January 29, 2018 (Toronto, Ontario) – A discipline hearing was originally scheduled before a Hearing Panel of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) in the matter of Joseph Debus on February 5, 2018. At a pre-hearing conference held on January 19, 2018, Mr. Debus’ agent requested an adjournment of the hearing. IIROC staff did not consent to the date proposed by Mr. Debus’ agent. After hearing submissions from both parties, the Hearing Panel adjourned the hearing to Monday, June 18, 2018.
The hearing concerns allegations that Mr. Debus recommended off-book transactions, effected unauthorized and discretionary trades and made unsuitable recommendations.
The hearing is open to the public, unless the Hearing Panel orders otherwise. The decision of the Hearing Panel will be made available at www.iiroc.ca.
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Hearing Date: June 18, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.
Location: IIROC, 121 King Street West, Suite 2000, Toronto, Ontario
Specifically, the allegations are that:
- In 2009, Mr. Debus recommended that two clients purchase shares of Myscreen Mobile Inc. outside of their accounts held with him, without disclosing this activity to his employer contrary to IIROC Dealer Member Rule 29.1.
- Between August 2009 and August 2012, Mr. Debus effected unauthorized trades in the account of one client, contrary to IIROC Dealer Member Rule 29.1.
- Between June 2009 and February 2013, Mr. Debus engaged in discretionary trading in a client’s account, without the account having been accepted and approved as a discretionary account, contrary to IIROC Dealer Member Rule 1300.4.
- Between December 2011 and February 2013, Mr. Debus failed to use due diligence to ensure that recommendations made for a client were suitable based on the client’s investment objectives and risk tolerance, contrary to IIROC Dealer Member Rule 1300.1 (q).
IIROC formally initiated the investigation into Mr. Debus’ conduct in June 2014. The alleged violations occurred while he was a Registered Representative with the Toronto branch of Macquarie Private Wealth Inc., an IIROC-regulated firm at the time. Mr. Debus is currently an IIROC registrant employed by Echelon Wealth Partners Inc. in Toronto.
The Notice of Hearing and Statement of Allegations which sets out the allegations is available at: Debus, Joseph – Notice of Hearing and Statement of Allegations
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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.
Other Notices associated with this Enforcement Proceeding:
07/24/19Toronto Investment Advisor Joseph Debus Seeks Review of IIROC DecisionsType: Enforcement NoticeSubtype: Hearing
04/01/19IIROC Hearing Panel Finds Toronto Investment Advisor Joseph Debus LiableType: Enforcement NoticeSubtype: Decision
04/16/19IIROC to Hold Penalty Hearing for Toronto Investment Advisor Joseph DebusType: Enforcement NoticeSubtype: Hearing
01/03/19IIROC Hearing Panel Issues Motion Decision in the Matter of Toronto Investment Advisor Joseph DebusType: Enforcement NoticeSubtype: Decision
01/29/18IN THE MATTER OF Joseph Debus – AdjournmentType: Enforcement NoticeSubtype: Hearing
11/02/17IN THE MATTER OF Joseph Debus – Discipline HearingType: Enforcement NoticeSubtype: Hearing
07/17/17IN THE MATTER OF Joseph Debus – Appearance to set a hearing dateType: Enforcement NoticeSubtype: Hearing
10/07/21IN THE MATTER OF Joseph Debus – Review DecisionType: Enforcement NoticeSubtype: Decision