RCMP "E" Division


August 18, 2005 16:01 ET

Appointment of Vancouver IMET's new Officer in Charge

Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor VANCOUVER, BC--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 18, 2005) - Superintendent John Sliter, Director of the Integrated Market Enforcement Teams (IMETs), is pleased to announce the appointment of Inspector (Insp.) George Pemberton as Officer in Charge of the Vancouver IMET Office.

"On behalf of the IMET Program, I am pleased to welcome Insp. George Pemberton to our team," said Superintendent John Sliter. "The addition of Insp. Pemberton in Vancouver will significantly enhance the depth of our national team. Within the past several years, he has demonstrated a strong sense of leadership and his background in the field of commercial crime and money laundering investigations has been invaluable. I look forward to his assistance in building upon our continued IMET success."

Insp. Pemberton graduated from the University of Alberta in 1981 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. In 1995, he pursued his education in the field of commerce, obtaining a Master of Business Administration from the Rotterdam School of Management, in the Netherlands. His career with the RCMP has always been closely associated to commercial crime investigations. His expertise ranges from investigations dealing with securities fraud, money laundering, and proceeds of crime, the latter as Officer in Charge. He was also an investigator with the Vancouver Stock Exchange Investigative Services from 1998 to 2000, where he became familiar with corporate frauds and market irregularities.

"I have worked closely in the past with George Pemberton on capital markets issues and know the expertise and knowledge he brings to his new position. The Investment Dealers Association of Canada looks forward to working in partnership with him and the Integrated Market Enforcement Teams", said Alex Popovic, Vice-President Enforcement.

"We welcome George Pemberton's appointment as the lead officer of IMET's Vancouver operations," said Doug Hyndman, chair of the B.C. Securities Commission. "As a securities regulator, we strongly support more effective criminal investigation and prosecution of securities fraud. The IMET partnership offers an opportunity for better deterrence against people who cheat investors and harm our markets and Mr. Pemberton's experience and knowledge of securities matters should help the Vancouver operations to achieve that goal. We look forward to working with the RCMP on this important endeavour as it continues to develop."

About the Integrated Market Enforcement Teams (IMETs)

The IMETs are a group of highly specialized investigators and support staff dedicated to ensuring that those who commit capital markets fraud offences will be detected, charged and prosecuted in an effective and timely fashion.

They are composed of RCMP investigators, Department of Justice Canada legal advisors, securities regulators, representative of other federal enforcement agencies of local jurisdiction, forensic accountants and various support staff.

The objective of the IMETs is to enhance the protection of Canada's capital markets and publicly traded companies and, ensure investor confidence in their efficient functioning in order to maintain Canada's competitiveness, with other countries.

For information contact:

Staff Sergeant John Ward
RCMP - "E" Division
Communication and Issues Analysis Section
(604) 264-2929

Contact Information

  • S/Sgt. John Ward
    Primary Phone: 604-264-2929