Canadian Investment Review

Bank CEOs Get Big Pay Hike in 2015

Written by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press on Thursday, March 10th, 2016 at 10:20 am

616726_handshakePromotions meant big pay raises last year for the men taking the helm at three of Canada’s biggest banks.

In his first full year as president and CEO of Royal Bank, David McKay saw his total direct compensation jump 44% to $10.9 million.

That compared with the $7.5 million McKay earned in 2014 when he spent most of the year as group head of personal and commercial banking, according to regulatory filings released this week.

Total direct compensation does not include the value of a CEO’s pensions, as well as the employer’s contribution to share ownership plans.

Victor Dodig, who took on the top job at CIBC in September 2014, saw his total direct compensation shoot up 72% to $8.2 million last year. He had been group head of wealth management at CIBC before taking over the top job.

Meanwhile, TD Bank’s Bharat Masrani received $9 million in total direct compensation during his first full year in the top job, an increase of 10% from the previous year. He had been TD Bank’s chief operating officer.

The chief executives of Scotiabank and the Bank of Montreal also got pay bumps last year, although the raises were more moderate than those awarded to newer bank CEOs.

Scotiabank’s Brian Porter, who became the bank’s president and CEO on Nov. 1, 2013, earned $9.3 million in total direct compensation last year, up nearly 5% from $8.9 million in 2014.

Meanwhile, BMO’s William Downe, who has been in his current role since 2007, received $10.2 million in total direct compensation last year. That’s up more than 2% from a year ago, when he made $9.9 million, according to documents released on Tuesday.

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