On Tuesday, A-Channel's Stephen Andrew reported British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. chief executive officer David Hahn made "more than a million dollars" in fiscal 2008/09 or $1,034,680. That includes a $494,923 salary and incentive plans totaling $443,744. So how does that stack up against the salaries of those responsible for such services in other jurisdictions? Well, the deputy commissioner responsible the Alaska Marine Highway System James Beedle makes US$116,848 or C$126,371.11. Meanwhile, Washington State Ferries chief David Moseley makes US$144,768 or C$156,566.59. Neither has an incentive plan.
Both services are smaller our ferry company, which had C$624.2 million in expenses in 2008/09. By comparison, Alaska's operating budget for that fiscal year was US$153.6 or C$166.2 million. And Washington's was US$202.6 million or C$219.2 million.
Nevertheless, British Columbia Ferry Services public affairs executive director Mark Stefanson told The Canadian Press's Steve Mertl yesterday the southern state's ferry system carries "more people because of commuter traffic to and from Seattle."