For setting up and participating in a contract sharing scheme that allowed him to circumvent the City of Gatineau’s competitive bidding process, Mr. Famery was found guilty of violating three sections of the Code of Ethics of Engineers pertaining to integrity, the use of dishonest or doubtful practices and situations of conflicts of interest.
Mr. Famery’s offences were committed between 2003 and 2007, while he was Regional Vice-President of the firm Dessau.
The penalty imposed – enforceable when the appeal period has expired – reflects Mr. Famery’s excellent cooperation during the Office of the Syndic's inquiry. In its decision, the Disciplinary Council stated that, had it not been for this cooperation, it “would not have hesitated to be tougher and strike his name from the roll for a longer period” to achieve the objectives of example-setting and dissuasion that the penalty must convey to members of the profession.
The full version of the Disciplinary Council’s decision, including the summary of charges, 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 some 61,000 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.