A former chief building official for Elliot Lake says he knew about the issues at the Algo Center Mall, but says he was kept in the dark about the severity of them.

Roger Pigeau told the commission Monday morning that he knew the mall wasn't watertight and that there were problems with the parking structure. However during his nearly-20 year tenure as Elliot Lake’s chief building official, he didn't order a property standard inspection.


The former Algo Centre Mall in Elliot Lake, Ont. has been almost completely demolished as an inquiry into the building's roof collapse continues. (Yvon Theriault/CBC)

He said he trusted the owners had everything under control and didn't know the true condition of the building.

Pigeau said he was aware of the 1991 Trow engineering inspection conducted by the owner of the mall, Algocen Realty. But when he asked to see those reports, the owner refused to share the information. Pigeau added he never followed up on the suspicions that owners were hiding something from him.

Pigeau also said that, despite witnessing repair work being completed on the roof-top parking deck, the owners never applied to the city for the appropriate building permits.

Pigeau’s testimony was to continue throughout Monday.

It's been 9 months since a portion of the mall's roof collapsed, leaving two women dead.

Inquiry hearings in Elliot Lake will continue for several months.

Elliot Lake Inquiry schedule of testimony:

Witness Name Dates (subject to change)
Roger Pigeau, Former Chief Building Official, City of Elliot Lake March 22 and 25
Fred Bauthus, Former Chief Administrative Officer, City of Elliot Lake *Will only speak to the first period he acted as CAO, namely February 1990 to July 2000 March 26, 2013
Barbara Cloughley, Former Personnel Manager, Woolco, Former tenant of Mall March 27, 2013
Robert Leistner, Former General Manager and Vice President, Algoma Central Properties March 27-28, 2013
Warwick Perrin, President, Ontario Association of Property Standards Officer Inc. April 2, 2013
Larry Burling, Former Clerk, City of Elliot Lake April 2, 2013
Ken Snow, Former Maintenance Foreman, Algoma Central Properties and Retirement Living April 3, 2013
Paul Meyer, Structural Engineer, P. Meyer Engineering, hired by Algoma Central Properties April 4, 2013
Albert Celli, Engineer, Halsall April 5, 2013
Michael Buckley, Engineer, Halsall April 8, 2013
Jeff Truman, Engineer, Halsall April 9, 2013
Michael A. Luciw, Architect, Yallowega Bélanger April 10, 2013
Richard Quinn, Former Property Manager, Retirement Living April 11, 2013
Blaine Nicholls, Architect, formerly with Nicholls Yallowega Bélanger April 16, 2013
Richard Kennealy, General Manager, Retirement Living April 17-18, 2013
Rhona Guertin, Comptroller, Retirement Living April 19-22, 2013