MONTREAL, Nov. 28, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Ordre des ingénieurs du
Québec is announcing today that the Office of the Syndic has completed
some of its inquiries and will file disciplinary complaints against two
engineers. These two engineers will have to answer to the Disciplinary
Council of their professional order for charges in connection with
violations of one section of the Professional Code and several sections
of the Code of Ethics of Engineers concerning a professional's duties
and obligations to clients.
"The OIQ has committed to deploying the necessary means to ensure that
thorough inquiries are carried out and that the engineers who have
committed potentially reprehensible acts are judged by their
Disciplinary Council. The complaints announced today are examples of
the OIQ's continuing efforts to respect its commitment to the public
and its 60,000 members," stated Daniel Lebel, Eng., FIC, PMP, President
of the OIQ.
All of the complaints announced today are related to exclusive
information gathered by the Office of the Syndic during an extensive
inquiry that lasted over two years. The evidence that will be submitted
to the Disciplinary Council is based on tens of thousands of pages of
In accordance with the professional legislation that applies to all
orders, the details of the charges against the two engineers will be
made public when the complaints are heard by the Disciplinary Council.
At this stage of the disciplinary process, only the sections of the
applicable codes are known. None of these complaints are linked to the
testimonies heard by the Charbonneau Commission. However, integrity,
impartiality and the use of dubious processes are at the heart of the
It should also be noted that the scheme the OIQ intends to prove in this
case has been observed elsewhere in the world by organizations that
inventory various types of improper practices related to public
Next step: the Disciplinary Council
The dates for the hearing of the complaints announced today will be made
public on the OIQ Disciplinary Council's Hearing Roll. The Disciplinary Council has 15 members: the Chair (an attorney
designated by the Québec government) and 14 engineers appointed by the
Board of Directors of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec. When a
hearing is held, three people examine the complaint: the Chair of the
Disciplinary Council and two engineers. All hearings are public.
The penalties that may be issued by the Disciplinary Council are those
set out in the Professional Code, which can include permanently
striking an engineer from the OIQ's membership roll. Except in the case
of an acquittal, the decisions of the Disciplinary Council concerning
the complaints announced today can be consulted on the OIQ's Web site. Furthermore, these decisions may be appealed with the Professions
Tribunal or subjected to judicial review.
Interested parties can find more information about all the steps in the disciplinary process on the OIQ's Web site.
About the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec
Founded in 1920, the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec has a membership of
more than 60,000 engineering professionals in all fields, except forest
engineering. The mission of the OIQ is to ensure the protection of the
public by supervising the practice of the profession within the
framework of its constituent laws and ensure that the profession serves
the public interest. For more information, go to http://www.oiq.qc.ca.
The President of the OIQ, who will hold a press briefing after his
speech to the Association des MBA du Québec, will also answer other
questions starting at 1:45 p.m. in the Saint-Charles room of the Queen
Elizabeth hotel (900 René-Lévesque Blvd., Montreal).
SOURCE: Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec
For further information:
Communications and Public Affairs Department
Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec
Tel.: 514 845-5141 or 1 800 461-6141, extension 3253