IIROC Sanctions Yonathan Chanoch Shields

Type: Enforcement Notice> Decision


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

January 10, 2022 (Toronto, Ontario) – Following a penalty hearing held on October 20, 2021, a Hearing Panel of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) imposed the following penalty on Yonathan Chanoch Shields:

  1. Disgorgement of $64,054.80;  
  2. Fine in the amount of $40,000;
  3. Suspension until October 20, 2022;
  4. Successfully re-write the CPH examination before he is re-registered; and
  5. Close supervision for one year from re-registration.

Mr. Shields is also required to pay costs in the amount of $35,000.

The penalty decision can be found at:

Re Shields, 2021 IIROC 31

In an earlier decision dated July 20, 2021, the Hearing Panel found that Mr. Shields acted contrary to Dealer Member Rules 1300.1(a) and 1300.1(q).  Mr. Shields failed to know nine of his clients, and implemented a high-risk options on futures trading strategy that was not suitable for these clients. The clients suffered a combined loss of approximately $1.2 million USD. 

The Hearing Panel’s liability decision is available at:

Re Shields, 2021 IIROC 15

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.

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