1-year sentence for engineering executive who rigged bids for public contracts in Gatineau

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January 17, 2019 – OTTAWA, ON – Competition Bureau

A former executive for Quebec engineering firm Dessau received a 12-month sentence, including 6 months of house arrest and 6 months under curfew, after pleading guilty today in the Court of Quebec to rigging bids for City of Gatineau infrastructure contracts.

Dave Boulay, formerly Dessau’s Director and Assistant Vice-President, Outaouais, admitted to participating in a bid-rigging scheme from 2006 to 2008 in which several engineering firms conspired to divide up City of Gatineau contracts among themselves.

The City of Gatineau was not aware of the bid-rigging scheme.

Quick facts

  • Following a Competition Bureau investigation, criminal charges were laid in June 2018 against Mr. Boulay and three others in connection with bid-rigging on a total of 21 City of Gatineau infrastructure contracts awarded between 2004 and 2008.

  • Mr. Boulay received leniency in sentencing due to factors including his cooperation with the investigation and the fact that he had no role in the instigation of the bid-rigging scheme.

  • Court proceedings are ongoing against the remaining accused: André Mathieu, formerly Vice-President and Associate for Cima+; Claude Marquis, formerly Regional Director, Outaouais for Genivar (now WSP Canada); and Michel Famery, formerly Regional Vice-President for Dessau.

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