Enforcement Notice Hearing - IN THE MATTER OF Robert Justin Ahrens- Appearance to set a hearing date

VANCOUVER, March 6, 2013 /CNW/ - An appearance has been scheduled before a Hearing Panel of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC), for the purpose of setting a date for the disciplinary hearing in the matter of Robert Justin Ahrens.

The discipline hearing concerns an allegation that Mr. Ahrens failed to adequately supervise Registered Representative, Doreen Lowe.

The set date appearance is open to the public, unless the Hearing Panel orders otherwise. The date for the discipline hearing will be made available at www.iiroc.ca.

Set Date Appearance:  Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.
Location:            Reportex Agencies Ltd.
  925 West Georgia Street, Suite 1010
  Vancouver, B.C.

Specifically, the allegation is that:

From December 2008 to March 2009, Mr. Ahrens, as Branch Manager, failed to adequately supervise Registered Representative Ms. Lowe, contrary to IIROC Dealer Member Rules 1300.2 and 2500.

IIROC formally initiated the investigation into Mr. Ahrens' conduct in April 2010.  The alleged violation occurred when Mr. Ahrens was a registrant at Research Capital Corporation, now Mackie Research Capital, an IIROC-regulated firm. Mr. Ahrens is currently a registrant with TD Waterhouse Canada Inc, an IIROC-regulated firm.

The Notice of Hearing which sets out the allegations is available at: http://docs.iiroc.ca/DisplayDocument.aspx?DocumentID=BEE42E7C8FCC40A7AC0EF3D48D3BFCEE&Language=en.

Documents related to ongoing IIROC enforcement proceedings - including Reasons and Decisions of Hearing Panels - are posted on the IIROC website as they become available. Click here to search and access all IIROC enforcement documents.

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IIROC is the national self-regulatory organization which oversees all investment dealers and trading activity on debt and equity marketplaces in Canada. Created in 2008 through the consolidation of the Investment Dealers Association of Canada and Market Regulation Services Inc., IIROC sets high quality regulatory and investment industry standards, protects investors and strengthens market integrity while maintaining efficient and competitive capital markets.

IIROC carries out its regulatory responsibilities through setting and enforcing rules regarding the proficiency, business and financial conduct of dealer firms and their registered employees and through setting and enforcing market integrity rules regarding trading activity on Canadian equity marketplaces.

IIROC investigates possible misconduct by its member firms and/or individual registrants. It can bring disciplinary proceedings which may result in penalties including fines, suspensions, permanent bars, expulsion from membership, or termination of rights and privileges for individuals and firms.

All information about disciplinary proceedings relating to current and former member firms is available in the Enforcement section of the IIROC website. Background information regarding the qualifications and disciplinary history, if any, of advisors currently employed by IIROC-regulated firms is available free of charge through the IIROC AdvisorReport service. Information on how to make investment dealer, advisor or marketplace-related complaints is available by calling 1.877.442.4322. 

SOURCE: Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) - General News

For further information:

Enforcement Contact:
Warren Funt
Vice President, Western Canada
604 331-4750

Media Contact:
Charlene Fong
Public Affairs Specialist
416 943-5846


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