France Michaud, who entered a guilty plea, was found guilty of violating the Code of Ethics of Engineers for proceeding to develop a contract sharing scheme that made it possible to circumvent the competitive bidding process of the City of Boisbriand, participating in said scheme, and being involved in potentially harmful practices for the public or the profession.
Furthermore, Ms. Michaud was found guilty of demonstrating conduct unworthy of her profession and failing to meet her ethical obligations, in particular by coordinating activities involved in the collection and distribution of money so that the firm Roche could obtain contracts in Montreal, Boisbriand and its surroundings.
Ms. Michaud’s alleged offences were committed between 2002 and 2009, while she was vice-president of Roche.
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 Ms. Michaud to pay all costs in connection with processing the complaint, including publication costs.
The costs in connection with processing the complaint are payable within 30 days of the decision. The sanctions faced by Ms. Michaud, which include being permanently struck off the roll and paying the publication costs, are enforceable when she registers again on the OIQ’s roll.
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.
About the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec
Founded in 1920, the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec has a membership of some 63,000 engineering professionals in all fields, except forest engineering. The OIQ’s aim is to be a unifying organization and a reference for professionalism and excellence in engineering. 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.foiq.qc.ca