You would think the Community Care Access Centres would tread a little carefully these days. The Tories want to get rid of them. The Registered Nurses Association of Ontario would like to fold them into the LHINs. We’re creeping into the time of year where budgets run out and home care patients get left in the lurch, particularly around rehabilitation. It’s generally not a fun time for the CCACs.
The CEOs might be enjoying their day a little less this morning after Bob Hepburn’s column in the Toronto Star. It left our spoons hovering above the Cornflakes.
Hepburn contends that the leadership at the CCACs have been handsomely rewarding themselves with lavish increases while applying restraint to the front line workers. Maybe it’s a last hurrah before it all ends?
Hepburn points to two examples – Cathy Szabo, CEO of the Central CCAC who saw her salary jump by 50 per cent from 2009 to 2012, and Melody Miles, CEO of the Hamilton-Niagara-Haldimand-Brant CCAC who gave herself a 24 per cent increase over the same period. For Szabo, her wage jumped $91,000 to $270,734. For Miles, her wage jumped during the same period by nearly $53,000 to $265,949.
The information comes from the sunshine list, which we always caution fails to give the full picture, including if the executives worked the full year covered under the report.
We decided to look at the rest of the list. Among CCAC CEOs, you have to really feel for North Simcoe Muskoka CCAC chief William Innes. Back in 2009 he reported earnings of $224,890. For the last two years it has been $199,877.
Central East’s Don Ford is the lowest paid CCAC CEO today. It’s true his kid’s likely didn’t go hungry with earnings of $180,769 in 2012, but the man has not had a raise since the economy took a dump in 2009. In 2009 Ford’s reported earnings on the sunshine list were $181,953. His taxable benefits are also far lower than many of his counterparts at $761.02 in 2012 (by comparison Catherine Szabo received $11,723 in taxable benefits). He’s at the bottom of the provincial heap.
Szabo and Miles draw down some of the biggest incomes among CCAC executives province-wide, but the biggest winner in 2012 was former deputy minister Margaret Mottershead, who was then the CEO of the Ontario Association of Community Care Access Centres (and now she’s gone). Some may wonder why a small group of 14 CCACs needs an association, but we’ll leave that alone for now. Mottershead’s reported compensation for 2012 was $318,322, up slightly less than $5,000 from the year before. That would be a 1.5 per cent increase for anybody lacking a calculator.
One has to wonder about the big difference in compensation for the CCAC CEOs in the North West and the North East. The North East is the rich cousin, Richard Joly earning $248,142 in 2012, up from $227,710 in 2009. To the west poor ‘ol Tuija Puiras is earning nearly $40,000 less at $208,774 in 2012. That’s still an increase of more than $35,000 from 2009.
Wellington Waterloo has had a succession of CEOs at the helm. In 2011 Kevin Mercer earned $243,206, but after consultants Corpus Sanchez reported that the Wellington Waterloo CCAC suffered from the “failure of leadership at the highest levels,” Mercer departed in 2012 taking with him a total of $493,785 in salary and severance. Back in 2009 David Murray was at the helm and received $227,994.
Mary Elizabeth Kuchta, CEO of the Erie-St. Clair CCAC did take a freeze between 2011 and 2012, stuck at $220,751 per year. Back in 2009 she earned $169,191 – so it’s not been that much of a hardship.
Back when Sheila Bauer was in charge of the Champlain CCAC, she was earning $190,752 in 2009. Today Gilles Lanteigne runs the place and takes home nearly $60,000 more at $258,685 for 2012.
Catherine Hecimovich wasn’t terribly moved to restraint between 2011 and 2012 when as Central West CEO she received an increase of 7.6 per cent, or more than $18,000 annually, bringing her to $243,159.
Caroline Brereton held her salary increase to 1.2 per cent between 2011 and 2012, but her $229,895 is an improvement over what Vida Vaitonis earned as CEO of the Mississauga Halton CCAC in 2009: $194,230.
Jacqueline Redmond came up through the ranks at the South East CCAC. Last year the CCAC rewarded her with roughly an 8.5 per cent increase taking her compensation up to $220,000 and a few cents. When David Marshall was in charge in 2009, his reported salary was $174,462 before taxable benefits.
That may look modest compared to Sandra Coleman, a long time stalwart leading the South West CCAC. Coleman received $267,400 in 2012, up by more than $17,000 from the previous year. Back in 2009 she was earning $217,586. That’s almost a $50,000 raise in just four years.
Camille Orridge left the Toronto Central CCAC to lead the Local Health Integration Network. Back in 2009 she was earning $188,419. Stacey Daub is now in charge and in 2012 earned $232,517 according to the sunshine list. Despite having the most heavily populated region, Daub is well behind many of her regional counterparts in the compensation she receives. We can’t feel too sorry for Orridge — in 2102 she recorded compensation of $290,000 from the LHIN.
The point of all this is to point out that the province’s restraint policy is biting the front line workers but hardly any of those at the top. There are a few that have practiced what they preach – including Ford and Innes – but clearly others feel a sense of entitlement that, shall we say, others may not appreciate.
For those that are into this kind of thing, the 2014 sunshine list (representing earnings for 2013) usually comes out in late March.
Tomorrow we’ll look at Hepburn’s recommendation to sweep away the CCACs and give their function to the LHINs. Will it streamline home care, or will it simply amalgamate organizations with two very different purposes?