Alberta opposition critic calls for review of PSE exec salaries

January 14, 2015

Alberta’s advanced education critic has called for a review of executive salaries at the province’s PSE institutions. “When looking at salaries there doesn’t appear to be any rhyme or reason to what Alberta university presidents are making. This government needs to look at whether they’re compensating people in a reasonable fashion with an eye to protecting the public purse,” said Kent Hehr. Hehr’s comments come in response to the annual reports submitted to the province on December 31 by its public PSE institutions. A spokesperson for Don Scott, Alberta’s Minister of Innovation and Advanced Education, said that the government has no plans to review salaries. “The institutions are independent, they’re board-governed, and they can look after their business,” he said. According to the annual reports, Alberta’s 4 academic and research universities paid out close to $12.5 M in compensation to their presidents and vice-presidents. Calgary Herald