Contract sharing scheme in Laval: Claude Asselin struck from the roll for 10 years

MONTREAL, May 16, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Disciplinary Council of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec rendered its decision on guilt and sanction in the case of Claude Asselin, who will be struck from the OIQ’s roll for a period of 10 years.

Mr. Asselin was found guilty of violating several provisions of the Code of Ethics of Engineers, for developing or tolerating a contract sharing scheme that made it possible to circumvent the competitive bidding process of the City of Laval, participating in that scheme and encouraging colleagues to take part in it. He was also found guilty of indirectly requesting amounts of money from contractors or engineering firms so that they could be passed on to a political party. Mr. Asselin’s alleged offences occurred between 2002 and 2006, while he was city manager of the City of Laval.

In addition, Claude Asselin was found guilty of committing a derogatory act by encouraging colleagues to pay the amount of $25,000 to obtain a contract from the City of Montreal in 2010, while he represented Dessau.

The full version of the Disciplinary Council’s decision is available on the OIQ’s Web site. In its decision, the Disciplinary Council also ordered Mr. Asselin to pay all costs in connection with the processing of the complaint, including publication costs.

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.

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