I experienced, witnessed and reported bullying. I stood up for what I believe was right. I was assertive. I questioned a directive. I wrote a memo to help find a solution to a problem. I stated facts. I was fired with cause (insubordination, disrespect) - The tipping point of a long, disgraceful, indecent, insensitive and humiliating procedure led by very uncourageous leaders/HR.
Why ? I gave colleagues opportunities to work on exciting, meaningful and innovative projects. I helped Canada and Canadians succeed. I am a high achiever, successful and popular, an expert in my field. I started and was leading the quantum initiative, in the middle of a research project with my collaborator from academia.
Never underestimate the ability of little men and women - who hide behind a 10 dollars bill - to harm, hurt and destroy.