MONTREAL, Nov. 28, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The current confidence crisis in
engineering provides an opportunity to implement sustainable solutions
that will make Québec a world leader in integrity and efficiency. This
was the message conveyed today by Daniel Lebel, Eng., FEC, PMP, the
President of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec, at a lunch conference
of the Association des MBA du Québec, which was attended by over 175
"We must learn lessons from today's events so that we can prevent them
from recurring. Québec society and consulting engineering firms need to
come out on top of this crisis and we engineers have a duty to become
inspiring examples by demonstrating how to resolve it," stated Mr.
In his speech, the President of the OIQ gave a preliminary review of the
initiatives taken by the OIQ to fulfill its commitment.
On the topic of protecting the public, he pointed out that no engineer
is above the laws, the ethics and the Code of Ethics, which is why
around thirty engineers must now answer to the OIQ's Disciplinary
Council in matters involving corruption, collusion and illegal
political party funding.
Mr. Lebel also discussed the OIQ's efforts to broaden the boundaries of
the professional system by creating a program to audit the business
practices of consulting engineering firms. The program was announced in
May and is now in the process of being developed in cooperation with
the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ).
Mr. Lebel repeated that the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec is stepping
up research and training activities with its members on the issues of
professional independence, contract management, ethics, conflicts of
interest and the supervision of construction work.
In connection with the proposed vision, the President of the OIQ took
the opportunity provided by this event to launch the idea of creating
an independent integrity institute that would monitor, research and
disseminate best business practices around the world in the
construction and engineering industries. Not only would the institute
provide information on continuously evolving best practices, but it
could also increase Québec's ability to manage and complete quality
projects at reasonable costs. It would allow Québec to distinguish
itself and become a world leader in infrastructure and other types of
project management. It would also leave an indelible, but positive mark
on the current crisis.
"We need to work together to transform the ethical standards involved in
the business practices of the engineering and construction industries.
But not just in those industries. All business communities should be
concerned. The entire province should come out on top of this crisis.
Together, we can make the necessary changes," concluded the President
of the OIQ.
His full speech is available 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.
SOURCE: Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec
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