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December 2019
FAIR Focus:  The Investor Protection Clinic / Introducing FAIR Canada's New Directors

Investor Protection Clinic at Osgoode Hall Law School ~ Celebrates Second Anniversary

Have your investments been mishandled? Do you need legal advice?

FAIR Canada and Osgoode Hall Law School co-founded the first Investor Protection Clinic (IPC) at a Canadian law school in 2017 with seed money from the Law Foundation of Ontario and a cy-prés award from a court-approved settlement of a securities class action. The IPC provides free legal advice to people who believe their investments were mishandled and cannot afford a lawyer. Student caseworkers under the oversight of the clinic's academic director and co-director, and with advice from supervising lawyers from pro-bono law firms, conduct in-take interviews, assess whether the clinic can assist, and where possible draft and submit documents to pursue the clients' complaints or claims. The IPC also engages in community outreach to raise the profile of the clinic and its role in assisting retail investors recovery of financial losses due to mishandling of their investments by a financial institution or their representatives.
FAIR Canada congratulates Professor Poonam Puri, Academic Director and all of the staff members of the IPC for the success of the IPC has achieved. The clinic has been successful in obtaining redress for investors in several cases which are described in the IPC Annual Report.
Ermanno Pascutto, Executive Director at FAIR Canada, attended the recent reception to commemorate the Clinic's anniversary. The photos below is taken with the law students and faculty members directing the IPC. 

Law students Anxhela Adhamidhis and Aryan Pour-Bahreini, have achieved great results in two recent cases both resulting in compensation for investors in excess of $100,000.  For additional details regarding these two cases  see below for case summary links.

FAIR Canada Announces New Directors
FAIR Canada issued a press release on November 6, 2019 to announce the appointment of three new members to its board of directors, Wanda Morris, Pat Foran and Line Deslandes. These additions to our board of directors enhance our national perspective and add to the strength of our organization. We welcome the new directors to FAIR Canada.
Wanda Morris is a Vancouver based CPA and social activist with over three decades of business experience, and a campaigner, advocate and media commentator. She is a former columnist for Post Media (Grey Matters) and Zoomer Magazine. Ms. Morris has led public advocacy campaigns on a number of issues including investor protections, pension security, medically assisted dying, and improving safety in long-term care. She is the Chair of the Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investment's Consumer and Investor Advisory Council, a past member of the Ontario Securities Commission's Seniors Expert Advisory Committee and a Board Member of Obesity Canada. Wanda holds a B.Comm from the University of Calgary and a Masters of Arts Degree in Transforming Spirituality from Seattle University.
Pat Foran is an award winning journalist with the CTV for over 40 years. He is the Consumer Advocate for CTV and currently hosts CTV Toronto's "Consumer Alert". Pat has helped consumers recover millions of dollars, exposed scams, warned about unsafe products and passed on countless money saving tips to the public. He is also the author of four national bestselling books on consumer and financial issues. His latest is "The Smart, Savy Young Consumer", designed to help young Canadians spend and save wisely.
Line Deslandes has worked in finance and capital markets for close to 20 years, providing legal services and leading legal and compliance teams for banks, portfolio managers and investment funds in Canada, Europe and the U.S. including National Bank, Royal Bank of Canada, State Street Global Advisors, O'Leary Funds and FORT L.P. Line has also worked as consultant to the World Bank Group advising on capital markets issues.
"FAIR Canada is pleased to have these experienced individuals with their diverse and extensive backgrounds join the board of directors.  They bring their extensive knowledge of investors rights and consumer advocacy to FAIR. We look forward to their contributions to FAIR's mission of being a leading national voice for investors in securities regulation, said Guy Lemoine, Co-Chair"
"With the addition of these new members of the board of directors who provide their perspectives and experiences from Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal, FAIR Canada has enhanced its strength as an advocate for the rights of individual investors and the integrity and fairness of the Canadian capital markets, said Ellen Roseman, Co-Chair."
FAIR Canada in the News
Globe and Mail 
December 3, 2019
Rob Carrick
A group that stands up for the rights of everyday investors is fighting for survival. FAIR Canada needs funding, and it's asking securities regulators for support.

Advisor's Edge
November 7, 2019
The Canadian Foundation for the Advancement of Investor Rights (FAIR Canada) has added three new directors to its board, the investor ...

Investment Executive
November 7, 2019
James Langton
The Canadian Foundation for the Advancement of Investor Rights (FAIR Canada) has added three new directors to its board, the investor advocacy group announced Thursday. Wanda Morris, Pat Foran and Line Deslandes have joined the FAIR Canada board.  Deslandes has worked in investment industry compliance, Morris is an accountant and social activist and Foran is a TV journalist and consumer advocate.

Investment Executive
November 6, 2019
Rudy Mezzetta
Ontario's fall economic statement includes a commitment to establish a securities modernization task force, in light of the fact that the Securities Act has not been reviewed since 2003.
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