2023 Public Salary Disclosure findings for Kingston and area – Part 3

The Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board, St. Lawrence College, Limestone District School Board, and Queen’s University all have employees named on the 2023 Ontario Public Sector Salary Disclosure. Kingstonist file photos.

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, according to the Province of Ontario. 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. For comparison, we have included data from the 2022 Public Sector Salary Disclosure, which we covered in three parts last year (local municipalities, including police services, fire services, and paramedic services; local health-care and social services facilities and organizations; and local employees in education).

In an attempt to present this information in a digestible format, we’ve broken down the Kingston and area information by employer below. It should be noted that the salaries for people 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 do not appear on the 2022 or 2023 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

Like last year, our coverage of the 2023 “Sunshine List” data is broken down into three parts. Part 1 looks at local municipalities, including police, fire, and paramedic services; Part 2 looks at local health care and social services employees; and Part 3 looks at local employees in education.

The following listings are in alphabetical order.

Note that if an employee had a different position in 2023 from the one they held in 2022, the 2022 position appears in parentheses.

Public and Catholic elementary and secondary school employees

Editor’s note: The French language school boards that serve the Kingston area (both public and Catholic) cover a much wider region than the Kingston area. Because there is no way to filter employees listed by the area in which they work, only English language school boards (some of which include French immersion programming) are included below.

Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board (ALCDSB)

There were 378 ALCDSB employees listed in 2022, with nine of those (2.38 per cent) making $170,000 or more in salary that year. There are 386 ALCDSB employees listed in 2023, with eight of those (2.07 per cent) having made $170,000 or more in salary last year.

Breanne Bradshaw, Superintendent of Finance and Business Services
2023: $187,125.79
2022: $165,722.16 (not listed in Kingstonist coverage last year)
Increase: $21,403.63
% increase: 12.92

David DeSantis, Director of Education
2023: $262,034.04
2022: $233,334.89
Increase: $28,699.15
% increase: 12.30

Michael Faught, Superintendent of Education
2023: $184,657.12
2022: $175,971.57
Increase: $8,685.55
% increase: 4.94

Darcey French, Superintendent of Education
2023: $186,470.12
2022: $175,283.04
Increase: $11,187.08
% increase: 6.38

Theresa Kennedy, Superintendent of Education – Seconded Hamilton Wentworth District School Board
2023: $192,711.53
2022: $174,171.29 (Superintendent of School)
Increase: $18,540.24
% increase: 10.64

Michelle Lamarche, Superintendent of Human Resources
2023: $189,592.85
2022: $175,283.04
Increase: $12,309.81
% increase: 8.16

Michele McGrath, Superintendent of Education
2023: $188,938.76
2022: $175,283.05 (Superintendent of School)
Increase: $13,655.71
% increase: 7.79

Carey Smith-Dewey, Superintendent of Education
2023: $187,125.76
2022: $175,283.04 (Superintendent of School)
Increase: $11,842.72
% increase: 6.76

Limestone District School Board (LDSB)

There were 677 LDSB employees listed in 2022, six of whom (0.89 per cent) made $170,000 or more in salary that year.

In 2023, there were 717 LDSB employees listed, and six of those (0.84 per cent) made $170,000 or more in salary last year.

Krishna Burra, Director of Education
2023: $245,805.86
2022: $241,192.90
Increase: $4,612.96
% increase: 1.91

Scot Gillam, Superintendent of Education
2023: $180,570.60
2022: $174,174.00
Increase: $6,396.60
% increase: 3.67

Alison McDonnell, Superintendent of Education
2023: $183,098.30
2022: $174,174.00
Increase: $8,924.30
% increase: 5.12

Susan McWilliams, Superintendent of Human Resources
2023: $181,241.84
2022: $179,479.56
Increase: $1,762.28
% increase: 0.98

Jessica Silver, Superintendent of Education
2023: $187,105.64
2022: $174,174.00
Increase: $12,931.64
% increase: 7.42

Craig Young, Superintendent of Business Services
2023: $185,404.55
2022: $179,704.98
Increase: $5,699.57
% increase: 3.17

Post-secondary institutions

Editor’s note: The Royal Military College of Canada at Kingston (RMC) is a federally-operated post-secondary institution and therefore not included in the Ontario Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act.

Queen’s University

In 2022, there were 1,314 Queen’s employees listed on the Public Sector Salary Disclosure. Of those, two made $500,000 or more in salary, six made between $400,000 and $500,000, 16 made between $300,000 and $400,000, and 466 made between $170,000 and $300,000. That means a total of 490 Queen’s University employees made $170,000 or more in salary in 2022.

There are 1,415 Queen’s employees listed for 2023.

As was the case in 2022, two of those employees (0.14 per cent) made $500,000 or more in salary last year.

Elspeth Murray, Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Social Impact, and Associate Professor
2023: $512,348.27
2022: $482,858.68
Increase: $29,489.59
% increase: 6.11

Jane Philpott, Dean and CEO of the Southeastern Ontario Academic Medical Organization, and Professor
2023: $546,053.07
2022: $512,286.00
Increase: $33,767.07
% increase: 6.59

In the 2023 Public Sector Salary Disclosure, three Queen’s employees (0.21 per cent of all those listed) are listed as making between $400,000 and $500,000. This is three employees fewer than the number making a salary in the same bracket in 2022.

Wanda Costen, Dean of the Smith School of Business, and Professor
2023: $479,577.64
2022: $399,999.96
Increase: $79,577.68
% increase: 19.89

Patrick Deane, Principal and Vice-Chancellor
2023: $418,577.46
2022: $418,515.48
Increase: $61.98
% increase: 0.01

Jim Hamilton, Lecturer
2023: $401,884.14
2022: $352,921.16 (was also the Director of the Business Graduate Diploma program that year)
Increase: $48,962.98
% increase: 13.87

In the 2023 Public Sector Salary Disclosure, 23 Queen’s employees (1.62 per cent of all those listed) are listed as making between $300,000 and $400,000. This is seven employees over the number (16) who were listed as making a salary in the same bracket in 2022 — a 43.75 per cent increase.

Julian Barling, Professor
2023: $340,828.32
2022: $384,136.64
Decrease: $43,308.32
% decrease: 11.27

Brenda Brouwer, Professor
2023: $334,793.04
2022: $285,267.71 (was also the Senior Advisor of Academic Innovation last year)
Increase: $49,525.33
% increase: 17.36

Robert Clark, Professor and J.R. Smith Chair in Economic Policy
2023: $312,615.20
2022: $270,246.12
Increase: $42,369.08
% increase: 15.68

Sean Cleary, Professor
2023: $327,029.46
2022: $407,153.66 (was also the Director of the Smith School of Business last year)
Decrease: $80,124.20
% decrease: 19.68

Barbara Crow, Dean and Professor
2023: $315,774.96
2022: $297,115.50
Increase: $18,659.46
% increase: 6.28

Tina Dacin, Professor and Smith Chair
2023: $303,277.54
2022: $408,601.49
Decrease: $105,323.95
% decrease: 25.78

Janet Dancey, Director and Professor
2023: $399,999.96
2022: $399,999.96
Increase: $0
% increase: 0

Kevin Deluzio, Dean and Professor
2023: $346,754.93
2022: $308,863.50
Increase: $37,892.43
% increase: 12.27

Shai Dubey, Lecturer
2023: $368,407.13
2022: $359,322.28
Increase: $9,084.85
% increase: 2.53

Olena Ivus, Associate Professor
2023: $302,102.46
2022: $252,795.68
Increase: $49,306.78
% increase: 19.50

Donna Janiec, Vice-Principal of Finance and Administration
2023: $312,818.46
2022: $312,756.48
Increase: $61.88
% increase: 0.02

Ceren Kolsarici. Director of the Scotiabank Centre for Customer Analytics, and Associate Professor
2023: $373,584.80
2022: $278,987.88
Increase: $94,596.92
% increase: 33.91

Greg Libitz, Lecturer
2023: $351,709.74
2022: $336,122.26
Increase: $15,587.48
% increase: 4.64

Wendy Parulekar, Professor
2023: $305,048.04
2022: $296,698.63
Increase: $8,349.41
% increase: 2.81

Jana Raver, Professor
2023: $333,007.27
2022: $282,471.30
Increase: $50,535.97
% increase: 17.89

R. Kerry Rowe, Professor
2023: $375,501.04
2022: $342,881.04
Increase: $32,620.00
% increase: 9.51

Steven Salterio, Professor and Smith Chair
2023: $316,330.92
2022: $291,715.92
Increase: $24,615.00
% increase: 8.44

Lesley Seymour, Professor and Director of Investigational New Drug Program
2023: $327,048.00
2022: $318,698.59
Increase: $8,349.41
% increase: 2.62

Teri Shearer, Deputy Provost, and Associate Professor
2023: $370,174.41
2022: $346,376.04
Increase: $23,798.37
% increase: 6.87

John Smol, Professor and Distinguished Professor
2023: $337,170.12
2022: $303,310.92
Increase: $33,859.20
% increase: 11.16

Matthias Spitzmuller, Associate Professor
2023: $342,421.94
2022: $229,268.19
Increase: $113,153.75
% increase: 49.35

David Walker, Professor
2023: $369,099.96
2022: $369,099.96
Increase: $0
% increase: Nil

Mark Walters, Dean and Professor
2023: $304,668.64
2022: $287,190.96
Increase: $17,477.68
% increase: 6.09

Wei Wang, Director of the Masters of Finance program – Beijing, Associate Dean of Professional Graduate Programs, and Professor
2023: $399,115.38
2022: $387,525.32
Increase: $11,590.06
% increase: 2.99


In the 2023 Public Sector Salary Disclosure, 370 Queen’s University employees (or 26.15 per cent of all of those employees listed on the disclosure) made between $170,000 and $300,000 in salary that year. That is 96 fewer employees than the 466 employees who made a salary between $170,000 and $300,000 in 2022 — a 20.6 per cent reduction in employees within that salary bracket. Overall, there was a 20.6 per cent reduction in employees listed in this salary bracket from 2022 to 2023.

St. Lawrence College (SLC)

In 2022, 215 SLC employees were listed on the Ontario Public Sector Salary Disclosure, eight of whom (3.72 per cent) made $170,000 or more in salary that year. A total of 275 SLC employees were listed for 2023, 22 of whom (8 per cent) made $170,000 or more in salary last year. Overall, there was a 27.9 per cent increase in the number of SLC employees making $100,000 or more in salary annually.

Shelley Aylesworth-Spink, Vice-President, Student Success
2023: $190,073.17
2022: $174,986.58
Increase: $15,086.59
% increase: 8.62

Hachem Ben Essalah, Chief Information Technology Officer
2023: $198,706.60
2022: $179,277.01
Increase: $19,429.59
% increase: 10.84

Leslie Casson, Dean of Faculty of Creative Industries and Brockville Campus
2023: $189,882.85
2022: $159,757.30 (Dean of the Faculty of Creative Industries only) (not listed in Kingstonist coverage last year)
Increase: $30,125.55
% increase: 18.86

Louise Chatterton, Dean of Program Planning Development and Renewal
2023: $204,651.24
2022: $167,277.35 (Dean of the Faculty of Business and Community Services) (not listed in Kingstonist coverage last year)
Increase: $37,373.89
% increase: 22.34

Stewart Clark, Chief of Global Marketing, Recruitment Officer
2023: $184,135.23
2022: $164,174.91 (Director of Marketing, Communications and Recruitment) (not listed in Kingstonist coverage last year)
Increase: $19,960.32
% increase: 12.16

John Conrad, Director of Innovation and Business Engagement
2023: $184,135.31
2022: $164,174.81 (not listed in Kingstonist coverage last year)
Increase: $19,960.50
% increase: 12.16

Patrick Egbunonu, Dean of the Faculty of Business and Community Services
2023: $170,233.86
2022: $131,853.18 (Associate Dean of the School of Business) (not listed in Kingstonist coverage last year)
Increase: $38,380.68
% increase: 29.11

Erin Farrell, Director of Finance
2023: $185,180.68
2022: $177,674.91
Increase: $7,505.77
% increase: 4.22

Janet Greer, Director of Strategic Corporate Planning
2023: $184,135.22
2022: $164,174.91 (not listed in Kingstonist coverage last year)
Increase: $19,960.31
% increase: 12.16

Jennifer Haley, Associate Dean of the School of Allied Health
2023: $170,613.36
2022: $146,026.47 (not listed in Kingstonist coverage last year)
Increase: $24,586.89
% increase: 16.84

Caryn Langstaff, Director of Wellness, Accessibility and Student Success
2023: $178,207.55
2022: $154,271.12 (not listed in Kingstonist coverage last year)
Increase: $23,935.43
% increase: 15.52

Barbara LeBlanc, Associate Vice President, Academic
2023: $198,951.86
2023: $168,282.80 (Dean of the Faculty of Health and Wellness) (not listed in Kingstonist coverage last year)
Increase: $20,669.06
% increase: 18.22

Andrée LeBlancq, Director of Human Resources
2023: $184,136.23
2022: $164,174.91 (not listed in Kingstonist coverage last year)
Increase: $19,961.32
% increase: 12.16

Daniel Liao, Dean of the Faculty of Technology and Trades
2023: $194,527.10
2022: $165,858.34 (not listed in Kingstonist coverage last year)
Increase: $28,668.76
% increase: 17.29

Grant McMichael, Vice President of Belonging, Human Resources and Organization
2023: $190,113.58
2022: $178,249.90
Increase: $11,863.68
% increase: 6.66

David Myers, Chief Information Security Officer and Director of Information Technology
2023: $184,034.33
2022: $164,174.91 (not listed in Kingstonist coverage last year)
Increase: $19,859.42
% increase: 12.10

Laura Naumann, Registrar
2023: $196,597.19
2022: $163,314.50 (not listed in Kingstonist coverage last year)
Increase: $33,282.69
% increase: 20.38

Katherine O’Brien, Senior Vice President of Strategy, Communications and Advancement
2023: $214,402.50
2022: $200,109.00
Increase: $14,293.50
% increase: 7.14

Megan Sheppard, Senior Vice President of Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer
2023: $175,636.91
2022: $200,109.00
Decrease: $24,472.09
% decrease: 12.23

Beth Sills, Director of Facility Management Services
2023: $184,135.23
2022: $164,174.91 (not listed in Kingstonist coverage last year)
Increase: $19,960.32
% increase: 12.16

Glenn Vollebregt, President and CEO
2023: $318,119.49
2022: $274,296.18
Increase: $43,933.31
% increase: 15.98

Richard Wiggers, Dean of Interdisciplinary Studies and Pathways
2023: $216,063.60
2022: $178,589.87
Increase: $27,463.73
% increase: 20.98

2 thoughts on “2023 Public Salary Disclosure findings for Kingston and area – Part 3

  • Well, this explains why tuitions are so high and why Queen’s in particular is in dire financial straits.

    • Regarding tuition fees.
      Hi Shirley. If only it were that simple. And I agree to a point. But you have to take into account the lack of student housing (that’s one for all of us), the foreign student population applying for Queen’s is dropping, the costs for everything~maintenance, repair persons, all non teaching costs have gone up dramatically too.
      Queen’s has been on “The Sunshine List” since it started. And most tenured profs have made obscene amounts of money for a very long time. Back to the 70’s! But even if all profs and teaching support staff took dramatic drops in salaries ~this wouldn’t put a dent in Queen’s running costs as a whole. Yes, the salaries are part of it, but a very, very small part.

      Now, ask me about the healthcare sector making obscene salaries, while everything about OHIP is failing, and we can definitely talk (I’m a retired nurse)! I won’t get political because it’s a long time problem made worse by each successive gov’t. It reached the peak of untenable with covid and not enough is being done to rectify the problems. Not nearly enough.

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