Top earners at Queen's named on annual Sunshine list

Reznick maintains top spot among University's salaries

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Since 2012, Professor and Director of the School of Medicine, Richard Reznick has remained one of the two highest-paid public employees at Queen’s.

According to the annual Ontario Sunshine list released this past week, Reznick has maintained a 0.69 per cent rise in salary for the second consecutive year, earning $422,403 in 2017. Second to Reznick, Principal Woolf recorded a $360,000 salary, down 0.12 per cent from 2016. 

Three of the 10 highest-paid Queen’s employees are women. Janet Dancey, director of clinical translation research and professor in the Department of Oncology was the highest paid of the three, earning $383,591 this year. 

Tina Dacin, director of the Smith School of Business Centre for Social Impact, has remained a firm member of Queen’s highest paid employees since 2010. Dacin has moved from highest paid, earning over $50,000 more than Reznick’s current salary in 2010, to seventh as of this year at $352,914.

The largest change in salary among the top ten highest paid at Queen’s was a 32 per cent increase in now Associate Dean (Faculty) and Professor at the Smith School of Business, R. Brent Gallupe. Gallupe recorded an increase in earnings of approximately $73,000 since 2016. 

The top 10 earners at Queen’s each earned at least $300,000 in annual salaries last year. Despite this, no Queen’s employees are among the top ten earners within the Ontario university sector. Reznick is among the top 25 highest paid within that category.

Former Vice-Principal and Provost Alan Harrison recorded an income of $300,278.40 from Queen’s in 2017, despite departing the University in 2016. Current Vice Principal and Provost Benoit-Antoine Bacon, as of August 1, 2016, was also named on the Sunshine list, earning $150,000 this year. 

In comparison, the top ten earners employed by the University of Toronto recorded at least $435,000. Their top earner, William Moriarty of the University of Toronto Asset Management Corporation, posted over $1 million in salary earnings. Moriarty is the second highest paid public employee in Ontario after Ontario Power Generation President, Jeffrey Lyash. 

Queen’s recorded 3,860 employees earning over $100,000, the sum of which equates to $156,749,775.40 in salaries and total earnings, a collective difference of 3 per cent from 2016. 

On a list of total salaries over $100,000 paid out, Queen’s sits as the eighth highest Ontario university, behind University of Toronto, York University, uOttawa, Waterloo, Western, McMaster and Ryerson. Since 1997, U of T has remained at the top of this list. 

The Sunshine list is published annually with information collected and provided by the Ministry of Finance in compliance with the Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act of 1996. Data available on the website stems from 1997 onwards. 

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