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Dr. Sherry Cooper


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Dr. Sherry Cooper

Global Economic Strategist

Dr. Sherry Cooper is global economic strategist and executive vice-president of the BMO Financial Group. Sherry is in constant demand as a speaker and writer because of her ability to simplify and de-mystify the murky waters of economics and finance. The Globe and Mail calls Sherry “Canada’s megawatt celebrity economist”. She leads a top-ranked economics team and has been repeatedly cited among the most influential women in Canada. In addition, Sherry has been named the top GDP forecaster in the United States for 2002 by Bloomberg News.

Dr. Cooper has an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pittsburgh. She was an economist at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C. and served as special assistant to Chairman Paul Volcker. Following five years at the Fed, she joined the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) as director of financial economics. Since 1983, she has been chief economist of BMO Nesbitt Burns, a leading Canadian investment dealer, and in 2000 was appointed to her current role at the Harris Bank and BMO Financial Group.

Sherry is the author of two best-selling books, The Cooper Files, published in 1999 and Ride the Wave, published in 2001. In addition, Dr. Cooper gives more than two hundred speeches each year, is a frequent co-anchor on CNN’s Street Sweep, and makes regular appearances on CNBC’s Wake-up Call, and Bloomberg News. She writes a bi-weekly column for the National Post, and is often quoted in the print media including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Business Week and Investors Business Daily.

Sherry has since published her third book, The New Retirement: How It Will Change our Future.

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