IIROC Sanctions BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc.

Type: Enforcement Notice> Decision


Richard Korble
Vice-President, Western Canada
Julia Mackenzie
Public Affairs Specialist

October 13, 2022 (Vancouver, British Columbia) – On October 4, 2022, a Hearing Panel of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) accepted a Settlement Agreement, with sanctions, between IIROC staff and BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. (“BMO NBI”).

BMO NBI admitted to violating IIROC Rules 38.1 and 2500 by failing to adequately supervise the activities of an RR in relation to two client accounts that involved high new issue commissions and high turnover ratios which should have raised suitability and conflict of interest concerns.

Specifically, BMO NBI admitted to the following violation:

  1. Between January 2011 and March 31, 2017, BMO NBI failed to adequately supervise the activities of an RR in relation to the Accounts both on the tier 1 and tier 2 compliance levels contrary to Dealer Member Rules 38.1 and 2500.

Pursuant to the Settlement Agreement, BMO NBI agreed to the following penalty:

  1. a fine in the amount of $125,000.

BMO NBI also agreed to pay costs in the amount of $15,000.

The Settlement Agreement is available at:

BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. – Settlement Agreement

The Hearing Panel’s decision will be made available at www.iiroc.ca.

IIROC formally initiated the investigation into BMO NBI’s conduct in January 2019. BMO NBI is an IIROC regulated firm.

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Other Notices associated with this Enforcement Proceeding:

MFDA and IIROC have consolidated

As of January 1, 2023 the MFDA and IIROC have come together as New Self-Regulatory Organization of Canada (New SRO).

New SRO has assumed the regulatory responsibilities of the MFDA and IIROC.

We have set up an interim website for updates and information related to the New SRO including:

  • Executive Management
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