David A. Dodge

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David A. Dodge
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7th Governor of the Bank of Canada
In office
February 1, 2001 – January 31, 2008
Appointed by Jean Chrétien
Preceded by Gordon Thiessen
Succeeded by Mark Carney
Personal details
Born June 1943 (age 71)
Toronto, Ontario
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David Allison Dodge, OC FRSC (born June 1943) is a Canadian economist. He served a seven-year term as Governor of the Bank of Canada from February 1, 2001 to January 31, 2008. He was succeeded by Mark Carney.[1] On September 12, 2008 he joined Bennett Jones LLP, a leading Canadian law firm, as a senior advisor in their Ottawa office.[2] On May 2, 2008, he was elected as incoming chancellor of Queen's University, with that position to begin on July 1, 2008.[3] Dodge served a three-year term as Queen's chancellor,[4] and accepted a further three-year term beginning on July 1, 2011.

Dodge co-chairs the Global Market Monitoring Group[5] of the Institute of International Finance, is chairman of the board of directors of the C.D. Howe Institute[6] and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.[7] and is a member of the board of directors of Canadian Utilities Limited.[8]

Early life[edit]

Dodge was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He attended Ridley College, a private boarding school in St. Catharines (and second alumnus to become Bank Governor), and graduated from Queen's University with an honours degree in economics. He received his Ph.D in economics in 1972 from Princeton University.


He was Assistant Professor of Economics at Queen's University, Associate Professor of Canadian Studies and International Economics at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, Senior Fellow in the Faculty of Commerce at the University of British Columbia, and Visiting Professor in the Department of Economics at Simon Fraser University. He has also served as Director of the International Economics Program of the Institute for Research on Public Policy.

He was appointed Deputy Minister of Finance in 1992. In the 1996 book Double Vision, by Edward Greenspon and Anthony Wilson-Smith, the authors describe in detail the role which Dodge played in reviving Canada's economy by working closely with Finance Minister Paul Martin to eliminate the federal budget's deficit spending.[9]

In 1998, he was appointed Deputy Minister of Health before becoming Governor of the Bank of Canada. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2007.

After leaving the Bank of Canada, Dodge joined Bennett Jones LLP.

Chancellor of Queen's University[edit]

Dodge was elected as the 13th chancellor of Queen's University on May 2, 2008, succeeding A. Charles Baillie, who had held the position since 2002. The appointment was effective July 1, 2008 and concluded June 30 2014 at the completion of a second three-year term. The appointment was unanimously endorsed by the Queen's University Council.[3]

Dodge was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in October, 2009.


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Academic offices
Preceded by
A. Charles Baillie
Chancellor of Queen's University