CSA Securities

Vancouver – The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) today issued its annual report on enforcement activities. During calendar year 2008, CSA members commenced 215 matters against 416 individuals and companies, and concluded 123 cases involving 322 individuals and companies that resulted in monetary sanctions and orders towards costs totalling approximately $14 million.

“CSA members work to deliver responsive, collaborative and effective enforcement that provides protection to investors and builds confidence in the fairness of the capital markets,” said Jean St-Gelais, CSA Chair and President and CEO of the Autorité des marchés financiers. “This report represents the significant efforts of enforcement staff, as well as commission panels, over the last year in litigating and adjudicating breaches of securities laws across Canada.”

CSA members and the courts also:

  • issued 92 interim orders restricting trading by 168 individuals and 112 companies to provide protection to investors while investigations were ongoing;
  • issued 90 reciprocal orders, prohibiting companies and individuals who had been sanctioned in one jurisdiction from operating in another province or territory;
  • ordered respondents to disgorge almost $15.8 million as a result of failure to comply with, or contravention of, securities laws;
  • concluded 28 court proceedings;
  • concluded 40 cases by way of settlement agreements;
  • concluded 55 contested hearings before commission tribunals; and
  • ordered jail terms for six individuals ranging from six months to eight and a half years.

The 2008 Enforcement Report highlights enforcement activities across the CSA and provides statistical data and case summaries that illustrate the enforcement work conducted by CSA members. The Report is available on the CSA website, as well as the websites of various CSA members.

The CSA, the council of the securities regulators of Canada’s provinces and territories, co-ordinates and harmonizes regulation for the Canadian capital markets.

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For more information:

CSA member name

Point of contact

Phone number

Autorité des marchés financiers

Cathy Beauséjour

514 395-0337 ext. 2347

Alberta Securities Commission

Mark Dickey

403 297-4481

British Columbia Securities Commission

Andy Poon

604 899-6880

Financial Services Regulation Division, Newfoundland and Labrador

Doug Connolly

709 729-2594

Manitoba Securities Commission

Ainsley Cunningham

204 945-4733

New Brunswick Securities Commission

Wendy Connors-Beckett

506 643-7745

Nova Scotia Securities Commission

Natalie MacLellan

902 424-8586

Nunavut Securities Registry

Louis Arki

867 975-6587

Office of the Attorney General, Prince Edward Island

Mark Gallant

902 368-4552

Ontario Securities Commission

Carolyn Shaw-Rimmington

416 593-2361

Saskatchewan Financial Services Commission

Barbara Shourounis

306 787-5842

Securities Office, Northwest Territories

Donn MacDougall

867 920-8984

Yukon Securities Registry

Fred Pretorius

867 667-5225