Alberta Health Services is committed to transparency and has complied with legislation to disclose compensation for employees receiving over $125,000 in compensation as outlined in the Public Sector Compensation Transparency Act.
The compensation information released is total annual compensation, which includes base salary, overtime, shift premiums, weekend premiums, on-call pay, sick pay, vacation pay, benefits and relevant severance. This disclosure also includes AHS board members, regardless of the amount of compensation, severance or benefits they have received in the past year.
AHS is a large organization — the largest health care organization in the country. The AHS disclosure list includes approximately 2.5 per cent of AHS staff, or about 2,500 employees. Approximately 45 per cent of this group is unionized staff, including registered nurses, paramedics, technicians, psychologists, mental health therapists and pharmacists, among others. 55 per cent is non-union staff, including senior leaders, unit managers, clinical leads, pathologists, dentists, physicians, nurse practitioners, lab scientists and medical leaders.
AHS regularly posts expenses of the AHS executive team and board on the external website. AHS executive team and board salaries and total severance information are also disclosed as part of our annual audited AHS consolidated financial statements.
Statement of Remuneration
These data are licenced under the Open Government Licence - Alberta:
Compensation: Income plus taxable benefits paid to a member or employee. Excludes severance.
Other (non-monetary benefits): If total compensation is $125,000 or more annually, non-taxable benefits, including the public sector body’s share of pension, dental and health spending accounts and other benefits must also be disclosed.
Severance: Includes payments when employment or member’s appointment ends or retiring allowance.
Attachments (when required): An employment contract or severance agreement for employees who receive over $125,000 annually in compensation and/or severance. Links open as PDF files.
University of Alberta Secondments
Dr. Verna Yiu (President and CEO) and Kathryn Todd (Vice President, Research, Innovation and Analytics) were not actually employees of AHS in 2015, but were seconded from the University of Alberta. They have been included as part of both AHS’ and the University of Alberta’s required disclosures. These are duplicate disclosures by both organizations for the same compensation and are not cumulative. It should also be noted that not all compensation listed is attributable to their duties at AHS, as they also performed duties for the University of Alberta during this period.
Dr. Amrhein (former Official Administrator) was not an employee of AHS in 2015, but was seconded from the University of Alberta. He has been included as part of both AHS’ and the University of Alberta’s required disclosures. The amount disclosed by AHS includes only the portion of Dr. Amrhein’s compensation related to his duties as AHS Official Administrator. It is a duplicate disclosure and is included in the total compensation posted by the University of Alberta. It is not cumulative. Also, Dr. Amrhein served as both AHS Official Administrator and Deputy Minister of Health from August 4, 2015 to August 24, 2015. He did not accept compensation for the Official Administrator role during this period.
Annual Audited Consolidated Financial Statements
Please note: there will be variances between the Annual Audited Consolidated Financial Statements and what is included in the compensation disclosure, as the financial statements are based on the fiscal year (Apr 1 – Mar 31), while the compensation disclosure is calculated on the calendar year (Jan 1 – Dec 31) and/or when compensation is paid.