve the opening of new client
              accounts and then permitted trading in such accounts.
    

The settlement hearing is scheduled to commence at 11:00 a.m. (Mountain) on October 9, 2009 in the Hearing Room located at the Fairmont Palliser Hotel, 133 9th Avenue S.W., Calgary, Alberta. The hearing will be open to the public, except as may be required for the protection of confidential matters. A copy of the Notice of Settlement Hearing is available on the MFDA website at www.mfda.ca.

The MFDA is the self-regulatory organization for Canadian mutual fund dealers, regulating the operations, standards of practice and business conduct of its 145 Members and their approximately 75,000 Approved Persons with a mandate to protect investors and the public interest.

SOURCE Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada

For further information: For further information: Shaun Devlin, Vice-President, Enforcement, (416) 943-4672 or sdevlin@mfda.ca


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