6-month notice of resignation upheld for BlackBerry executive keen to join Apple

Ontario court agreed contract provision was reasonable to allow for transition of important position
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/20/2014

A former BlackBerry executive has been ordered by an Ontario court to give his employer six months’ notice of his resignation.

Sebastien Marineau-Mes was a long-time employee at QNX Software Systems, a software company acquired by Waterloo, Ont.-based BlackBerry. Marineau-Mes stayed on with BlackBerry and, through a series of promotions, reached the position of senior vice-president, software, by early 2013.

In the fall of that year, he was offered another promotion to executive vice-president, platform development. In this role, he would be responsible for about 3,000 employees, including 11 vice-presidents and 70 directors.