[lg policy] HR expert submits her report regarding hiring of French Language School Board's communications director

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Thu Nov 8 10:22:32 EST 2018

-- HR expert submits her report regarding hiring of French Language School
Board's communications director
The Journal Pioneer
*Published: *23 hours ago
*Updated: *22 hours ago
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[image: The Commission scolaire de langue française (CSLF) is P.E.I.’s
French-language school board]
The Commission scolaire de langue française (CSLF) is P.E.I.’s
French-language school board - Contributed

The Commission scolaire de langue française (CSLF) says it is satisfied
with the results of an inquiry into its hiring of a communications director
last February.

Officials with CSLF, the Prince Edward Island’s French Language School
board, said the investigation confirmed the ethics of its employees, the
professionalism of its human resources management, and the validity of its
hiring process.

After concerns were raised about the process, the CSLF hired an expert in
human resource management from the firm HR Reflexion to look into the

Micheline Roy’s investigation was conducted in July. She submitted her
findings during a private meeting of the board’s trustees on Aug. 8, 2018.

To come to her conclusions, Roy conducted an analysis of the recruitment
process and of the hiring process, including a detailed analysis of the
interview results.

She verified the policies and procedures in effect, including clause 9.04
of the Public Service Commission’s manual on conflicts of interests. She
also surveyed all pertinent documents, including emails and texts,
advertisements for the position, candidate resumes, interview questions and
answers, and the evaluation matrix.

Roy provided several key conclusions in her report:

- confirmation that “the validity of the results and the integrity of the
process followed”, and that “the hiring process was conducted in good faith
and followed the hiring policy”;

- the Superintendent, Anne Bernard-Bourgeois, recused herself from the
hiring process and “acted in conformity with the policy and avoided putting
herself in a conflict of interest”;

- “there appeared to be a conflict of interest between the chair of the
board, Emile Gallant, and the hired candidate”

- “based on his performance during the interview, his education and his
competencies, in spite of an appearance of a conflict of interest, the
selection of the hired candidate was justified and supported by the
documentation and the interview results”.

The chair of the board conceded that he should have asked the board to
validate his participation in the hiring process or should have recused

“In human resource management, the appearance of a conflict of interest
should be treated as a conflict of interest, and unfortunately this was not
the case,” Gallant concluded.

The HR expert also submitted recommendations to the board. Among others,
maintaining the hiring of Daniel Bourgeois as director of communications
and community and cultural affairs, implementing a process to ensure that
the supervision of the director protects the superintendent and avoids any
perception of conflicts of interests between the director and the
superintendent, improving the CSLF’s policy on conflicts of interest,
notably by developing a protocol, and conducting a training session for the
board and CSLF employees on the matter.

newsroom at journalpioneer.com

 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com

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