The Inspector General and Deputy Inspectors General

Inspector General

Denis Gallant, Ad. E.

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 oversee contracting processes and the carrying out of contracts by the City or a legal person related to the City.

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).

Mr. Gallant also served as a crown prosecutor for many years. Specialized in the criminal prosecution of narcotics related offences and organized crime, he worked in an office of Québec’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 Québec. As a prosecutor, he worked in several complex organized crime cases before jury and under appeal.

For several years, he taught criminal law, in particular, criminal evidence and procedure, in the Faculty of Political Science and Law at University of Quebec in Montréal (UQAM) as well as at the Québec Bar School. He also taught criminal law in the Faculty of Law of University of Sherbrooke and the Faculty of Permanent Education of University of Montréal. Finally, he is often invited to speak at conferences and study days.

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

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

Deputy Inspector General

Brigitte Bishop 

A member of the Quebec Bar Association since 1989, Mrs. Bishop holds a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Ottawa and a post-graduate diploma in financial crime from the University of Sherbrooke.

Mrs. Bishop served as Crown Prosecutor for over 27 years. She has been a member of several teams specializing in criminal prosecution, notably in drugs, criminal biker gangs and proceeds of crime. She also acted as counsel to the executive management team at the Quebec police force (Sûreté du Québec).

Mrs. Bishop appeared before all judicial instances in criminal matters in Quebec.  She has served on various roundtables for the development of municipal, provincial and federal legislations and has also been involved in the conclusion of several agreements and protocols between various government ministries and organisms.

Mrs. Bishop is now Deputy Inspector General.  She oversees the legal team and holds the authority and all the powers of the Inspector General of Montréal.

Deputy Inspector General – Expertise and Analysis

Pierre Egesborg

Mr. Egesborg holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from McGill University and is a member of Quebec’s Order of Engineers.

Mr. Egesborg has worked for the City for over 20 years. He has served as head of the engineering division and interim director of public works for the borough of Saint-Léonard. His most recent position was division head – contract management and technical analyses at the Office of Comptroller General of Montréal. Through this experience, he acquired extensive knowledge of various activities in municipal engineering and in contract procurement, management and analysis.

In 2016, Mr. Egesborg received the certification of Certified Inspector General Investigator from the Inspectors General Institute.

Deputy Inspector General – Inspections and Investigations

Michel Forget

Mr. Forget was a police officer with the Sûreté du Québec for 26 years before taking his retirement in 2015. He held positions in different fields of police work throughout his career but spent the majority of his career in the Criminal Investigation Division of the force, where he was lead investigator in many major criminal cases, mostly involving corruption issues.

Mr. Forget occupied key positions in superior levels of management where he supervised groups of investigators varying in size from 6 to 900 investigators at one point. The last position he held was Director of communications for the Sûreté du Québec. The Sûreté du Québec is the largest police force in Québec, having a territory covering the entire province of Quebec and is composed of more than 7000 members.

Mr. Forget holds a university degree in police management from the University of Québec in Trois-Rivières and is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, in Virginia. He also participated in the counterfeit detection training program offered by the United States Secret Service in Washington. He has been decorated as an Officer of the Order of Merit by the Governor General of Canada in 2012 for his exceptional contribution to the policing community throughout the country.

He recently joined the Bureau de l'Inspecteur Général of the City of Montréal, where he continues to apply his experience, occupying the position of Investigator.

In 2016, Mr. Forget received the certification of Certified Inspector General Investigator from the Inspectors General Institute.