For accepting undue advantages from contractors that were doing business with his employer between 2000 and 2009, while he was Chief Engineer of Public Works at the City of Montreal, Mr. Themens was found guilty of violating a section of the Code of Ethics of Engineers pertaining to situations of conflicts of interests.
Furthermore, Mr. Themens, who was convicted by the Court of Québec for making a false statement during his testimony before the Commission of Inquiry on the Awarding and Management of Public Contracts in the Construction Industry in November 2012, was found guilty of committing a criminal offence related to the practice of his profession, i.e. engineering, in accordance with section 149.1 of the Professional Code.
The sanction imposed by the Disciplinary Council took effect on March 15, 2017. 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.
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 (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.