Director Statement on Assessment Report Regarding Workplace
OTTAWA, October 25, 2017 - The Director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), David Vigneault, released the following statement today regarding the public release of an internal report on the CSIS Toronto regional office workplace:
“As a result of a harassment investigation and its findings in our Toronto Region office, CSIS engaged the services of an independent third party to undertake a climate review of the CSIS regional office in Toronto. This review involved consultations and voluntary interviews of regional employees in Toronto in an effort to obtain feedback and better identify, understand and address issues of concern.
The consultation with employees took place from April to June 2017 and raised a number of historical and current perceptions related to leadership, accountability, and communication in the workplace. The Workplace Climate Assessment (WCA), Executive Summary, which I have attached in full, with redactions primarily to protect privacy, highlights serious concerns surrounding retribution, favouritism, bullying and other inappropriate behaviour that is categorically unacceptable in a high-functioning, professional organization.
While the report highlights a number of positive changes over the last two years, including mandatory training for all employees and enhancements to Executive accountability, CSIS will continue to develop further courses of action to address issues raised in this review. Only by putting these kinds of issues on the table, and dealing with them directly, will the Service be able to continue to evolve as a strong, mission focused, and unified organization. While the assessment focused on one Region, I believe the information gathered from this process will be of benefit across the Service.
As I have stated previously, CSIS does not tolerate harassment, discrimination, or bullying under any circumstances. I strongly believe in leading an organization where every employee promotes a work environment which is free from harassment and conducive to the equitable treatment of all individuals. I am proud to work with such a group of dedicated employees and am steadfast in my commitment to address the concerns raised by my employees.
As the trust of Canadians is essential in order for CSIS to fulfill its mandate, I felt it was important to share this information with the public on the measures we are taking to improve as an organization.”
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