File No. 201511
IN THE MATTER OF A DISCIPLINARY HEARING
PURSUANT TO SECTIONS 20 AND 24 OF BY-LAW NO. 1 OF
THE MUTUAL FUND DEALERS ASSOCIATION OF CANADA
Re: Carmine Paul Mazzotta and David John Ireland
(ARISING FROM MOTION ON JUNE 14, 2016)
WHEREAS on November 4, 2015, the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada (the
“MFDA”) issued a Notice of Hearing pursuant to sections 20 and 24 of By-law No. 1 in respect
of a disciplinary proceeding commenced against Carmine Paul Mazzotta and David John Ireland
AND WHEREAS the Respondents served and filed a Reply to the Notice of Hearing on
Thursday, December 3, 2015 in which they deny the allegations made against them;
AND WHEREAS counsel for Staff of the MFDA (“Staff”) and counsel for the
Respondents previously attended appearances by teleconference before a public representative of
the Central Regional Council of the MFDA on Thursday, January 7, 2016 and May 16, 2016 to
address procedural matters including scheduling;
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AND WHEREAS the Respondents delivered a Motion Record dated June 1, 2016 to
commence a pre-hearing motion in accordance with Rule 6 of the MFDA Rules of Procedure in
which the Respondents requested the following relief:
a) an Order amending the Notice of Hearing [by striking out paragraphs 16-19 and 23 of
the Notice of Hearing and by adding paragraph 24A which was drafted by counsel for
b) a direction that the scope of the evidentiary record at the disciplinary hearing be
limited to matters relevant to the single complaint handling allegation made in the
Notice of Hearing;
c) a direction that Staff shall, at the commencement of the disciplinary hearing, confirm
on the public record, the following:
i. that Staff take no position regarding the merits of the Complaint submitted by
ii. that Staff are not seeking a direct or indirect finding from the Hearing Panel on
the merits of the Complaint;
d) in the alternative, a direction that Staff shall make requests of Sterling Mutuals Inc.
(“Sterling”) for and produce to the Respondents to the extent available, the following
i. Copies of the complete file for JN (and his spouse, NG) since the date of the
transfer of their account to a new advisor at Sterling including, but not limited
• all Know-Your-Client forms and account opening documents completed
by JN and NG; and
• copies of all account statements sent to JN and/or NG by their new
investment advisor, to present.
e) an order that the Respondents deliver any additional deliver any additional disclosure
they intend to rely on at the disciplinary hearing no later than 21 days in advance of
the hearing; and
f) such further and other relief as the Hearing Panel may deem just.
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AND WHEREAS the Respondents brought their motion on the basis that the only
contravention alleged in the Notice of Hearing is that the Respondents mishandled the complaint
of one client during a specific time period and the Notice of Hearing does not contain allegations
of regulatory contraventions in respect of the handling of that client’s account by the
AND WHEREAS counsel for the Respondents and counsel for Staff appeared before the
Hearing Panel in person on June 14, 2016 to make oral submissions with respect to the relief
sought by the Respondents in the motion;
AND WHEREAS the Hearing Panel found that evidence relating to the handling of the
client’s account is not relevant to the single allegation in the Notice of Hearing that the complaint
was mishandled and is therefore inadmissible;
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT:
The Respondents’ request to amend the Notice of Hearing is dismissed.
At the Hearing on the Merits, the parties may not tender evidence or conduct cross-
examination relating to the factual allegations made in paragraphs 16, 17, 18, 19 and 23 of the
Notice of Hearing.
The Respondents’ request for an order directing Staff to state that Staff takes no position
regarding the merits of the complaint of JN is dismissed.
The Respondents’ request for additional disclosure is dismissed.
The Respondents shall provide disclosure to Staff in accordance with Rule 10.2 of the
MFDA Rules of Procedure, on or before June 30, 2016.
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The hearing of this matter on its merits shall take place in the hearing room located at the
offices of the MFDA located at 121 King Street West, Suite 1000, Toronto, Ontario from
September 26-29, 2016.
DATED this 14th day of June, 2016.
“P. T. Galligan”
The Hon. P. T. Galligan, Q.C.
DM 492655 v1
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