IIROC Sanctions R. J. O’Brien & Associates Canada Inc.

Type: Enforcement Notice> Decision


Andrew P. Werbowski
Director, Enforcement Litigation
Julia Mackenzie
Public Affairs Specialist

December 8, 2022 (Toronto, Ontario) – On November 30, 2022, a Hearing Panel of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) accepted a Settlement Agreement, with sanctions, between IIROC staff and R. J. O’Brien & Associates Canada Inc.

R. J. O’Brien & Associates Canada Inc. admitted to failing to adequately supervise one of its registered representatives in relation to nine specific client accounts by failing to maintain adequate records of its supervisory activities in relation to those accounts.

Specifically, R. J. O’Brien & Associates Canada Inc. admitted to the following violation:

  1. Between February 2016 and February 2018, R.J. O’Brien failed to adequately supervise the activities of one of its Registered Representatives in relation to nine specific Client accounts by failing to maintain adequate records of its supervisory activities in relation to those accounts, contrary to Dealer Member Rules 38.1 and 2500.

Pursuant to the Settlement Agreement, R. J. O’Brien & Associates Canada Inc. agreed to the following penalty:

  1. a fine in the amount of $90,000.

R. J. O’Brien & Associates Canada Inc. also agreed to pay costs in the amount of $10,000.

The Settlement Agreement is available at:

R. J. O’Brien & Associates Canada Inc. – Settlement Agreement

The Hearing Panel’s decision will be made available at www.iiroc.ca.

IIROC formally initiated the investigation into R. J. O’Brien & Associates Canada Inc.’s conduct in January 2019.

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Other Notices associated with this Enforcement Proceeding:

MFDA and IIROC have consolidated

As of January 1, 2023 the MFDA and IIROC have come together as New Self-Regulatory Organization of Canada (New SRO).

New SRO has assumed the regulatory responsibilities of the MFDA and IIROC.

We have set up an interim website for updates and information related to the New SRO including:

  • Executive Management
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