Sep 25, 2020

Statement Regarding Michael Garron Hospital Racist Incident - September 24, 2020

Below please find a statement from our CEO and President, Geoff Smith, regarding the racist incident at Michael Garron Hosptial on September 24, 2020. 

“Let’s be clear, this is the handiwork of one or two racist criminals, every other worker and leader is appalled at their hatred and cowardice. These individuals are unfortunately comfortable in the knowledge that on a heavily populated and constantly changing construction site, they will be hard to identify. But I want to send a clear message: We will not stop until you are found, charged and permanently evicted from our industry.

EllisDon is working closely with the Toronto Police Service, and will be using every available tool, including upgrading the security and surveillance on our sites, both to catch these criminals and to ensure that every worker is safe from discrimination, hate and bigotry. We are also reaching out directly to the local community to ensure their concerns are being addressed and to embrace their cooperation.

EllisDon acknowledges that systemic racism in the construction industry is real and – with our partner unions and subcontractors – we have initiated both long and short term measures to root it out wherever it lies, and eliminate it. This will take time and sustained effort by many people, but we have already begun, and we will succeed.”

-Geoff Smith, CEO and President, EllisDon.

To read a list of our current initiatives that support our Black employees and inclusive diversity at EllisDon, click HERE.