MONTREAL — SNC-Lavalin says it was justified in firing a former executive last year because it claims he acted illegally to help smuggle the son of Libya dictator Moammar Gadhafi to Mexico.
The engineering giant is defending itself against a nearly $1-million wrongful dismissal lawsuit filed by former controller Stephane Roy.
A newly unsealed police affidavit alleges that unidentified administrators of McGill University Health Centre committed fraud in the awarding of a $1.3-billion contract to SNC-Lavalin Group to build a superhospital in Montreal.
The document confirms for the first time that police suspect one or more MUHC managers were involved in the corruption scandal that has ensnared Canada’s largest engineering firm.
SNC-Lavalin’s former chief executive, Pierre Duhaime, was arrested last November for fraud and using forged documents in connection with the hospital project.
MONTREAL – Canadian engineering giant SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. has hired Watergate investigator Michael Hershman to advise the company on anti-corruption issues as it takes steps to strengthen its business practices amid ongoing police investigations and allegations of wrongdoing involving former employees.
MONTREAL — Troubled engineering giant SNC-Lavalin has hired a former Siemens executive to guide the company on ethics and matters of corporate governance.
Andreas Pohlmann will begin his duties as chief compliance officer on March 1, SNC-Lavalin said Friday.
Former SNC CEO Pierre Duhaime and another former top executive, Riadh Ben Aissa, are facing fraud charges stemming from a contract involving the building of the multibillion-dollar McGill University Health Centre in Montreal.
MONTREAL — The head of infrastructure concession investments at SNC-Lavalin is retiring just months after the engineering giant announced his shift from the position as chief financial officer.
Gilles Laramee, who joined the Montreal-based company in 1986, will retire on Aug. 9. He was replaced as CFO last month by Alain-Pierre Raynaud, a former executive of French nuclear giant Areva.
Montreal – When Montreal’s new english-language megahospital gets built as expected by the end of next year, it’ll be the biggest healthcare complex in Canada. Six thousand medical employees. Five hundred patient beds. Twenty operating rooms with teleconference capability. Some 2.4-million square feet of floor space in all, eclipsing that of the Empire State building in New York City.
SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. is demanding that all independent consultants it does business with complete an “ethics exam” by the end of the year or risk losing their contracts with the company.
The move has provoked indignation among some of those consultants, one of whom denounced “the absurdity” of the engineering giant unilaterally forcing its will on its business associates to attempt to repair its battered reputation.
MONTREAL – When SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. chief executive Jacques Lamarre met a hot-shot engineer named Sami Bebawi for dinner in mid-1998, he was looking for someone who could help turn around the company’s money-losing construction unit after years of losses.
Mr. Lamarre, who now works for Montreal law firm Heenan Blaikie, thought he’d found his man. Mr. Bebawi was a smart and aggressive water specialist, and his small 25-employee firm was snatching up major Quebec contracts from its much larger rivals.