Quebec’s licensing body for engineers, the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec (OIQ), has been disciplining engineers for colluding to obtain municipal government contracts in Montreal, Gatineau and Quebec City.
Last year OIQ disciplined several individuals from large consulting engineering firms, and from government offices. One employee of the City of Montreal was struck from the roll for 10 years for accepting bribes from contractors while working for the City of Montreal.
The OIQ’s rendered its latest decision on January 5 related to projects in Quebec City. It removed Marcel Faucher and Jostran Lamontagne of BPR from its roll for 18 months. Each was found guilty of violating three sections of the Code of Ethics of Engineers for “setting up and participating in a contract sharing scheme that allowed him to circumvent Quebec City’s competitive bidding process.
An article in the French-language newspaper, Le Devoir, noted that OIQ’s discipline committee is conducting ongoing investigations on other individuals.
A statement from the OIQ on June 9, 2014 said it had handled over 1,300 calls to its hotline over ethical breaches during the previous year. It said “The OIQ has committed to protect the public through prevention and disciplinary activities, find concrete solutions to meet the profession’s current challenges, and ensure transparent management.”