More CSA CEO Turmoil (comes with threats!)

February 24th, 2016

Earlier this week, we reported that the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) had lost another CEO, this time after only three months on the job.  When CSA leadership read the article they were upset by it.

Very upset, actually.  They called their lawyer about it.  Then their lawyer wrote a letter about it, and sent that note to us.

Their note was what’s called a Demand Letter, which is a legal term for what most of us would call a threat letter.  We’re familiar with these, CSA has sent us quite a few specimens.

Through their layers of lawyers, the CSA was demanding that we immediately remove the article, immediately issue a retraction, and immediately apologize for ever having posted the article.  The article, they ranted, was a rant.  Worse, it was wholly inaccurate.

Every single thing about our article was inaccurate, apparently.  Their CEO, David Weinstein, is very definitely not being replaced, the CSA is definitely not recruiting for a new CEO, there is nothing untoward at all going on at CSA, and David Weinstein is absolutely fully in charge of everything and not at all controlled by anybody but himself.  We should pay no attention to the man behind the curtain

That was two days ago.  Yet today (Feb 24th), there is still a posting for “President and Chief Executive Officer” in the Careers section of CSA’s own website.  And CSA duplicated the posting on their LinkedIn career page, and it’s still there too.

Does that make sense to you?  They’ve posted a vacancy for their CEO position, yet they’re not replacing their CEO.  They’re angry that we reported their vacancy / non-vacancy, yet they still have the vacancy posted publicly.  They demand that we retract the report that they’re recruiting another CEO, while telling the world that they’re recruiting another CEO. 

We don’t think that we erred in reporting the vacancy, because that vacancy is still publicly posted by CSA.  We will not remove the article because its contents were accurate when published and remain accurate today.  We will not retract what CSA itself has confirmed.  We do not apologize for accurate reporting. 

Our article on CSA’s latest CEO vacancy remains online.



The injunctive relief hearing referenced in our article It’s the Law of Feb 21, took place as scheduled in Toronto.  The Justice reserved his decision, meaning that the verdict on private ownership of domestic laws will be released as a written ruling, likely prior to March 1st.  We will report the verdict upon receipt.

Thank you for notes of your encouragement and your kinds words throughout this process.  Your support is warmly appreciated.