Denis Gallant

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Denis Gallant, Ad. E.
Inspector General City of Montreal

Mr. Gallant holds a law degree from the University of Sherbrooke and a master’s degree in Law from the University of Quebec in Montréal (UQAM). He has been a member of the Quebec Bar Association since 1990.

In office since February 2014 as the first Inspector General in Canada, his mandate is to promote integrity, and prevent and combat fraudulent tactics as part of the awarding and execution of contracts for the City of Montréal and related agencies.

Prior to his appointment as Montréal’s Inspector General, he was deputy chief counsel of the Commission of Inquiry into the Awarding and Management of Government Contracts in the Construction Industry (CEIC) (Chaired by Justice France Charbonneau). The mandate of the Commission was to:

  1. Examine the existence of schemes and, where appropriate, to paint a portrait of activities involving collusion and corruption in the awarding and management of public contracts in the construction industry (including private organizations, government enterprises and municipalities) and to include any links with the financing of political parties.
  2. Paint a picture of possible organized crime infiltration in the construction industry.
  3. Examine possible solutions and make recommendations establishing measures to identify, reduce and prevent collusion and corruption in awarding and managing public contracts in the construction industry.

Mr. Gallant also served as a prosecutor for many years. Specialized in the criminal prosecution of narcotics related offences and organized crime, he worked in an office of Quebec’s Justice Department dedicated to fighting organized crime (Bureau de lutte au crime organisé). In 2007, he joined the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, where he served as a federal prosecutor and a team leader.He began his career as a lawyer at Montréal’s Legal Aid,where he practiced for more than nine (9) years, mostly in criminal law.

Mr. Gallant has appeared before all courts of criminal jurisdiction in the province of Quebec. As a prosecutor, he worked in several complex organized crime cases before jury and under appeal.

He has been teaching criminal law for several years at the University of Quebec in Montréal, as well as at the Quebec Bar Association School.

In 2011, the Quebec Bar Association awarded him the distinction of Advocatus Emeritus (Lawyer Emeritus).

In 2015, he received the certification of Certified Inspector General from the Inspectors General Institute.

Why did you run for the Board? 

Throughout my career, I have always been dedicated to serving public organizations, first as a criminal prosecutor, then as Deputy chief counsel for a wide scale public inquiry commission, and now as Inspector General of the City of Montréal.

When I was appointed Inspector General, I was the only one to hold such a position in Canada. The task and pressure to create an office that would rapidly conduct investigations and be efficient were tremendous. But during this period, the AIG was always there to offer its support. The tools and advices the AIG provided to me over the years were – and are still – incredibly valuable to my office.

I also had the privilege to benefit from the experience of several Inspectors General in office across the United-States. When fighting against what we, Inspectors General, fight for, it is essential to feel the support of a strong community. I have witnessed firsthand the warm hospitality and the openness of the Inspectors General community.

The importance of the Association

I believe in the great work performed by the AIG. This is why I wanted to get involved in the AIG, to work for the Inspectors General community and to serve on the AIG’s Board of Directors.

What you would like to accomplish as a Board Member?

As the “Canadian” Board Member, I would like to develop the sharing of information and tools between the Inspectors General community and independent agencies in Quebec and Canada (including the few offices of Inspectors General that were recently created). I would also like to work towards making more accessible to those Canadian agencies the certifications and trainings offered to the Inspectors General community in the United-States so that they can also benefit from your experience. I believe that the more the Inspectors General community is diversified, the better the tools Inspectors General have at their disposal will be. Ultimately, I want to continue promoting the concept of Inspector General and the importance of such position to other cities and agencies across Quebec and Canada.