Sunshine List: Who were the top earners in Alberta’s public sector in 2018? by Clare Clancy, July 2, 2019, Calgary Herald
Alberta’s top public sector earners in 2018 included post-secondary executives, pathologists and the head of the Workers’ Compensation Board, according to the latest government data.
The province updated its annual “sunshine list,” which must be released by June 30.
For employees of boards, agencies and commissions, the threshold this year to be included on the sunshine list climbed to $129,809 in total compensation. For government employees, that number was lower at $108,784.
Names at the top of the list were familiar, with president and CEO of the Workers’ Compensation Board Guy Kerr raking in $907,484 in salary and benefits.
David Erickson, the president and CEO of the Alberta Electric System Operator, was the top earner in 2017 with $926,976 in pay and benefits. He announced he was leaving the organization last year.
The top compensated government employee was once again Marcia Nelson, deputy minister of executive council, who made $487,137 in salary and benefits.
Heads of post-secondary institutions also remained high on the list, with David Turpin, president and vice-chancellor of the University of Alberta, making $766,203 in pay and benefits. In March, he announced he would leave the job when his contract ends in 2020.
A number of public sector employees also took home large severance packages. Notably, Robert Reynolds, former clerk of the legislative assembly, retired after three decades in public service, earning a severance of $297,017. His pay, benefits and severance for 2018 totaled $706,937.
The largest severance package went to Guy Levy, former executive director at the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary. Combined with pay and benefits, he took home $412,324 in 2018. His severance came to $306,036.
Other high earners included pathologists working as assistant chief medical examiners, with three of 10 earning $361,000 plus benefits. Chief Medical Examiner Elizabeth Brooks-Lim earned just over $400,000 for the year in pay and benefits.
Top paid Albertans on the 2018 sunshine list
(The list includes employee, role, and salary plus benefits. Severance is not applicable to these positions.)
Employees of boards, agencies and commissions:
Guy Kerr, president and CEO of the Workers’ Compensation Board: $907,848
David Turpin, president and vice-chancellor of the University of Alberta: $766,203
David Docherty, president of Mount Royal University: $737,520
Jim Ellis, president and CEO of the Alberta Energy Regulator: $692,400 [And how much extra did he get paid to fly from BC where he was living, to work in Alberta?]
Margaret Elizabeth Cannon, president and vice-chancellor of the University of Calgary: $684,060
Verna Yiu, president and CEO of Alberta Health Services: $655,625
David Linder, executive director of the Alberta Securities Commission: $594,777
Wendy Gosse, vice-president of the Workers’ Compensation Board: $588,578
Patrick Dumelie, CEO of Covenant Health: $587,442
Randall Morck, professor at the University of Alberta: $581,782
Ronald Helmhold, vice-president of the Workers’ Compensation Board: $564,469
Antonietta Paladino, dentist at Alberta Health Services: $563,428
Laura Kilcrease, CEO of Alberta Innovates: $551,768
Donald Hickey, retired vice-president at the University of Alberta: $546,752
Ethan Flynn, Calgary Lab Services pathologist: $542,473
Robert Heggie, chief executive of the Alberta Utilities Commission: $539,467
Kevin Worry, associate zone medical director at Alberta Health Services: $534,935
Glenn Feltham, president and CEO of Northern Alberta Institute of Technology: $531,672
Francois Belanger, vice-president at Alberta Health Services: $530,091
Todd Gilchrist, vice-president at Alberta Health Services: $530,020
Marcia Nelson, deputy minister of executive council: $487,137
Ray Gilmour, deputy minister of executive council: $427,834
Bernard Bannach, assistant chief medical examiner: $418,800
Elizabeth Brooks-Lim, chief medical examiner: $403,971
Lorna Rosen, deputy minister of treasury board and finance: $395,691
Enrico Risso, deputy chief medical examiner: $385,007
Mitchell Weinberg, assistant chief medical examiner: $383,877
Sharon Boone, deputy chief medical examiner: $383,619
Coleen Volk, deputy minister of energy: $381,434
Milton Sussman, deputy minister of health: $377,367
Cecilia Wu, assistant chief medical examiner: $368,400
Gitane De Silva, senior representative to the United States: $364,848
Jason Krips, deputy minister for economic development and trade: $361,481
Shannon Marchand, deputy minister for community and social services: $360,851
Rodney Skura, deputy minister for advanced education: $360,401
Lana Lougheed, deputy minister for the Public Service Commission: $359,953
Meryl Whittaker, deputy minister for culture and tourism: $359,448
Susan Taylor, deputy minister for the status of women: $359,148
Kenneth Corbould, deputy minister for agriculture and forestry: $358,864
Dennis Cooley, associate deputy minister for justice and solicitor general: $358,601
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