2022 Public Sector Salary Disclosure findings for Kingston and area – Part 3

The 2022 Ontario Public Sector Salary Disclosure — the so-called “Sunshine List” — includes a number of employees from the City of Kingston, Frontenac County, Queen’s University, St. Lawrence College, and Kingston Health Sciences Centre, among other public entities. Photo by Aaron Burden.

Each year, public sector employers in Ontario are required to disclose the salaries of those employees who make $100,000 or more annually.

Established in 1996, the provincial Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act aims to “make Ontario’s public sector more accountable to taxpayers” and requires organizations that receive public funding from the province to make available the names, positions, salaries, and taxable benefits of employees paid $100,000 or more in the previous calendar year. The listings – often referred to as the “Sunshine List” – must be made public by March 31 each year, and apply (but are not limited) to organizations such as:

  • Crown agencies
  • Government of Ontario agencies
  • Municipalities
  • Hospitals
  • Boards of Public Health
  • School boards
  • Universities and colleges

More information on the Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act from the Government of Ontario can be found here.

Since the Act was established, it has not accounted for the rate of inflation and, as such, Kingstonist has established a $170,000 benchmark for the salaries listed in this article. Since Kingstonist did not publish a review of the Public Sector Salary Disclosures for 2021, we have included information on that data in this article for context, in addition to the 2022 data. For our coverage of local information on the 2020 disclosures, click here.

By and large, Queen’s University has more employees on the list annually than any other organization or corporation in the Kingston area. Over 200 City of Kingston employees were named to the list for 2022, on par with the number of City employees on the list for 2021, but significantly lower than the over 400 City employees on the list for 2020. Notably, a number of Kingston Police and KHSC employee salaries remained the same or decreased over the past two years.

In an attempt to present this information in a digestible format, we’ve broken down the Kingston and area information by employer. It should be noted that the salaries for those employed at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) and Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Kingston are not included, as those are federal entities. Additionally, the following organizations are not listed within the 2021 or 2022 disclosure lists:

  • The United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington
  • Kingston Frontenac Public Library
  • Addictions and Mental Health Services of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington

Further, Kingstonist found that no employees of the following organizations, agencies, or corporations locally made over $170,000 in 2021 or 2022:

  • Kingston Economic Development Corporation
  • Kingston Employment and Youth Services (KEYS)
  • Community Living Kingston and District
  • Extend-A-Family Kingston
  • Kingston Frontenac Housing Corporation
  • Maltby Centre
  • South Frontenac Township
  • Central Frontenac Township
  • North Frontenac Township

Our coverage of the 2022 “Sunshine List” data has been broken down into three parts. Part 1 focuses on local municipalities, including the Kingston Police Services Board and Kingston Fire and Rescue employees in the City of Kingston section. Part 2 looks at local health care and social services employees. In this article, Part 3 will review local employees in education.

Names for each category are shown in alphabetical order.

Education

Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board (ALCDSB)

There were 379 ALCDSB employees listed in 2021, nine of whom made $170,000 or more that year. In 2022, the number of those listed decreased by one to 378, with nine people remaining the number of those who made $170,000 or more. All of the ALCDSB employees have $0 in taxable benefits listed.

Sheena Cassidy, President of the Algonquin and Lakeshore Unit Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association
2021: $123,916.39
2022: $201,953.38
Difference: $78,036.99
% increase: 68.98

David Desantis, Director of Education
2021: $233,334.92
2022: $233,334.89
Difference: -$0.30
% decrease: Nil

Carey Smith-Dewey, Superintendent of School
2021: not listed
2022: $175,171.29

Melanie Dunlop, Mental Health Leader
2021: not listed
2022: $180,984.80

Michael Faught, Superintendent of School
2021: $181,088.53
2022: $175,971.57
Difference: -$5,116.96
% decrease: 2.83

Darcy French, Superintendent of School
2021: $186,057.56
2022: $175,283.04
Difference: -$10,774.52
% decrease: 5.79

Theresa Kennedy, Superintendent of School
2021: 188,950.42
2022: $174,171.29
Difference: -$14,779.13
% decrease: 7.82

Michelle Lamarche, Superintendent of School
2021: $165,722.16
2022: $175,283.04
Difference: $9,560.88
% increase: 5.77

Michele McGrath, Superintendent of School
2021: $175,283.04
2022: $175,283.04
Difference: $0
% increase: Nil


Limestone District School Board (LDSB)

In 2021, there were 677 LDSB employees listed, four of whom made $170,000 or more. In 2022, there were 684 employees listed, with six of those making $170,000 that year. A number of the LDSB employees’ salaries did not change between 2021 and 2022. All LDSB employees have $0 in taxable benefits listed.

Krishna Burra, Director of Education
2021: $241,192.90
2022: $241,192.90
Difference: $0
% change: Nil

Scot Gillam, Superintendent of Education
2021: $165,316.36
2022: $174,174.00
Difference: $8,857.64
% increase: 5.36

Alison McDonnell, Superintendent of Education
2021: $175,637.25
2022: $174,174.00
Difference: -$1,463.25
% decrease: 0.83

Susan McWilliams, Superintendent of Human Resources
2021: $179,479.56
2022: $179,479.56
Difference: $0
% change: Nil

Jessica Silver, Superintendent of Education
2021: $174,174.00
2022: $174,174.00
Difference: $0
% change: Nil

Craig Young, Superintendent of Business Services
2021: $179,704.98
2022: $179,704.98
Difference: $0
% change: Nil


Queen’s University

There are 1,314 employees on the list for 2023. Of those, two make more than $500,000/year:

Professor Richard Reznick is at the top of the list, making $527,891.04 in 2022 with $272.28 in taxable benefits, up 1.02 per cent ($5,326.34) in salary over 2021.

Jane Philpott, Professor, Dean, and Chief Executive Officer (Southeastern Ontario Academic Medical Organization), earned $512,286.00 in 2022, with $272.28 in taxable benefits, an increase of less than 1 per cent ($4,549.66) in salary over 2021.

By comparison, there were 1,286 Queen’s employees listed in 2021, when Tina Dacin ($541,189.68), Philpott ($507,736.34) and Reznick ($522,564.70) were the sole employees making $500,000 or more for that year.

Because of the sheer number of employees at Queen’s making over $170,000/year, and the relatively small increases in wage of those on that list, Kingstonist will only list the 2022 earnings for the remainder of the university’s employees on the list.

A total of six employees made between $400,000 and $500,000 in 2022:

Sean Cleary, Director (Smith School of Business Institute for Sustainable Finance), Director (Master of Management in Finance), and Professor, made $407,153.66, with $272.28 in taxable benefits.

Tina Dacin, Professor and Smith Chair made $408,601.49, with $272.28 taxable benefits.

Patrick Deane, Principal, Vice-Chancellor, and Professor made $418,515.48, with $680.76 in taxable benefits.

Elspeth Murray, Associate Dean (Master of Business Administration and Master of Management Programs) and Associate Professor, made $482,858.68, with $272.28 in taxable benefits.

Arcan Nalca, Associate Dean (Undergraduate Programs) and Associate Professor, made $400,117.65, with $272.28 in taxable benefits.

Richard Riodan, Director of Research (Institute for Sustainable Finance) and Professor, made $449,172.00, with $254.56 in taxable benefits.

A total of 16 employees made between $300,000 and $400,000 in 2022:

Professor Julian Barling made $384,136.64, with $272.28 in taxable benefits.

Janet Dancey, Director and Professor, made $399,999.96, with $272.28 in taxable benefits, as did Wanda Costen, Dean (Smith School of Business) and Professor.

Kevin Deluzio, Dean and Professor, made $308,863.50, with $272.28 in taxable benefits.

Lecturer Shai Dubey made $359,332.28, with $0 in taxable benefits.

Mark Green, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) and Professor, made $321,726.00, with $272.28 in taxable benefits.

Jim Hamilton, Director (Graduate Diploma in Business) and Lecturer made $352,921.16, with $272.28 in taxable benefits.

Donna Janiec, Vice-Principal (Finance and Administration), made $312,756.48, with $272.28 in taxable benefits.

Lecturer Greg Libitz made $336,122.26, with $249.59 in taxable benefits.

Professor R. Kerry Rowe made $342,881.04, with $272.28 in taxable benefits.

Lesley Seymour, Director (Investigational New Drug Program) and Professor, made $318,698.59, with $272.28 in taxable benefits.

Teri Shearer, Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Inclusion) and Associate Professor, made $346,376.04, with $272.28 in taxable benefits.

John Smol, Professor and Distinguished Professor, made $303,310.92, with $272.28 in taxable benefits.

Stephen Thomas, Executive Director (Analytics) and Assistant Professor, made $340,703.31, with $272.28 in taxable benefits.

Professor David Walker made $369,099.96, with $272.28 in taxable benefits.

Wei Wang, Associate Dean (Professional Graduate Programs), Director (Master of Finance – Beijing), and Professor, made $397,525.32, with $272.28 in taxable benefits.

A total of 466 employees at the university made between $170,000 (our cut-off mark to disclose those salaries) and $300,000.


St. Lawrence College (SLC)

In 2021, there were 227 SLC employees listed, 10 of whom made $170,000 or more that year. A total of 215 SLC employees made the list in 2022, eight of whom made $170,000 or more that year.

Shelley Aylesworth-Spink, Vice-President of Student Affairs
2021: $169,409.28
2022: $174,986.58 ($2,045.62 in taxable benefits)
Difference: $4,977.30
% increase: 2.94

Hachem Ben Essalah, Chief Information Technology Officer
2021: Not listed
2022: $179,277.01 ($244.83 in taxable benefits)

Erin Farrell, Director of Finance
2021: $169,362.22
2022: $177,647.91 ($1,755.36 in taxable benefits)
Difference: $8,285.69
% increase: 4.89

Katherine O’Brien, Senior Vice-President of Strategy, Communications, and Advancement
2021: $207,439.00
2022: $200,109.00 ($1,877.70 in taxable benefits)
Difference: -$7,330
% decrease: 3.53

Megan Sheppard, Senior Vice-President of Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer
2021: $207,439.00
2022: $200,109.00 ($1,658.11 in taxable benefits)
Difference: -$7,330
% decrease: 3.53

Theresa Steger, Dean of Program Planning, Development, and Renewal
2021: $182,563.06
2022: $185,213.68 ($2,148.84 in taxable benefits)
Difference: $2,650.68
% increase: 1.45

Glenn Vollebregt, President and CEO
2021: $284,972.37
2022: $274,296.18 ($25,952.91 in taxable benefits)
Difference: -$10,676.19
% decrease: 3.75

Richard Wiggers, Dean of Interdisciplinary Studies and Pathways
2021: $173,446.62
2022: $178,589.87
Difference: $5,143.25
% increase: 2.97

The full public sector employee salary disclosure Ontario-wide for 2021 can be viewed here, and the same for 2022 can be viewed here.

The first part of Kingstonist’s 2022 (and 2021) Public Sector Salary Disclosure findings can be read here. Part 2 can be viewed here.

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