The CEO of the Canadian Museum of History, who was on the centre of a office harassment investigation, has resigned simply two months earlier than his official retirement date.
Mark O’Neill was the topic of a criticism final summer season that prompted the investigation. Sources have informed Radio-Canada that the criticism was associated to O’Neill’s administration fashion and his temperament.
The investigation was completed in late January and submitted to Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault.
The federal authorities has not offered an replace to the general public on the state of affairs on the museum or its response to the investigation.
O’Neill’s departure was confirmed by the museum in a press release on Wednesday.
“The board of trustees of the Canadian Museum of History has received the resignation of museum director Mark O’Neill, effective April 6. A permanent director of the Canadian Museum of History is expected to be appointed soon,” mentioned Bill Walker, a spokesperson for the museum.
O’Neill was named president and CEO of the Museum of History in 2011. His second five-year mandate was as a result of finish in June this yr.
Investigation outcomes by no means made public
Neither the museum nor O’Neill offered further data on the circumstances surrounding his departure.
In a press release, O’Neill mentioned the Canadian Museum of History and the Canadian War Museum are amongst Canada’s “great cultural institutions.”
“It was an honour to lead them, in service to our country. Over 33 years in the public service, I was privileged to work with some extraordinary people. Canadians should be grateful for their talent, commitment and effort,” O’Neill mentioned.
O’Neill went on sick go away shortly after the criticism was filed final summer season.
The allegations have been investigated by lawyer Michelle Flaherty, who completed her report into the matter in January. The museum’s board of trustees offered the report back to the federal government together with a single advice.
The report and the board’s advice have been by no means made public.
A spokesperson for Guilbeault’s workplace mentioned final month that authorized issues prevented it from offering additional explanations to the general public.
“The applicable law in such matters dictates adherence to a defined process and protects all parties involved by requiring its confidentiality,” mentioned Guilbeault’s press secretary, Camille Gagné-Raynauld. “Our government intends to comply with all of its obligations, both in terms of complaint handling and the confidentiality of the process.”
The federal authorities has not too long ago handled allegations of harassment and poisonous workplaces at Rideau Hall, which led to the resignation of now former governor normal Julie Payette, in addition to within the Canadian Armed Forces.