Remarks by Howard Wetston Chair, Ontario Securities Commission Private Capital Markets Association Annual Conference June 2, 2014

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On June 2, 2014, the Private Capital Markets Association of Canada (the PCMA) held its 2014 Annual Conference at the Board of Trade in Toronto, Ontario.  There were over 320 attendees at a sold out event. As Chairman of the PCMA, I had the distinct honour and pleasure of introducing our keynote speaker, The Honourable Howard […]

Private markets outpacing public markets – Opportunities for Professional Advisors

Andrea Seidt, the President of North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA), gave the keynote speech on April 1, 2014 at the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) Conference in Florida. One of the themes highlighted in her speech was the increasing number of private offerings that are sold to investors without any registered intermediary involvement […]

“It’s about time!” Ontario Bill to Regulate Financial Advisors


“Well it’s about time!”  That’s what Greg Pollock, the President and CEO of Advocis, The Financial Advisors Association of Canada, says about a proposed new bill to regulate financial advisors in Ontario. Bill 157 , proposed by Ontario Liberal MPP Rick Bartolucci, passed first reading on February 18, 2014.  Bill 157 defines a “financial advisor” as […]

Canada’s New Anti-Spam Law – Top 10 Things You Need to Know!


It is going to get a lot tougher for Canadian companies, securities registrants and others to electronically communicate and market to clients since Canada has recently enacted anti-spam legislation. Below is a top 10 things you need to know list about the new law prepared by Bernice Karn, my Partner at Cassels Brock and Blackwell […]