Do you know anyone on the Sunshine List?

The annual Sunshine List of Ontario public sector employees who received more than $100,000 in compensation in 2016 featured more than 123,000 names when it was released on March 31. While there have been some calls to increase the salary level that triggers disclosure, Statistics Canada data issued last year shows that $100,000 is still more than the median family income in any Ontario city. The highest median family income for a metropolitan area was $97,760 in Ottawa-Gatineau. Meanwhile, the top one per cent of total average income for tax filers in Canada was $466,700. Of the 123,000 names on the latest Sunshine List, thousands of the individuals are lawyers working in the public sector.

On this chart, Law Times lists, in descending order by salary, the top 10 earners from the Ministry of the Attorney General as well as law professors and other legal professionals working as counsel, general counsel, solicitors, directors of legal services and in other senior roles among various municipal and provincial bodies and regulators. The list does not include federally appointed judges. The highest level of compensation for someone practising as a lawyer went to Chris Ginther, senior vice president and general counsel at Ontario Power Generation. 
Ginther, who earned $531,500 last year, was recently promoted to chief administrative officer of the public agency.

The standard salary for a judge sitting on the Ontario Court of Justice rose to just less than $289,000 last year, which is not far behind the $308,600 salary for judges on the Ontario Superior Court. In the educational sector, law professors at all universities continue to be compensated less than those in the business and medicine faculties. Professors at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, however, still earn much more on average than their colleagues at other law schools.

Seventeen law professors at U of T earned more than the highest-paid professor at any other law school in Ontario. As well, seven professors, including U of T law dean Edward Iacobucci, earned more than Patrick Monahan, deputy attorney general of Ontario, one of the most powerful public sector legal jobs in the country. The rest of the Ministry of Finance’s salary disclosure list is available online at                                                               Law Times

 Deans of Law    
 Edward Iacobucci  University of Toronto  $353,476
 W. Iain Scott  Western   310,000
 Lorne Sossin  Osgoode (York)   255,794
 Bill Flanagan  Queen’s   230,664
 Nathalie Des Rosiers  Ottawa (common)*   224,216
 Celine Levesque  Ottawa (civil section)   202,336
 Chris Waters  Windsor   201,056
 Angelique EagleWoman  Lakehead**   140,828
*Des Rosiers is on leave after winning a
by-election and is now a Liberal MPP.
 **EagleWoman joined the faculty as
Dean on May 1, 2016

 Law Professors    
 Arthur Ripstein  University of Toronto  $320,523
 Kent Roach  University of Toronto   317,841
 Ernest Weinrib  University of Toronto   315,543
 David Dyzenhaus  University of Toronto   313,808
 Stephen Toope  University of Toronto   310,954
 Brian Langille  University of Toronto   309,918
 Bruce Chapman  University of Toronto   296,690
 Brenda Cossman  University of Toronto   291,705
 Albert Yoon  University of Toronto   274,707
 Stephen Waddams  University of Toronto   267,404

 General (In House) Counsel      
 Chris Ginther  SVP Legal/CAO  Ontario Power Generation  $531,500
 Paul Edmonds  SVP/General Counsel  Ontario Pension Board   425,024
 Marni Dicker  EVP/General Counsel  Infrastructure Ontario   350,248
 Mary Aldred  General Counsel  Ontario Energy Board   315,723
 Lori Sullivan  General counsel  Ontario Lottery &Gaming   299,525
 James Sinclair  General counsel  OSC   295,238
 Craig Slater  General Counsel  AGCO   276,870
 Nora Gillespie  Senior legal counsel  University of Toronto   275,044
 John Rattray  General Counsel  Independent Electricity System
 Julia Shin Doi  General counsel  Ryerson   262,850
 Ontario Court of Justice    
 Lise Maisonneuve  Chief Justice  $323,922
 John Payne  Judge   318,939
 Faith Finnestad  Assoc. Chief Justice   318,939
 Peter Bishop  Judge (Office of the Chief Judge)   313,381
 Norman Glaude  Judge   313,381
 Robert Bigelow  Judge   312,922
 Timothy Culver  Judge   312,922
 Simon Armstrong  Reg. Senior justice   311,465
 Sharon Nicklas  Reg. Senior justice   311,465
 Timothy Lipson  Reg. Senior Justice   311,465
 Ministry of the Attorney General    
 Patrick Monahan  Deputy Attorney General  $305,603
 Peter Rollings  Asst. Crown attorney    290,630
 Kevin Gowdey  Crown attorney    272,056
 Lucy Cecchetto  Senior counsel    247,175
 Mary Humphrey  Asst. Crown attorney    238,244
 Marilyn Marshall  Counsel    237,273
 Dennis Brown  General counsel    236,408
 Roslyn Levine  Executive officer, Superior Court    234,944
 Michael Waby  Director, crim. modernization strategy    229,256
 Irwin Glasberg  Asst. Deputy Attorney General    228,409
 City Solicitors (Municipal legal staff)    
 Brian Haley  Toronto (acting city solicitor)  $229,514
 Rick O’Connor  Ottawa   224,170
 Edward Earle  Toronto (director, legal services)   216,266
 Patricia Simpson  Toronto (director, legal services)   213,751
 Mary Ellen Bench  Mississauga   209,814
 Kalliopi Chapman  Toronto (director legal services)   205,175
 Joy Hulton  Regional Solicitor (York)   204,446
 Catherine Conrad  City solicitor/Markham   201,146
 Wendy Walberg*  Toronto   200,899
 Kelly Matsumoto  Toronto (director, legal services)   195,953
 *appointed Toronto city solicitor Feb. 2017.
 Previously senior city of Toronto lawyer

 Legal Aid Ontario    
 David Field  President & CEO  $267,822
 Michelle Seguin  CAO   194,108
 Susan McCaffrey  VP & general counsel   194,108
 Heather Robertson  VP (Prov. case management)   191,624
 Janet Budgell  VP (Southwestern Ontario)   188,741
 Vicki Moretti  VP (Greater Toronto)   188,596
 Randall Ellsworth  VP (North/Central)   188,595
 David McKillop  VP Policy   188,558
 Charles Lafortune  VP Prov. case management   173,799
 Jawad Kassab  Executive lead-refugee services   171,299

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