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Canada: Two engineering executives plead guilty to bid-rigging

 |  July 28, 2019

Two former executives of engineering firms Cima+ and Genivar (now WSP Canada) pleaded guilty Friday, July 26, in the Superior Court of Quebec for participating in a bid-rigging scheme that bilked the City of Gatineau out of an estimated CA$1.8 million (US$1.4 million) over 5 years.

André Mathieu, formerly Vice-President and Associate for Cima+, admitted to playing a lead role in the scheme, which targeted Gatineau infrastructure contracts between 2004 and 2008. Mr. Mathieu received a 22-month sentence and was ordered to perform 140 hours of community service.

Claude Marquis, formerly Regional Director, Outaouais for Genivar, admitted to joining the scheme in 2005. Mr. Marquis will be sentenced at a later date.

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

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