Joseph Grmovsek

Joseph Grmovsek


Toronto, Ontario

White Collar Crime and Rehabilitation Expert

Joseph Grmovsek is a former securities lawyer & rehabilitation expert that offers an unparalleled and one-of-a-kind look into the world of white-collar crime. Joseph Grmovsek offer an unparalleled, one-of-a-kind look into the world of white-collar crime, the unforeseeable consequences, effective ethics, compliance training and information protection. Joseph Grmovsek audiences have included investment funds and portfolio managers, law schools and law firms, business schools, regulatory and professional bodies, central banks, and public corporations and their staff.


Joseph Grmovsek is a former securities lawyer, reformed white-collar criminal, and subject of the educational-documentary film “Collared.”

Joseph Grmovsek is also the first and still the only person in Canadian history to serve a federal sentence of imprisonment for insider trading, having done time in two maximum-security prisons (Millhaven and Kingston Pen) for an over a 15-year activity that involved churning tens of millions of dollars for an eventual eight-figure US dollar gain in what became the most prolonged insider trading case ever uncovered by American and Canadian securities investigators.

After being identified, Joseph Grmovsek cooperated with authorities to absolve many innocent professionals inadvertently swept up in his criminal endeavour, admitted guilt, and began a 39-month prison sentence.

His partner-in-crime and best friend, an American corporate lawyer; however, never made it to sentencing, tragically jumping off a bridge to his death a day before he was scheduled to fly with me to New York to learn his fate.

In honour of him and after a miraculous and life-changing incident that occurred to him in Kingston Penitentiary Joseph Grmovsek dedicated himself to the cause of trying to benefit others through a sharing of what he learned from his negative experiences which include his current efforts to find homes for homeless ex-offenders as the inaugural Program Director for the charity, “Restorative Justice Housing Ontario.”

Joseph’s dramatic story forms the basis of the education-documentary film Collared and, since his release from prison, his talks and speeches either in-person or by Zoom and Webex offer an unparalleled look into the world of white-collar crime, the consequences for those participating in it or affected by it, and the importance of professional ethics and information protection.

Joseph Grmovsek audiences have included investment funds and portfolio managers, law schools and law firms, business schools, regulatory and professional bodies, central banks, and public corporations and their staff.

Joseph’s talks serve as an ethics object-lesson for professionals and organizational bodies as he offers an unparalleled and one-of-a-kind look into the world of white-collar crime, the unforeseeable consequences for those participating in it and affected by it, as well as effective ethics and compliance training, and information protection.

Joseph Grmovsek insights are important for those interested in the protection of the corporate asset that is information, the consequences and reputational damage of failure, “scared straight” ethics training, and the power of redemption.





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Joseph Grmovsek Topic Presentations

financial/corporate/legal and regulatory audiences

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  • Joseph begins by showing the trailer to the documentary “Collared” to establish his credibility on the topic and then discuss how firms can best protect their information by examining the ways others failed and allowed me and my co-accused to successfully obtain sufficient information to support insider trading in over 120 separate deals spanning 15 years in the most prolonged insider trading case ever uncovered.

    Joseph Grmovsek then discuss the unforeseeable consequences of breach of professional ethics and white-collar crime by focusing on his experiences in prison, the personal costs after release, and the tragic suicide of his co-accused.  He concludes with a story about a promise he made at his darkest moment in Kingston Penitentiary and his efforts — with their help that day — to keep it.

general/faith -based audiences

making ethics training effective by making consequences real

protecting the corporate asset and avoiding the consequences of reputation damage for breach

preventing insider trading and its identification and prosecution

providing staff and management with "scared straight" and “cautionary tale’ business ethics training boosters

Joseph Grmovsek travels from Toronto, Ontario & delivers customized and tailored keynote speeches, presentations, workshops and training sessions. on the topics enlisted below. These services are designed for a variety of audiences, industries, and event types and event formats.


I am john Gill, Vice President of Education for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. I have been with the ACFE for 26 years. I first became aware of Joseph Grmovsek through the documentary “Collared”. At my request, he gave a presentation at our Fraud Conference in Ottawa in 2018. Joesph is a dynamic and candid speaker. The audience enjoyed hearing his story of greed, fraud, betrayal and redemption. The evaluations for his presentation were excellent and the attendees said they were really touched by his willingness to share his story – including the mistakes he made and their consequences. Subsequently, Joseph Grmovsek and I have done a live webinar together and...

John D Gill

J.D. CFE Vice President
Education Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

What really struck me with Joseph Grmovsek’s presentation was the honesty with which he spoke and the focus on the after effects that his actions had. It is quite easy to think of them yourself, however having someone explicitly state how they have affected him getting even an apartment let alone a job brings them to a new level of consequences. Often times, just thinking about these consequences does not capture the full weight of what they are. After hearing his presentation, I feel that his stories and experiences were really insightful and inspirational. I really enjoyed his open attitude towards what he did before. The real story is usually more persuasive than theory. This...

Pouya Safi

Telfer School of Management

Thank you so much for being with us and sharing a personal story that touches the hearts! We received an extremely positive feedback about the session! Thank you so much once again!

Anna Anzina

CFA Society Ukraine

Joseph Grmovsek’s talk is real and his stories about what he did and what he lost were compelling and incredibly engaging. As a cautionary tale, his speech and the “Collared” documentary will have more of a lasting impact on those I saw it with than a 100 hours of ethics and compliance training could ever hope.

Garrick Apollon

Senior Fellow
Osgoode Hall Law School

Thank you for coming to speak in our class earlier tonight. Hearing your story was fascinating. I enjoyed every minute of it. Riveting from end to end. Your honesty and openness was so cool to hear firsthand.

Nolan How

MBA Student
University of Ottawa

Articles & Media



I was torn about how to begin this article. Do I grab the attention of readers by describing the story behind my decade-and-a-half career insider trading in Canada and the United States, the churning of tens of millions of dollars, the tragic suicide of my co-accused, and the time spent incarcerated in two maximum security prisons and four jails; or, do I start with a description of the role of which I am proudest, Program Director for Restorative Justice Housing Ontario, a new charity that finds homes for ex-prisoners committed to reform who could not otherwise do so on their own for reasons of limited finances or that same criminal record? Regarding the latter, I know that I could not.....
Collared: A Story of Insider Trading and White Collar Crime

THE Hennick Centre For Business and Law

Collared is a visual legal advocacy project supported by the Fund for Innovation in Law and Media (FILM) established at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, as well as in partnership with the Hennick Centre for Business and Law. The creation of this project was led by lawyers/filmmakers Étienne Trépanier and Garrick Apollon then Fellows of the FILM initiative and Senior Fellows of the Hennick Centre for Business and Law of York University. The project is now completed and had its SOLD OUT world premiere screening at Hot Docs for Continuing Professional Education as an accredited learning activity for professionals aimed at prevention of white-collar crime and promotion of...


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