Earlier, we wondered whether Jessica McDonald could become the highest paid provincial civil service head in Canada. But it turns out Alberta's executive council deputy minister Ron Hicks beats her out. Under the Campbell administration's new compensation framework, Ms. McDonald may make up to $313,740 - receiving additional $34,860 for a total of $348,600 if all her executives achieve their performance measures. By contrast, Alberta corporate human resources director Annette Bidniak stated in an email sent last Friday that Mr. Hicks has a base salary of $317,085. And he can receive a performance bonus of up to 35 percent for a total of $428,064.75. Meanwhile, Ontario coroporate issues management analyst Alan Cairns confirmed McGuinty administration cabinet secretary Shelly Jamieson makes $288,400, receiving a performance bonus of up to 20 percent for a total of $346,080.
August 18, 2008