When change comes looking for you

By Asha Tomlinson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/11/2003

It was close to Christmas and instead of sending out a Happy Holidays memo, Donna Morris had to send out a press release warning staff about the potential of a hostile takeover by Open Text Corporation, a knowledge management software company.

“We had to shut down between Christmas and New Year’s. So, before that time we just tried to provide the company with as much information as possible on what we were trying to do to fight the bid by Open Text,” says Morris, former vice-president of human resources for Ottawa-based Accelio Corporation, a business process solutions provider.

Employees were shocked and scared by Open Text’s aggressive proposition, which was said to be an insulting offer that undervalued the corporation. Because Accelio was a publicly traded company, there was a lot of red tape to go through where communication was involved. Morris and her HR colleagues were forced to keep many details secret.