Former Pan Am Games CEO Ian Troop, who was fired last month, will receive $536,000 in severance, the Star has learned.
Troop, who was paid $390,000 a year to helm the 2015 sports extravaganza, was unexpectedly sacked Dec. 13 over what sources told the Star were “leadership issues.”
Troop’s replacement as of Jan. 6 is former deputy Health Minister Saad Rafi, who earned $428,000 last year for running the largest provincial department with a $49-billion budget.
“There is no malice here,” Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee chair David Peterson said at the time of Troop’s departure.
“This kind of thing happens in most of the multi-sport games. They are enormously complicated things and they have different phases to them and different skills are required,” said the former Liberal premier on Dec. 13.
It will cost taxpayers at least $2.5 billion to host the Games, which will host 7,666 athletes competing in 51 sports at venues in 14 municipalities, including Toronto, Hamilton, Milton, Ajax, Whitby, Oshawa, Caledon, St. Catharines, and Welland.
Had Troop remained in the job, he stood to receive a 200 per cent bonus if the games came in under budget.
Prior to his being fired, Troop had been under fire over his expenses, which caused a political headache for Premier Kathleen Wynne’s minority Liberal government.
- Toronto Star