04/06/2013 06:43 EDT | Updated 04/06/2013 06:50 EDT

The Highest Paid CEOs In The Alberta Oil Patch Are Also Among The Highest Rated


When worker bees from across the nation were asked to rate their CEOs in an anonymous poll recently, it was an Alberta oil patch exec who received the highest ratings.

CEO Steve Williams of Suncor (TSX:SU) scored the highest of any Canadian chief executive with a 96 per cent approval rating from the Calgary company's employees.

The findings of the survey, which was conducted by Glassdoor recently and which canvassed 8,000 Canadian companies, government agencies and universities and colleges, were released last week.

Williams, the head of the gigantic oilsands player, garnered the kudos despite the fact he has his job cut out for him, with the Alberta oil patch facing its toughest economic, political and environmental challenges to date.

But despite those challenges, which all Alberta energy players are facing at the moment, the industry continues to benefit from a constantly lucrative business.

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Tough challenges and lucrative endeavours help to explain why almost one in five of the top paid CEOs in the country, are Alberta oil patch chief executives.

According to 2011 numbers, the latest figures available, then Suncor CEO Rick George was at the top of the energy heap and sixth overall, reeling in a salary $14,857,818.

And he's not alone when it comes to multimillion-dollar annual compensation.

Click through the gallery below to see who the top paid Alberta energy CEOs are and how much they made.

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