ECBC CEO John Lynn fired

Published on May 27, 2014
John Lynn

SYDNEY — The minister of state responsible for Enterprise Cape Breton Corp. says he has taken steps to fire John Lynn as CEO of the federal Crown corporation.

The Cape Breton Post requested an interview with Rob Moore, minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Tuesday, in light of the release of a report by the federal integrity commissioner that found that Lynn had seriously breached a code of contact in a number of executive hirings.

A spokesperson indicated Moore was not available for interviews, but did pass along a statement indicating he was acting to terminate Lynn’s employment with ECBC. Lynn has been on leave with pay for almost a year as the integrity investigation and a separate federal ethics probe unfolded.

Lynn’s contract with ECBC is due to expire March 31, 2015. His job is slated to be eliminated once the budget implementation bill is passed in the house and ECBC is shuttered, as ACOA takes on direct delivery of its programs in Cape Breton and Mulgrave.

When asked whether Lynn will be entitled to severance pay upon termination of his employment, Moore’s spokesperson Kelsie Corey replied in an email, “Due to privacy considerations, we do not comment on personnel matters.”

Lynn’s annual remuneration is between $169,900 and $199,900

More to come.