IIROC hearing on Scott Ford settlement agreement

A hearing has been scheduled before a Hearing Panel of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) to consider whether the panel should accept a Settlement Agreement entered into between IIROC staff and Scott Ford.

The Agreement concerns conduct involving Mr. Ford’s failure to use due diligence to learn the essential facts relative to four clients, and his failure to ensure that recommendations for two clients were suitable.

The hearing is not open to the public, but will become open in the event that the panel accepts the agreement. If the agreement is accepted, the Panel’s decision and the Settlement Agreement will be made available at www.iiroc.ca. The hearing date is on July 7 at the IROC – British Columbia Room, 121 King Street West, Suite 2000, Toronto.

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.

IIROC formally initiated the investigation into Mr. Ford’s conduct in October 2014.  The conduct occurred while he was employed as a Registered Representative with the Richmond Hill Branch of Raymond James Ltd., an IIROC-regulated firm.  Mr. Ford is currently employed as a Registered Representative at the Burlington branch of Aligned Capital Partners Inc., an IIROC Regulated firm.

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IIROC is the national self-regulatory organization which oversees all investment dealers and their trading activity in Canada’s debt and equity markets. IIROC sets high quality regulatory and investment industry standards, protects investors and strengthens market integrity while supporting healthy Canadian 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. – CNW

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