Fraser Health executives paid $2.3 million in 2014

Year saw president and CEO Dr. Nigel Murray depart top job at health authority

The departed: Former president and CEO Dr. Nigel Murray and former chief medical health officer and vice-president of population health Dr. Paul van Buynder left Fraser Health last year.

Top executives at Fraser Health collected a total of nearly $2.3 million in pay, benefits and other compensation last year.

Former president and CEO Dr. Nigel Murray was paid $153,000 for serving just over half the year until he resigned effective last July 10. That included $100,575 in salary, about $16,000 in benefits and pension, and nearly $35,000 in unused vacation payout, according to the health authority’s financial disclosures.

Murray was not paid a severance because he resigned voluntarily to return to New Zealand as the province was set to unveil significant reforms at the health authority.

Dr. David Ostrow took over from Murray as interim CEO for the second half of the year, drawing total compensation of $140,000.

A new permanent CEO – Michael Marchbank – took over in early January this year at an annual salary of $345,000.

The highest paid executive last year was Dr. Andrew Webb, vice-president of medicine, who was paid a $271,440 salary and combined compensation of $321,000.

Vice-president of infomatics Philip Barker and vice-president of operations and strategic planning Marc Pelletier both received combined compensation of about $293,000.

Dr. Paul van Buynder, the vice-president of population health and chief medical health officer, resigned to return to his native Australia last October, receiving just over $167,000 for the truncated year.

He was replaced by Dr. Victoria Lee, who had previously served as an executive medical director, and collected total compensation of $280,700 last year.

Other Fraser Health executives on the authority’s disclosure of highest paid positions included Peter Goldthorpe, the vice-president of corporate services and facilities, who received total compensation of $280,000, and Dr. Roy Morton, the interim vice-president of medicine and regional programs, who received $265,500.

The $2.3 million in combined compensation of the executive positions disclosed by Fraser are about 0.07 per cent of the health authority’s $3.1-billion budget.

University pay disclosures

Post-secondary institutions in the region also released their executive pay disclosures this month.

Simon Fraser University president and vice-chancellor Andrew Petter received total compensation of $440,000. Amounts in addition to his base salary of $328,870 include pension, benefits, a $7,175 vehicle allowance and an on-campus presidential residence valued at $26,510 per year.

SFU paid Petter and five vice-presidents received a total of nearly $1.7 million last year.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s highest paid executive president Alan Davis, with total compensation of nearly $233,000. Davis and five other highest paid executives received a combined $1.1 million in 2014.

The University of the Fraser Valley paid its president, Mark Evered, just under $230,000. He and five vice-presidents whose pay was disclosed were paid a combined $1.2 million.

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