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Canadian Museum of History CEO resigns after probe into alleged workplace harassment

Last Updated Apr 8, 2021 at 12:44 pm EDT

OTTAWA — The head of the Canadian Museum of History has resigned following reported allegations of workplace harassment at the national institution.

Museum CEO Mark O’Neill has been on a medical leave since last summer, when an independent investigation was launched into harassment allegations at the museum.

A statement issued by the external communications firm Midtown PR has confirmed the board of trustees for the Gatineau, Que., museum received O’Neill’s resignation and that it took effect on Tuesday.

The statement says a permanent director to replace O’Neill will be appointed soon and that no other details are being provided at this time.

His lawyer, David Law, did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday but in January told The Canadian Press that O’Neill had been “completely co-operative with the process” and would otherwise not comment.

The investigation came after Radio-Canada published a report last September, citing unnamed sources described as current and former employees, that detailed a toxic workplace culture at the museum. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 8, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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