MONTREAL, July 15, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Ordre des ingénieurs du
Québec (OIQ) has initiated proceedings involving eleven new penal
charges against the Société des traversiers du Québec and four of its
employees for illegally practicing engineering in the work performed on
two ships. The OIQ already filed fourteen other charges last month,
which brings the total number of charges to 25.
Five of the eleven new charges were filed against the Société des
traversiers du Québec and the six others against the government
Between August 2010 and January 2012, the Société des traversiers du
Québec is believed to have knowingly encouraged its technicians to
carry out work reserved for engineers under the Engineers Act, while
René Lebrun, Marc Bélanger and Mathieu Gagnon are said to have prepared
plans and specifications and given advice without holding the title of
engineer. Gilles Gagné is also said to have knowingly encouraged two
technicians who were not members of the OIQ to prepare specifications.
The OIQ has become aware of the alleged offences against the Engineers
Act between July 25, 2012 and June 14, 2013.
Two ships are concerned by the allegations: the
Isle-Verte-Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs ferry (Bas-Saint-Laurent
region) and the Joseph-Savard ship, which operates between
Saint-Joseph-de-la-Rive and L'Isle-aux-Coudres (Charlevoix region).
The fines sought for the various types of offences range from $3,000 to
As a reminder, the fourteen charges announced on June 19 concerned
similar types of offences to those that the government corporation and
four of its other employees allegedly committed.
The OIQ and illegal engineering practice
Illegal engineering practice may have serious consequences on public
protection and safety. That is why the OIQ uses different approaches in
its attempts to prevent and stop illegal practice.
For example, prevention advisors visit the various enterprises and
organizations concerned by the Engineers Act to better inform them
about Québec's professional system. Investigators also visit
construction sites to make sure that the plans and specifications used
are signed and sealed by OIQ members. The OIQ also contacts individuals
who have not renewed their registration on the OIQ's membership roll in
order to remind them that they are no longer entitled to use the title
of engineer or practice the profession. After an inspection, the OIQ
may decide to launch penal proceedings against physical or legal
persons who have violated the Act.
In 2012-2013, 20 new proceedings involving illegal practice have been
launched by the OIQ and 16 judgments have been rendered.
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 the Web site http://www.oiq.qc.ca.
SOURCE: Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec
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