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
Deputy Minister of Health
In office
July 1, 1998 – January 5, 2001
Minister Allan Rock
Preceded by Michèle Jean
Succeeded by Ian Green
Deputy Minister of Finance
In office
August 1, 1992 – July 13, 1997
Preceded by Fred Gorbet
Succeeded by C. Scott Clark
Personal details
Born (1943-06-08) June 8, 1943 (age 72)
Toronto, Ontario
Alma mater

David Allison Dodge, OC FRSC (born June 8, 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 in 1943.[9] 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.[10]

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, though Dodge was only officially installed later that year, on October 30. As his first three-year term drew to a close, Dodge's re-appointment was unanimously endorsed by the Queen's University Council, and Dodge served until his retirement at the end of his second-term on June 30, 2014. He was subsequently appointed chancellor emeritus by the University Council, an honorary title he still holds today.[11]

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
Succeeded by
James Leech