The highest-paid public sector executives

Nigel Murray leads health authority CEOs

Fraser Health Authority CEO Nigel Murray received a higher salary than any other health authority head in 2010/2011 according to a recently released report on public sector executives' pay.

The province has released the salaries and compensation for the top public sector executives in B.C., and it shows Fraser Health CEO Dr. Nigel Murray received more remuneration than any other health authority head.

Murray’s base salary was $349,000 and his total compensation $444,000. Vancouver Island Health Authority CEO Howard Waldner was close behind at $442,000, while the lowest-paid health authority CEO was Northern’s Catherine Ulrich at $362,000.

Other executive compensation at Fraser Health included:

Brian Woods, VP corporate services integration and CFO, $355,000; Dr. Andrew Webb, VP medicine, $328,000; Barbara Korabek, VP clinical operations, $292,000; and Arden Krystal, also VP clinical operations, $292,000.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s highest paid executive in 2010-11 was David Atkinson. Atkinson, who quit his post as university president June 30, earned a total of $250,984. By comparison, UBC president Stephen Toope earned $581,000 in total compensation.

Kwantlen’s second highest paid staffer was Gordon Lee, vice-president of finance and administration, who earned $191,504. John McKendry, acting provost and vice-president of academic services, was third in pay, collecting $157,082. McKendry has since been appointed acting president, while Atkinson has moved on to Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton, where he serves as university president.

This is the fourth year the provincial government has publicly reported the compensation of public sector executives. It requires public sector organizations to disclose base salary, benefits, employer pension contributions and performance payments. The disclosure requirements apply to CEOs and the next four highest-ranking executives by pay.

“These reports ensure public-sector compensation reporting continues to meet best practice standards for disclosure, and they provide the public with background about the compensation philosophy of the organization and how it relates to performance,” said a press release from Victoria.

The 10 highest-paid executives in the province for 2010-2011 were:

1. T.M. Bechard, managing director of Powerex-BC Hydro, $1.011 million

2. Allan Seckel, deputy minister to the premier, $924,000 (severance $550,000)

3. Martyn Brown, deputy minister of jobs tourism and innovation, $653,000 (severance $416,000)

4. Stephen Toope, president UBC, $579,000

5. Warren Buckley, president and CEO B.C. Pavilion Corp, $564,000

6. Kevin Mahoney, president and CEO, BC Railway Company, $523,000 (severance $392,000)

7. Geri Prior, CFO ICBC, $523,000

8. T.M. Conway, president and CEO, Powerex-BC Hydro, $522,000

9. Jon Schubert, president and CEO, ICBC, $522,000

10. Brenda M. Leong, chair BC Securities Commission, $499,000.

– by Neil Corbett with files from Matthew Hoekstra

Surrey North Delta Leader

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