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Génius Conseil Inc. to pay $300,000 in fifth Québec bid-rigging settlement

Christian Fernsby ▼ | June 22, 2020
Génius Conseil Inc. has been ordered to pay $300,000 for bid-rigging on municipal infrastructure contracts in Montréal and North Shore municipalities between 2002 and 2012.
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The payment is part of a settlement reached by the Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC) and filed with the Superior Court of Québec.

Génius collaborated with the Competition Bureau and the PPSC early in the bid-rigging investigation through the Leniency Program.

In addition to this collaboration, the settlement takes into account that Génius previously reimbursed overpayments related to the bid-rigging through the Government of Québec’s Voluntary Reimbursement Program.

It also takes into account that the company ceased all commercial operations in November 2014.

This is the fifth settlement with an engineering firm resulting from the Bureau’s ongoing investigation into the rigging of bids for municipal infrastructure contracts in Québec. Five engineering firms have been ordered to pay a total of $8,850,000 for their respective roles in the bid-rigging scheme:

- Genivar (now WSP Canada)
- Dessau
- Roche ltée, Groupe-conseil (now Norda Stelo Inc.)
- SNC-Lavalin

The Bureau’s investigation has also resulted in guilty pleas by four executives of engineering firms Cima+, Genivar and Dessau for bid-rigging on City of Gatineau infrastructure contracts. They received conditional prison sentences totalling five years and 11 months, and court-ordered community service totalling 260 hours.


 

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