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Executive compensation rankings for Canada's 100 biggest companies

This is a ranking of compensation paid in fiscal 2010 to the CEOs of the 100 largest public companies (by market capitalization) in the S&P/TSX composite index, as of Dec. 31, 2010. For companies with no CEO, the president or similar top executive is used. Where two names appear, the company has co-CEOs.

For companies that report in U.S. dollars, amounts are converted to Canadian dollars at the average annual exchange rate for 2010 ($1.0299 Canadian). If the company has an irregular year end, the exchange rate is the rate used by the company for conversion purposes.

SALARY is base salary.

BONUS is the annual cash incentive payment.

PER CENT CHANGE is the change from 2009's total salary and bonus. No number is shown if the CEO was not in the same position for all of 2009 and 2010.

OTHER includes all other payments and the cash value of perquisites and benefits.

STOCK AWARDS is the total value of shares, share units, trust units or similar long-term incentive plan grants.

OPTION GRANTS is the estimated value of stock options or similar trust unit rights granted in 2009.

PENSION VALUE is the additional annual value of the pension benefit earned by the CEO in 2010.

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