Lee Valley pay scale swims against tide

OTTAWA — As the wage gap broadens in companies across North America, one independent retailer is bucking the trend in order to keep up productivity and morale. Leonard Lee has made it a principle of business practice to ensure that he and other high earners at Lee Valley Tools don’t make more than 10 times the pay of their lowest-earning colleagues. By distributing profit-sharing evenly at all levels, the company gives workers a personal stake in its success, Lee tells theglobeandmail.com.