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Laurentian University had 399 people on the Sunshine List in 2020

The payroll for these top earners was more than $60M
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Laurentian University had 399 people make the 2020 Sunshine List of earners paid from the public purse making more than $100,000 a year.

The total payroll for these 399 people alone was $60,233,659.

The top 10 earners at the school are as follows:

  1. Dr. Robert Haché, president and vice-chancellor: $281,013

  2. Lorella Hayes, VP administration: $217,956

  3. Carl Lesher, a full professor at the Harquail School of Earth Sciences: $215,435

  4. Serge Demers, VP student affairs: $214,347

  5. Elizabeth Levin, associate professor and acting chair of Department of Psychology: $213,869

  6. Tammy Eger, VP research: $213,853

  7. Cynthia Whissell, full professor in the Department of Psychology: $212,948

  8. John Gunn, Canada Research Chair in the Department of Biology: $208,281

  9. Luis Radford, full professor School of Education Sciences: $207,341

  10. Kabwe Nkongolo, full professor Department of Biology: $205,736.

As many readers are aware, the university revealed Feb. 1 it is insolvent and had applied for restructuring under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA).

As part of the CCAA proceedings, representatives of various stakeholders, including six representatives of the Laurentian Senate, were tasked with taking part in the mediation process where the restructuring process is being worked out.

The deadline for that process is April 30.

The situation is so dire, had LU not been able to access $25 million in Debtor in Possession funding in February, it wouldn’t have been able to meet its payroll. 

Dr. Robert Haché, the president and vice-chancellor of school, told the university senate on March 16 that if mediation with the Senate and other interested parties is not successful, and restructuring plans are not approved, “the university will cease to function as of April 30.”