TORONTO, Oct. 25, 2013 /CNW/ - On October 2, 2013, a Hearing Panel of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC), accepted a Settlement Agreement, with sanctions, between IIROC staff and Graeme Dickson.
While a registrant at CIBC Investor Services Inc., Dickson signed the signatures of four of his clients on various account documents without their consent. He did so simply as a matter of convenience and not for personal financial gain. Specifically, Mr. Dickson admitted to the following violation:
(a) In April 2012, Graeme Dickson forged client signatures on various account documents, which was conduct unbecoming or detrimental to the public interest, contrary to IIROC Dealer Member Rule 29.1.
Pursuant to the Settlement Agreement, Mr. Dickson agreed to the following penalties:
(a) A fine in the amount of $7,500;
(b) A six-month suspension from registration in any capacity with IIROC; and
(c) A requirement to re-write the Conduct and Practices Handbook within six months of re-registration with IIROC in any capacity.
Mr. Dickson also agreed to pay costs in the amount of $1,000.
The Decision is available at
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IIROC formally initiated the investigation into Mr. Dickson's conduct in July 2012. The conduct occurred when he was a Registered Representative with a Toronto branch of CIBC Investor Services Inc., an IIROC-regulated firm. Mr. Dickson is no longer a registrant with an IIROC-regulated firm.
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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
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