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Sunshine List: NOSM's Dr. Roger Strasser leads ed. sector 2019 Sunshine List

Strasser left his job as head of the med school midway through 2019, and now has the job title of founding dean emeritus
Although he stepped down as head of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine last summer, Dr. Roger Strasser still earned the same salary he did in 2018, $358,585. (Scott Paradis,

Although he stepped down as head of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine last summer, Dr. Roger Strasser still earned the same salary he did in 2018, $358,585.

That's according to the Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act. Nicknamed the “Sunshine List,” the document lists all public sector workers who were paid $100,000 or more in a given year.

Strasser's current title with NOSM is founding dean emeritus. He told us in a 2018  interview he would remain a faculty member once he stepped down.

NOSM is now led by Dr. Sarita Verma, who started her new job as dean, president and CEO of the medical school July 1. She earned $179,292 in 2019.

The medical school's vice-dean, academic, Dr. Catherine Cervin, earned $268,504 in 2019. That's up more than $20,000 from her 2018 salary.

Laurentian University interim president Pierre Zundel was the university's top earner in 2019, with a $286,815 salary.

The university's new president, Robert Haché, who started his new job July 1, earned $143,407 last year.

University of Sudbury president Sophie Bouffard, who stepped down as the federated university's president at the end of July, earned $153,978 in 2019.

The new president of the University of Sudbury, Father John Meehan, who took over in September, did not make the 2019 Sunshine List.

Thorneloe University got a new president, the Rev. Canon Dr. John Gibaut, who started his position June 1, but he also did not make the 2019 Sunshine List.

Thorneloe's top earner in 2019 was associate professor Louis L'Allier, who earned $162,362.

Huntington University's salaries are not listed on the Sunshine List this year. We're looking into why this is the case.

Collège Boréal's top earner was its president, Daniel Giroux, who earned $258,663 in 2019 (he earned the same in 2017 and 2018).

Cambrian College's top earner was its president, Bill Best, who earned $255,007 the same year (also similar to his 2017 and 2018 earnings).

As for school boards, Rainbow District School Board's director of education, Norm Blaseg, earned $263,241 in 2019. That's down from his 2018 salary of $281,754.

His counterpart at the Sudbury Catholic District School Board, Joanne Bénard, earned $193,080 last year. She earned almost exactly the same amount in 2018.

Lyse-Anne Papineau earned $202,336 in 2019 as the director of education with Conseil Scolaire De District Catholique Du Nouvel-Ontario.

She has now retired from the position, and was replaced by Paul Henry as of Jan. 1 of this year.

Conseil scolaire public du Grand Nord de l'Ontario director of education Marc Gauthier earned $162,719 in 2019. He earned only slightly more in 2018, at $165,200.

In terms of the number of employees on the Sunshine List, Laurentian University had 405 employees who made more than $100,000 per year, a bit less than it did in 2018, when it had 425.

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine had 54 (it had 44 in 2018), Thorneloe had six (seven in 2018) and the University of Sudbury had 14, the same number as last year.

As previously mentioned, we weren't able to find the information for Huntington University. Last year Huntington had nine people on the Sunshine List.

Cambrian College had 146 people on the list in 2019 (142 in 2018) and Collège Boréal had 89 (79 in 2018).

If you'd like to check out the 2019 Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act for yourself, visit this website.


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