Tom Atkinson Appointed as New Director of Enforcement for the Ontario Securities Commission



    TORONTO, Jan. 23 /CNW/ - The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) today
announced the appointment of Tom Atkinson as its new Director of Enforcement.
Tom joins the OSC after an extensive career in securities regulation,
enforcement and litigation.
    "When we commenced our search, we knew that we would be seeking an
individual who is not only an experienced litigator, but also a strategic
thinker. A person who has a demonstrated record of effecting change," said OSC
Chair David Wilson. "Tom is that person. He possesses the attributes and
experience necessary to lead the Enforcement Branch through the next stage of
its evolution."
    Tom Atkinson was the founding President & CEO of Market Regulation
Services Inc. (RS). While at RS, he focused the organization's culture to be
results-driven. Prior to joining RS, Tom held progressively senior positions
at the Toronto Stock Exchange, including Vice-President, Regulation Services;
Director, Investigations and Enforcement Division; Chief Counsel,
Investigations and Enforcement Division; and Enforcement Counsel,
Investigations and Enforcement Division. From 1993 to 1996, Tom was an
Assistant Crown Attorney in Ontario and litigated numerous criminal matters.
Tom has an LLB from the University of Windsor and a Masters in Public Policy
and Public Administration from McMaster University. Tom was called to the Bar
in 1993.
    "We are pleased to have someone of Tom's calibre joining the OSC and its
dynamic Enforcement team," said Executive Director Peggy Dowdall-Logie. "His
considerable experience and knowledge will be tremendous assets not only to
Enforcement, but to the OSC overall."
    "I am really looking forward to working with the Enforcement team and
accessing the talent pool in the Enforcement Branch," said Tom Atkinson. "The
fast paced environment of enforcement definitely means that I will hit the
ground running."
    Tom Atkinson will join the Commission on February 9, 2009. He replaces
Michael Watson who joined the RCMP Integrated Market Enforcement Program in
September, 2008.




For further information:

For further information: For Media Inquiries: Wendy Dey, Director,
Communications & Public Affairs, (416) 593-8120; Laurie Gillett, Manager,
Public Affairs, (416) 595-8913; Carolyn Shaw-Rimmington, Assistant Manager,
Public Affairs, (416) 593-2361; For Investor Inquiries: OSC Contact Centre,
(416) 593-8314, 1-877-785-1555 (Toll Free)


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