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Stephen S. Poloz, Governor of the Bank of Canada


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Annual Benefactors' Lecture and Dinner - The Ascent of Services and the Rise of Canada’s New Economy
Monday, November 28, 2016 - 18:00 to 21:00
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Toronto ON, Delta Toronto, 75 Lower Simcoe Street
  • Stephen S. Poloz, Governor of the Bank of Canada

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We are inviting you to join Canadian leaders from business, government and academia at a dinner in Toronto on November 28th celebrating a landmark in Canadian public policy – the C.D. Howe Institute Monetary Policy Endowment – which supports Canada’s leading private-sector centre for monetary policy research.

This year, the C.D. Howe Institute’s Benefactor’s Lecture will feature Stephen Poloz, Current Governor of the Bank of Canada. Again, the leaders of Canada’s major financial firms are supporting the effort, and we are grateful for support from:

  • Dean A. Connor, President and CEO, Sun Life Financial
  • Victor G. Dodig, President and CEO, CIBC
  • Bill Downe, CEO, BMO Financial Group
  • Donald A. Guloien, President and CEO, Manulife
  • David McKay, President and CEO, RBC
  • Brian J. Porter, President and CEO, Scotiabank

Sound monetary policy, a robust financial sector, and good macroeconomic management have been key advantages for Canada in recent years. Sustaining and building on these advantages depends on effective research into policy challenges, and intelligent discussion of how to meet them.


Please join us for our Annual Benefactors' Lecture and Dinner with Stephen Poloz, Governor of the Bank of Canada. The dinner will take place from 6-9 pm in downtown Toronto. RSVP to Tammy Trepanier at ttrepanier@cdhowe.org.


Stephen S. Poloz was appointed Governor of the Bank of Canada, effective 3 June 2013, for a term of seven years. As Governor, he is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bank and a member of the Board of Directors of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS). He currently chairs both the BIS Audit Committee and the Consultative Council for the Americas.

Born in Oshawa, Ontario, Mr. Poloz graduated from Queen’s University in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He received a master’s degree in economics in 1979 and a PhD in economics in 1982, both from the University of Western Ontario.

Mr. Poloz first joined the Bank of Canada in 1981 and occupied a range of increasingly senior positions over a 14-year span, culminating in his appointment as Chief of the Bank’s Research Department in 1992. After his departure from the Bank in 1995, he spent four years at BCA Research, where he served as managing editor of its flagship publication, The International Bank Credit Analyst.

Mr. Poloz joined Export Development Canada (EDC) in 1999 as Vice-President and Chief Economist.From 2008 to 2010, he was Senior Vice-President, Financing, with responsibility for all of EDC’s lending programs. In January 2011, he was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of EDC, a position in which he served until his appointment as Governor of the Bank of Canada.

Mr. Poloz is a Certified International Trade Professional and a graduate of Columbia University’s Senior Executive Program. He has been a visiting scholar at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C., and at the Economic Planning Agency in Tokyo, Japan. Mr. Poloz has taught economics at the University of Western Ontario, Concordia University and Queen’s School of Business. He is a past president of the Ottawa Economics Association.

Since 2013, Mr. Poloz has been a member of the Lawrence Centre Advisory Council and has served as chair of the Nominating Committee for the Community Foundation of Ottawa since 2014. He resides in Ottawa with his wife, Valerie. He has two children, Jessica and Nicholas, and he is a grandfather.

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