Contract sharing scheme in Laval and Montreal: Yves Théberge struck from the roll for 42 months

MONTREAL, July 24, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - The Disciplinary Council of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec rendered its decision on guilt and penalty in the case of Yves Théberge, who will be struck from the roll for a period of 42 months. In its decisions, the Disciplinary Council also ordered Mr. Théberge to pay all costs in connection with the proceedings, including publication costs.

A decision concerning a contract sharing scheme in Laval and Montreal
For participating in a contract sharing scheme that made it possible to circumvent the competitive bidding processes of the cities of Laval and Montreal and paying a bribe to a political party in order to obtain a contract, Mr. Théberge was found guilty of violating several provisions of the Code of Ethics of Engineers, which specifically concern the use of dishonest and doubtful practices, a lack of integrity and conflicts of interests.

Mr. Théberge was also found guilty of failing to fulfill his professional obligations by tolerating the practice of wrongfully attributing invoices to various projects.

Mr. Théberge's alleged offences were committed between 2002 and 2009, while he was Vice-President of CIMA+. The full version of the Disciplinary Council's decision, including the summary of charges, is available on the OIQ's Web site.

A decision concerning an attempt to hinder the syndic
For failing to satisfactorily answer the questions of the duly authorized investigators of the Office of the Syndic, Mr. Théberge was found guilty of violating the Code of Ethics of Engineers by attempting to hinder the syndic. The Disciplinary Council pointed out that Mr. Théberge violated his obligation to cooperate with his professional order, even though his refusal resulted from his desire to not provide information that would have a self-incriminating effect in view of pending criminal proceedings.

The alleged offences occurred in December 2015 during the inquiry on Mr. Théberge's involvement in a contract sharing scheme. The full version of the Disciplinary Council's decision, including the summary of charges, is available on the OIQ's Web site.

As a reminder, the sanctions imposed by the Disciplinary Council are meant to protect the public by dissuading professionals from repeating offences and by setting an example for other members of the profession.

About the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec
Founded in 1920, the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec (OIQ) has a membership of 62,000 engineering professionals in all fields, except forest engineering. The OIQ strives to be a reference for professionalism and excellence in engineering as well as a unifying organization. Its mission is to protect the public by acting to ensure that engineers serve society with professionalism, compliance and integrity in the public interest. For more information, go to www.oiq.qc.ca.

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SOURCE Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec

For further information: Aline Vandermeer, Communications Advisor, Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec, Tel.: 514 845-6141 or 1 800 461-6141, extension 3253

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