VIRL partners with BCSC to offer free online investment fraud awareness seminar

June 18, 2020


Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) and the British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) are hosting a free webinar on June 24 to help people recognize investment fraud and avoid becoming a victim of it.

“Fraud deprives someone of their money through deceit or dishonesty, and can occur in many forms,” says Doug Muir, Director of Enforcement at the BCSC. “As fraudsters seek new victims and opportunities, learning how to protect yourself is more important than ever. While seniors and other vulnerable members of our community are often the targets and victims of fraud, it can happen to anyone.”

Using actual cases that took place on Vancouver Island, Mr. Muir will explain common techniques that fraudsters employ, and will discuss how to recognize, reject and report investment fraud to the BCSC.

“VIRL is excited to partner with the BCSC to help educate and inform our community members about the realities and dangers of investment fraud,” says Melissa Legacy, VIRL’s Director of Library Services and Planning. “This webinar will help to foster better awareness of the risks investment fraud poses to us all, and aligns perfectly with VIRL’s commitment to supporting lifelong learning.”

Webinar date: Wednesday, June 24 from 12 – 1 p.m. Register here.

Those who register to attend using Zoom will have an opportunity to comment and ask questions to the presenter. The event will also be live-streamed on Facebook (comments disabled) and uploaded to VIRL’s YouTube channel for future viewing.

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About Doug Muir

Doug Muir is the Director, Enforcement, at the British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC). He oversees administrative investigators and litigators, the criminal investigation team, and the Commission’s collections actions.

Before becoming the Director of Enforcement, Mr. Muir was Associate General Counsel in the Office of the Chair at the BCSC where he provided expert legal advice on a variety of matters, including administrative law procedures and privacy law. Prior to being Associate General Counsel, Mr. Muir spent seven years as Litigation Counsel with the Litigation team of the BCSC’s Enforcement division where he prosecuted a wide range of cases before the Commission tribunal and argued cases in the British Columbia courts.

Prior to joining the BCSC in 2004, Mr. Muir worked for six years as litigation counsel with a mid-sized Vancouver law firm, and before that was an associate at a Vancouver firm where his practice focused on criminal and quasi-criminal defense work.

He holds a law degree from the University of British Columbia, and a B.A. from Western University.