Securities Law & Instruments


[Update: The terms and conditions imposed by the Director in this decision were removed as at January 26, 2011.]


In the Matter of the Registration of
Denise Marie Camden


Opportunity to be Heard by the Director
Subsection 26(3) of the Securities Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. S.5



Date of decision: June 2, 2009
   
Director: Erez Blumberger
Manager, Registrant Regulation
Ontario Securities Commission
   
Written Submissions by: Rebecca Stefanec, Registration Officer
Michael Denyszyn, Legal Counsel
For staff of the Ontario Securities Commission

Denise Marie Camden
For the Registrant


Background

[1] Denise Marie Camden (the Registrant) has been registered under the Securities Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. S.5 (the Act) as a mutual fund salesperson for PFSL Investments Canada Ltd. (PFSL) since August 15, 2007.

[2] On March 18, 2009, PFSL submitted a financial disclosure change notice to the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) indicating that the Registrant had filed an assignment in bankruptcy under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. B-3, on December 9, 2008.

[3] On March 27, 2009, OSC staff sent a letter to the Registrant and to PFSL proposing terms and conditions for monthly close supervision reporting, be imposed on the registration of the Registrant.

[4] The Director may restrict a registration by imposing terms and conditions under section 26 of the Act, but must provide the registrant with the opportunity to be heard by the Director.

[5] The Registrant requested an opportunity to be heard through written submissions. The Registrant’s initial submission was received on April 16, 2009. The submission of OSC staff was sent to the Registrant in a letter dated May 7, 2009. A further submission from the Registrant was received on May 20, 2009.

Submissions

Summary of the Registrant’s submissions

[6] The Registrant asked that her registration be allowed to continue without terms and conditions. She noted that PFSL would no longer continue to sponsor her registration as a mutual fund salesperson if there are terms and conditions imposed on her registration.

[7] The Registrant wished to be able to keep her mutual fund license as she is the sole income provider in her household since her husband is disabled. She explained that she had overextended her credit during a period of high gas prices to meet her day to day obligations because her income was insufficient to cover her household bills and the cost of her courier business.

[8] The Registrant notes that she has always done what is in her clients’ best interest and that she has developed a client base at PFSL that she services regularly. She also notes that she has not had any client complaints.

Summary of staff’s submissions

[9] OSC staff recommended to the Director that the registration of the Registrant be subject to close supervision, as the filing of personal bankruptcy has a bearing on the Registrant’s financial solvency because there is a risk that the Registrant may engage in self-interested activities at the expense of clients.

[10] It is OSC staff’s practice to impose close monthly supervisory terms and conditions on the registration of an individual who has filed for personal bankruptcy.

Analysis

Suitability for registration

[11] The fit and proper standard for registration is both an initial and an ongoing requirement for registrants. The fit and proper standard is based on three well established criteria that have been identified by the OSC:

The [Registrant Regulation] section administers a registration system which is intended to ensure that all Applicants under the Securities Act and the Commodity Futures Act meet appropriate standards of integrity, competence and financial soundness …
(Ontario Securities Commission, Annual Report 1991, Page 16)

[12] When analyzing these criteria staff consider:
  • integrity – honesty and good faith, particularly in dealings with clients, and compliance with Ontario securities law;
  • competence – prescribed proficiency and knowledge of the requirements of Ontario securities law; and
  • financial soundness – an indicator of a firm’s capacity to fulfill its obligations and can be an indicator of the risk that an individual will engage in self-interested activities at the expense of clients.

[13] In this case neither the Registrant’s integrity nor her competence are in question. However, filing for bankruptcy raises concern regarding the financial soundness of the Registrant. To mitigate the potential increased risk concerning self-interested activities by the Registrant, OSC staff recommended that terms and conditions for monthly close supervision reporting be imposed on the registration of the Registrant.

[14] It is OSC staff practice to impose terms and conditions for monthly close supervision reporting on an individual’s registration should that person file for bankruptcy, receive a garnishment, receive a requirement to pay overdue taxes, or file for a consumer proposal. The terms and conditions are removed when the financial obligations resulting from the event have been satisfied. This practice is consistent with the investor protection mandate of the OSC.

Decision

[15] I find that the filing for personal bankruptcy does have a negative impact on the Registrant’s financial soundness. Based on the submissions filed and the reasons set out above, it is my decision to impose the terms and conditions as set out in Exhibit A on the registration of Denise Marie Camden.

June 2, 2009

“Erez Blumberger”
Manager, Registrant Regulation




EXHIBIT “A”



Proposed Conditions For Registration

of

Denise Marie Camden



Monthly Close Supervision Reports are to be completed on the registrant’s sales activities and dealings with clients. The supervision reports are to be retained with the sponsoring firm and must be made available for review upon request.

These terms and conditions are to continue until six months after discharge and the certificate of discharge has been provided to the OSC.



_______________________________
Approved Officer for
PFSL Investments Canada Ltd.
_______________________________
Denise Marie Camden
   
_______________________________
Print Name of Signatory Above
 
   
_______________________________
Date
_______________________________
Date




EXHIBIT “A” (cont.)


Standard Monthly Close Supervision Report*

Denise Marie Camden


I hereby certify that supervision has been conducted for the month ending ____________ of the trading activities of Denise Marie Camden, by the undersigned. I further certify the following:
  1. All orders from the salesperson were reviewed and approved by a compliance officer or branch manager of PFSL Investments Canada Ltd.
  2. There were no client complaints received during the preceding month. If there were complaints, a description of the complaint and follow-up action initiated by the company is attached.
  3. All payments for the purchase of the investments were made payable to the dealer. There were no cash payments accepted.
  4. The transactions of the salesperson were reviewed during the preceding month to ensure compliance with the policies and procedures of the dealer, including the suitability of investments for clients. If there were any violations, a description of the violation and follow-up action is attached.

________________________________
Signature
Compliance Officer/Branch Manager of PFSL Investments Canada Ltd.
Printed name of signatory above:




________________________________
Date

     * In the case of violations or client complaints, the regulator must be notified within five business days.