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Number of ‘Big Four’ Sask. Crown employees making more than $150K at 636

Ron Styles, the CEO for SaskTel, took home $619,905 in 2015 according to the latest annual payee disclosure report. File / Global News

The number of workers making more than $150,000 per year at the “Big Four” Saskatchewan Crown Corporations comes in at just over 600, according to the annual payee disclosure report.

The report lists Crown wages, fees and sponsorships, including employees who received $50,000 in compensation and suppliers who got more than $50,000 for goods and services. Grants, sponsorships, donations and contributions are also listed.

In 2015, 636 employees, including 390 at SaskPower, 99 at SaskTel, 86 at SGI and 61 at SaskEnergy, took in over $150,000.

By comparison, in 2014, there were 633 employees bringing in over $150,000 at the “Big Four” Crown Corporations.

Also in 2015, SaskTel CEO Ron Styles made $619,905 while SGI CEO Andrew Cartmell took in $490,582. In 2014, Styles brought home $546,844 and Cartmell got $464,635.

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SaskEnergy CEO Doug Kelln got $459,184, compared to $447,502 in 2014. Mike Marsh, the CEO of SaskPower drew $434,189. Marsh became the CEO on April 3, 2015.

Due to the government changing the end Saskatchewan Crown corporations’ fiscal year to fall on March 31, to fall in line with the budget cycle, two payee disclosure reports were released. The first covered payments made in the 12-month period ending on Dec. 31, 2015, and the second covering the period from April 1, 2015 to March 1, 2016.

Mike Monea, president of Carbon Capture and Storage Initiatives at SaskPower, including the Carbon Capture and Storage Project (CCS) got $355,504 plus travel expenses of $41,336.

Also included in the report was how much the Saskatchewan Roughriders received for sponsorships. The largest amount came from SaskTel at $210,000 followed by $73,153 from SaskGaming.

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There was $67,200 from SaskPower and SaskTel’s subsidiary Direct West gave $60,000.

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