Former director of engineering firm Genivar, Gilles Blier, is fined $ 15,000 for tolerating and participating in a public contract sharing system at the Ville de Longueuil from 2002 to 2008. The Discipline Committee the Ordre des ingenieurs du Quebec (OIQ), however, did not impose any cancellation period on the engineer.
An influential player in Monteregie at the time, Gilles Blier ran the Longueuil office in Genivar – now WSP Global – and presided over the South Shore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIRS). The engineer was well aware of the system put in place in the 2000s in Longueuil to circumvent the bidding process.
Gilles Blier pled guilty to two disciplinary offenses before the OIQ Disciplinary Committee for failing to discharge his professional obligations and lacking integrity and shaking the profession. He admits having participated "on several occasions" in the system of collusion between engineering firms, but maintains that he has never participated in his "implantation".
"My role was to tolerate and continue in this same process that already existed and in which I did not benefit personally," says Gilles Blier in the Agreed Statement of Facts. This system was not only negative. It allowed "curiously" to ensure a very good quality of services rendered, "because no one wanted to be deprived of contracts from the City," he says in the statement.
Gilles Blier has not worked for Genivar since May 2011. He is not employed by an engineering firm at this time.
The Discipline Council endorsed the joint suggestion of the parties to impose a fine of $ 15,000 on the engineer without a cancellation period. The board notes as an aggravating factor the experience of the engineer and the duration of the infringements. He also considers his admission of guilt and his clean disciplinary record in the decision.
Many former Genivar executives have acknowledged their wrongdoing before the Discipline Committee of the Ordre des ingenieurs du Quebec in recent months. Last week, Genivar's former boss and current Vice President of the Board of WSP Global, Pierre Shoiry, pleaded guilty to two ethical offenses.
In particular, it acknowledged that it failed to take the necessary steps between 2003 and 2010 to "monitor the application of internal guidelines at the tendering process to prevent, stop, terminate or eliminate dishonest and unreliable processes within Genivar ", according to the Agreed Statement of Facts. The parties suggest a fine of $ 75,000. The decision of the council is under consideration.