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David Dodge

Canadian economist and former governor of the Bank of Canada

David Dodge is the chancellor emeritus of Queen’s University and the former governor of the Bank of Canada. He is widely regarded as one of the world’s most admired central bankers and also known for bringing transparency when he joined the Bank of Canada.

The Toronto native won a reputation for blunt comments, such as calling on investors to “do their own bloody homework,” and saying there was nothing “fundamentally screwy” about oil prices back in 2006. His peers describe him as someone who is “intellectually restless and imaginative.” For example, it was Dodge who noted that innovation and technological change would be an engine of economic growth, something that had been overlooked by the field of economics at the time.

During his seven-year term as Bank of Canada governor, he deftly managed through several difficult economic events, including the terrorist attacks on September 11, the dot-com busts, U.S. recession, and Canada’s involvement in the Afghanistan and Iraqi conflicts. Critics credit Dodge with keeping “inflation close to target,” while promoting “strong job growth and the lowest unemployment in a generation.”

Prior to joining the Bank of Canada, Dodge held senior positions in the Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the Anti-Inflation Board, and the Department of Employment and Immigration. After serving a number of increasingly senior positions at the Department of Finance, including that of G-7 deputy, he was appointed Deputy Minister of Finance in 1992. And, in 1998, he was appointed Deputy Minister of Health.

David Dodge’s style is to tell it like it is. He was a steady force during his tenure as governor of the Bank of Canada and audiences will get a unique opportunity to learn about our country’s economic growth prospects from one of the world’s leading experts.


  • Former Deputy Minister of Health and Deputy Minister of Finance
  • Chair of the Ontario Economic Summit
  • Co-chair of Market Monitoring Group, a new global risk group created by the Institute of International Finance
What David Dodge Talks About:

  • The Global Economy: An Extended Period of Adjustment
  • Stabilization Aspects of Monetary Policy and Related Regulatory Policies for Financial Institutions and Markets
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