IIROC to Hold Disciplinary Hearing for Former Toronto Investment Advisor Yonathan Chanoch Shields 

Type: Enforcement Notice> Hearing


Charles Corlett
Director, Enforcement Litigation
Andrea Zviedris
Manager, Media Relations

July 15, 2020 (Toronto, Ontario) – A hearing has been scheduled before a Hearing Panel of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) in the matter of Yonathan Chanoch Shields. The hearing, which was adjourned on March 12, 2020, has now been rescheduled.

The discipline hearing concerns allegations that Mr. Shields:

  1. failed to use due diligence to learn and remain informed of the essential facts relative to certain clients, contrary to Dealer Member Rule 1300.1(a); and
  2. failed to ensure that recommendations were suitable for certain clients, contrary to Dealer Member Rule 1300.1(q).

The allegations concern a high-risk strategy that was not suitable for these clients; and that they suffered a combined loss of over $1.3 million USD.

IIROC formally initiated the investigation into Mr. Shields’s conduct in April 2018. The alleged violations occurred while he was a Registered Representative with the Toronto branch of R.J. O'Brien & Associates Canada Inc., an IIROC-regulated firm. Mr. Shields is no longer a registrant with an IIROC-regulated firm.

The hearing is open to the public, unless the Panel orders otherwise. Members of the public who would like to attend the hearing should contact IIROC’s National Hearing Coordinator at [email protected] to obtain the details.  The decision of the Hearing Panel will be made available at www.iiroc.ca.

Hearing Date: The hearing will be held by way of video conference commencing September 14, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

The Notice of Hearing and Statement of Allegations which sets out the allegations is available at:

Shields, Yonathan Chanoch – Notice of Hearing and Statement of Allegations

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 pan-Canadian 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 175 Canadian investment dealer firms and their nearly 30,000 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.

IIROC investigates possible misconduct by its member firms and/or individual registrants. It can bring disciplinary proceedings which may result in penalties including fines, suspensions, permanent bars, expulsion from membership, or termination of rights and privileges for individuals and firms.

All information about disciplinary proceedings relating to current and former member firms is available in the Enforcement section of the IIROC website. Background information regarding the qualifications and disciplinary history, if any, of advisors currently employed by IIROC-regulated firms is available free of charge through the IIROC AdvisorReport service. Information on how to make investment dealer, advisor or marketplace-related complaints is available by calling 1 877 442-4322.


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