In August, Doug McConnachie, an assistant deputy minister at the Innovation department, expressed his concerns about the senior leadership at Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC). He described the situation as “untenable” and predicted that his minister would want to shut down the foundation. Whistleblowers who had filed a complaint against SDTC provided hours of recorded conversations to Radio-Canada/CBC to push for a management overhaul and investigation. However, the SDTC management team and board of directors have remained in place, and the government has asked them to implement reforms. The whistleblowers feel that the government has broken promises and is not genuinely interested in addressing the issues. The Office of the Auditor-General has launched an audit into the allegations made by the whistleblowers, and a parliamentary committee will hold hearings on the matter. SDTC is responsible for distributing funding to small- and medium-sized businesses in the cleantech sector. The whistleblowers raised concerns about conflicts of interest, mismanagement of public funds, and favoritism in hiring and promotions. They also criticized the use of COVID-19 funding and the allocation of funds outside of applicable rules. The government is considering the replacement of the SDTC board of directors and management team gradually.
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