Independent review launched into inappropriate comments from BC CEO

Mar 19 2022, 6:05 pm

The CEO of a popular resort in BC is on leave while an investigation is underway following inappropriate comments he made at a conference.

Vivek Sharma, the CEO of Fairmont Hot Springs Resort, was speaking at the British Columbia Tourism and Hospitality Conference on March 9.

Attendees at the conference say Sharma made sexist remarks.

Since March 8 was International Women’s Day, Sharma reportedly asked the women in the audience to stand up to celebrate themselves. Then, when they got up from their seats, he reportedly said “go clean some rooms and do some dishes.”

Sharma has since apologized for the comments and resigned from several boards following the remarks.

Now, Fairmont Hot Springs has announced that they’re launching an independent investigation.

“The Board of Directors is taking this matter seriously and has hired a third-party consulting firm to conduct an independent review into the matter,” they wrote in an update on social media.

“Any discrimination is not acceptable and Fairmont Hot Springs Resort is dedicated to creating an inclusive and diverse atmosphere, where people feel safe to work, visit or conduct business with,” they said.

Trina Mousseau, VP of Sales and Marketing at Accent Inns, is one of the people who first called out Sharma for his comments.

According to his open letter, Sharma is “using this opportunity” to “learn and to contribute to making the tourism and hospitality sector a safer place and one that advances the values of equality and opportunity for women, youth, Indigenous peoples, immigrants, people with disabilities and other underrepresented groups in our society.”
Daily Hive reached out to Fairmont Hot Springs Resort and Vivek Sharma for more information on what the investigation will entail and will update this story.
With files from Imaan Sheikh.
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