IIROC to Hold Penalty Hearing for Former Montréal Investment Advisor Philippe Bélisle

Type: Enforcement Notice> Hearing


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

July 27, 2021 (Montréal, Québec) — A penalty hearing has been scheduled before a Hearing Panel of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) in the matter of Philippe Bélisle.

The Hearing Panel will consider the penalty to be imposed as a result of its decision dated June 28, 2021, which found that Mr. Bélisle appropriated a client’s funds for his personal use and executed unauthorized trades in a client’s account that were not within the bounds of good business practice.

The Hearing Panel’s liability decision is available at Bélisle, Philippe - Decision

Date of hearing: The hearing will be held by videoconference on September 13, 2021 at 9:30 a.m.

The penalty hearing is open to the public unless the Hearing Panel orders otherwise. Members of the public who wish to attend must contact IIROC’s National Hearing Coordinator at [email protected] for more information. The decision of the Hearing Panel will be made available at www.iiroc.ca.

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 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 of varying sizes and business models, and their more than 30,000 registered employees. 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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