IIROC Hearing Panel Issues Motion Decision in the Matter of Former Montréal Investment Advisor Philippe Bélisle

Type: Enforcement Notice> Decision


Claudyne Bienvenu
Vice-President, Québec and Atlantic
Evelyn Tchakarov
Public Affairs Specialist

May 28, 2021 (Montréal, Québec) — Following a hearing held on April 27, 2021, a Hearing Panel of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) rejected the motion filed by Philippe Bélisle. The motion sought to stay the enforcement proceedings against him.

The Hearing Panel’s decision dated May 17, 2021.

The translated version of this decision will be posted when it becomes available.

The motion concerned an enforcement proceeding against Mr. Bélisle related to allegations that he appropriated a client’s funds for his personal use. It is also alleged that Mr. Bélisle executed unauthorized trades in a client’s account that were inconsistent with good business practices.

The Notice of Hearing and Statement of Allegations are available at:
Bélisle, Philippe - Notice of Hearing and Statement of Allegations​​​​​​​

IIROC formally initiated the investigation into Mr. Bélisle’s conduct in March 2017. The alleged violations occurred when Mr. Bélisle was a registered representative at the Montréal Branch of National Bank Financial Inc., an IIROC-regulated firm. Mr. Bélisle is no longer a registrant with an IIROC-regulated firm.

Documents related to ongoing IIROC enforcement proceedings – including Reasons and Decisions of Hearing Panels – are posted on the IIROC website as they become available. Click here to search and access all IIROC enforcement documents.

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IIROC is the national self-regulatory organization that oversees all investment dealers and their trading activity in Canada’s debt and equity markets. IIROC sets high quality regulatory and investment industry standards, protects investors and strengthens market integrity while supporting healthy Canadian capital markets. IIROC carries out its regulatory responsibilities through setting and enforcing rules regarding the proficiency, business and financial conduct of more than 170 Canadian investment dealer firms and their more than 29,000 registered employees, the majority of whom are commonly referred to as investment advisors. IIROC also sets and enforces market integrity rules regarding trading activity on Canadian debt and equity marketplaces.

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