Genivar fined for contract-fixing

Genivar mise à l’amende pour des contrats truqués

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The company will pay his payment of $ 4 million to the Receiver general of Canada.

The impact of the Charbonneau commission continue to be felt : the engineering firm Genivar, which exists today under the name of WSP Canada, will have to pay 4 million for participating in a system of bid-rigging in connection with contracts of municipal infrastructure in Quebec.

This payment is part of a settlement agreement approved by the Quebec superior Court, on Wednesday, which puts an end to an investigation by the competition Bureau on the role of Genivar in the conspiracy of bid rigging between 2002 and 2011 to secure contracts for infrastructure in the cities of Quebec, Laval, Gatineau and a few municipalities in the Montreal region.

The amount is added to the sums already paid by WSP Canada, which had prevailed in the Program of voluntary refund to the government of Quebec to submit to the tax authorities of the overpayment. The company has also been obliged by the authorities to put in place a recovery programme, and compliance on its methods of internal management in order to halt other illegal activities of this nature in the future.

The company will pay his payment of $ 4 million to the Receiver general of Canada.

The agreement approved Wednesday is part of a series of procedures in this folder. Last February 19, it was the turn of the engineering firm Dessau to be forced to pay 1.9 million, also in connection with rigging bids for contracts of municipal infrastructure between 2003 and 2011 in the same municipalities, in this case Quebec, Laval, Gatineau and a few others in the Montreal area. Dessau was also availed itself of the Program of voluntary refunds from the Quebec government to recover other amounts due.

In addition to the firms themselves, the former leaders also found themselves in the crosshairs of the authorities. The ex-director and assistant vice-president of Dessau in Ottawa, Dave Boulay, was sentenced last January to six months of house arrest and six months of curfew after guilty plea in a case of match-fixing in tenders to the City of Gatineau. Mr. Boulay had admitted to having participated in a scheme that, between 2006 and 2008, has allowed several firms to get share of the contracts.

The competition Bureau had at that time justified the “leniency of the sentence” to be imposed on Mr. Boulay for his cooperation in the investigation and the fact that he was not the instigator of the scheme.

Three other defendants are still before the courts in this folder, is the former vice-president and partner of Cima+ André Mathieu, the former regional director of the Outaouais region for Genivar (now WSP Canada) Claude Marquis and Michel Famery, former regional vice-president of Dessau.