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Former SNC-Lavalin VP fined $30K for role in contract-sharing scheme

The offences occurred between 2002 and 2009.

September 14, 2020  By CCE

Yves Cadotte

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The disciplinary council of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec (OIQ) has rendered its decision on guilt and sanction in the case of Yves Cadotte, Eng. (pictured). He has been ordered to pay three fines totalling $30,000.

Cadotte is sanctioned for tolerating or participating in a contract-sharing scheme for engineering services in the cities of Montreal and Longueuil, Que. The offences occurred between 2002 and 2009, while he was vice-president (VP) of business development for a division of SNC-Lavalin.

In its decision, the disciplinary council pointed out Cadotte had violated ethical obligations “that strike at the very heart of practising his profession” and his actions cast a shadow on the entire engineering profession. The full version of the decision is available on the Société québécoise d’information juridique (SOQUIJ) website here.

Sanctions imposed by the council are meant to protect the public by dissuading engineers from repeating offences and by setting an example for other members of their profession.


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2 Comments » for Former SNC-Lavalin VP fined $30K for role in contract-sharing scheme
  1. Jason says:

    Has anyone looked into how much SNC profited or the revenues attributed to these actions? Why are these never reported? 30K for what the OIQ noted as “that strike at the very heart of practicing his profession” is a slap in the face of all the other engineers that do professionally and ethically practice. Until these people loose their license, possibly are criminally charged and the fines come in line with what the revenues/profits are they will keep doing this.

  2. David P. Thompson says:

    Jason raises a very good question. What is a reasonable amount of resources to provide a safe design in Montreal? Does the Montreal method of procurement of professional services ensure that safe and economical designs are produced? I my lifetime I have seen the effective reduction of engineering services fees of over 30 % while the cost of construction being the only industry to increase in cost? It appears to me that the Quebec Government believes the the public interest if the QIQ acts only as an advocate of consumers of Engineering Services .

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