For participating in a contract sharing scheme that made it possible to circumvent the competitive bidding processes of the cities of Laval and Montreal and encouraging a peer to participate in it, Mr. Bédard was found guilty of violating several provisions of the Code of Ethics of Engineers, which specifically concern the use of dishonest and doubtful practices and conflicts of interests.
Mr. Bédard was also found guilty of paying or agreeing to pay a bribe to a political party in order to obtain a contract, or during the execution of work.
Mr. Bédard’s alleged offences were committed between 2003 and 2006, while he was President of the firm Sintra.
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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