NORR Engineering The 2012 accident sent debris crashing through two floors of the shopping center, killing two and injuring numerous others. Related Links: Elliot Lake Inquiry website/PDF of Norr Ltd. forensic engineering report of Algo Centre Mall collapse In the northern provincial town of Elliott Lake on May 15, the former head of a now defunct Ontario engineering firm will appear in court to face charges related to the June 2012 collapse of a local mall's rooftop parking structure that resulted in two deaths and other injuries.Ontario's Ministry of Labor announced on April 22 that it had charged Robert Wood—a
Canada's national police force raided the Montreal offices of engineer SNC-Lavalin on April 13, seeking information about missing funds allegedly used by former executives to procure work in Libya.The raid underscores troubles in the firm's overseas projects. The chief executive resigned following the departure of two other senior executives earlier. The firm also said on April 2 that the World Bank had temporarily suspended its unit in Bangladesh from bidding on a $2-billion bridge project there while a bank probe of corruption allegations continues. The allegations are noted in a "confidential" bank report, but the firm said the lender's action
Efforts to restart projects stalled by the Libyan civil war have enmeshed Canadian engineer SNC-Lavalin in controversy and apparently triggered the dismissal of two of its top executives.On Feb. 9, the Montreal-based firm announced the dismissal related to "questions regarding the conduct" of two executives who have been "the focus of public attention." The company has not issued another statement or clarified how the two men’s efforts to assess and restart work on the Libyan projects may have violated company rules.SNC-Lavalin announced that Riadh Ben Aissa, executive vice president of construction and infrastructure, and Stephane Roy, vice president-controller for that
Montreal-based SNC-Lavalin is acknowledging that one of two former senior executives had business dealings with a Canadian woman now in jail in Mexico on charges that she tried to smuggle Moammar Gadhafi's son into that country. The company said in a Feb. 9 announcement that Executive Vice President Riadh Ben Aïssa and Vice President-Controller Stéphane Roy were effectively no longer with the company. No reasons were given, other than a statement that “questions regarding the conduct of SNC-Lavalin employees have recently been the focus of public attention.”Roy has been linked with Cynthia Vanier, the woman at the center of the
Courtesy of Bengladesh Bridge Authority Padma Bridge, at center of alleged bidding scandal, would be the largest bridge in southeast Asia when completed in 2014. Canada’s national police force is continuing its probe into alleged corrupt bidding practices by employees of SNC- Lavalin, Montreal, in connection with the $2.9-billion Padma Bridge project in Bangladesh.Acting on a referral by the World Bank, which is believed to be providing $1.2 billion of the project funding, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) executed search warrants at the company's offices in September. A police spokesman confirms the investigation but won't disclose why it was
In a move designed to eliminate a constant drain on the public purse, the Canadian government has sold the commercial reactor division of Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. to Montreal-based SNC-Lavalin for $15 million, plus royalties from the sale of new reactors and extension projects on existing ones. The government retains ownership of the CANDU reactor technology developed by the division, and the the medical isotope business. Under the agreement, which closes in October, SNC-Lavalin subsidiary CANDU Energy will take over the division's three business lines, which include servicing and rehabilitating existing reactors and building new ones. It commits the
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