IN THE MATTER OF Joseph Debus – Review Decision

Type: Enforcement Notice> Decision


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

October 7, 2021 (Toronto, Ontario) – On January 27 and 28, 2021, the liability and penalty decisions of a Hearing Panel of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) in the matter of Joseph Debus dated March 18, 2019 and June 25, 2019 were reviewed by the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC).

The OSC released its decision on August 31, 2021 and found no justification to interfere with the Merits Decision or the Penalty Decision and dismissed Mr. Debus’ application.

Mr Debus is appealing the OSC’s decision to the Divisional Court.

The OSC’s decision is available at:  Debus (Re), 2021 ONSEC 22

The Hearing Panel’s liability decision is available at:  Re Debus, 2019 IIROC 05

The Hearing Panel's penalty decision is available at:  Re Debus, 2019 IIROC 18

Further information about the OSC review can be found at: Debus, Joseph OSC File No. 2019-16

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