MONTREAL, June 19, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Ordre des ingénieurs du
Québec (OIQ) has initiated criminal proceedings against the Société des
traversiers du Québec (STQ) and four of its employees for the practice
of illegal engineering on five ships in its yards. Between March 2011
and April 2012, the STQ knowingly encouraged technicians it employed to
perform work reserved for engineers under the Engineering Act, while
Jean-Philippe Bretagne, Cédric Ferland, Thierry Lavoie and Jacques
Breton drafted plans, gave advice and used plans that were neither
signed nor sealed by an engineer member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du
"The practice of illegal engineering can have serious consequences,"
said OIQ president Daniel Lebel, Eng. "In this particular case we were
shocked to find a government corporation encouraging its employees to
violate both the Engineering Act and the Professional Code, putting
public safety at risk. It is our duty at the Ordre to ensure the
profession serves the public interest and protects the public as well.
And we devote all of our efforts to upholding this mission, especially
at times like these."
The Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec became aware of the violations with
regard to the Les eaux scintillantes, Félix-Antoine-Savard,
Camille-Marcoux and Le Grue-des-Iles ships and the
Isle-Verte-Notre-Dame-des-sept-douleurs ferry between July 25, 2012 and
June 7, 2013.
The Ordre filed a total of 14 criminal charges, including seven against
the Société des traversiers du Québec. Penalties for the various
offences range from $3,000 to $13,000 each.
In the course of its investigation, the Ordre also uncovered certain
facts it thought should be passed on to the UPAC anti-corruption
agency, which is conducting a parallel investigation of its own.
About the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec
Founded in 1920, the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec (OIQ) today includes
more than 60,000 professionals among its members, representing all
branches of engineering (except forest engineers). 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 further
information, please visit the OIQ online at http://www.oiq.qc.ca.
SOURCE: Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec
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