TORONTO, Nov. 25, 2016 /CNW/ - A penalty hearing has been scheduled before a Hearing Panel of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) in the matter of Earl Marek. The Hearing Panel will consider the penalty to be imposed as a result of their decision dated October 3, 2016, which found that Mr. Marek acted contrary to IIROC Dealer Member Rule 29.1. Mr. Marek was found to have facilitated off book transactions for two clients without the knowledge or approval of his member firm. The Hearing Panel's liability decision is available at: http://docs.iiroc.ca/DisplayDocument.aspx?DocumentID=C853B88A609D4ABCAB4C81817EECF1CB&Language=en The penalty 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. Documents related to ongoing IIROC enforcement proceedings - including Reasons and Decisions of Hearing Panels - are posted on the IIROC website as they become available. Click here to search and access all IIROC enforcement documents. Hearing Date:Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.Location: Atchison & Denman, 155 University Avenue, 8 th Floor, Toronto, Ontario IIROC formally initiated the investigation into Mr. Marek's conduct in October 2014. The violations occurred while he was a Registered Representative with the Toronto branch of Macquarie Private Wealth Inc. ("Macquarie"), now known as Richardson GMP Limited, an IIROC-regulated firm. Mr. Marek is no longer a registrant with an IIROC-regulated firm. * * * IIROC is the national self-regulatory organization which oversees all investment dealers and their trading activity in Canada's debt and equity markets. IIROC sets high quality regulatory and investment industry standards, protects investors and strengthens market integrity while supporting healthy Canadian capital markets. IIROC carries out its regulatory responsibilities through setting and enforcing rules regarding the proficiency, business and financial conduct of dealer firms and their registered employees and through setting and enforcing market integrity rules regarding trading activity on Canadian equity marketplaces. 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.