People walk past the Museum of History in Gatineau, Que., Saturday, March 14, 2020. The head of the Canadian Museum of history has resigned following reports of alleged workplace harassment at the national site. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

People walk past the Museum of History in Gatineau, Que., Saturday, March 14, 2020. The head of the Canadian Museum of history has resigned following reports of alleged workplace harassment at the national site. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

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

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.

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.

In a statement provided through his lawyer today, O’Neill confirmed he has resigned after a decade at the museum and that he has also retired from the federal public service, but neither he nor his lawyer addressed questions about the investigation or allegations.

O’Neill said it was an honour to have led the Canadian Museum of History and the Canadian War Museum, calling them two of Canada’s “great cultural institutions.”

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