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August 29, 2016
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Newly appointed Bank of Canada senior deputy governor Carolyn Wilkins (BA '87).
Newly appointed Bank of Canada senior deputy governor Carolyn Wilkins (BA '87).

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Laurier alum named Bank of Canada senior deputy governor

Apr 17/14

Laurier alumna Carolyn Wilkins (BA í87) was recently appointed senior deputy governor of the Bank of Canada, becoming the first woman to hold the position. Wilkins will be the bankís second-highest ranking official, serving under Governor Stephen Poloz. 

A native of Peterborough, Wilkins graduated from Laurier with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, going on to earn an MA in Economics from the University of Western Ontario. Wilkins currently sits on the Ottawa Deanís Advisory Council for Laurierís School of Business and Economics. 

Since joining the Bank of Canada in 2001, Wilkins has held several senior positions, working in the monetary and financial modelling division of the former Monetary and Financial Analysis Department, eventually serving as deputy chief of the Financial Markets Department. In 2011, she became chief of the bankís Financial Stability Department, before being appointed as a special adviser, focusing on the Canadian economy, to Poloz last year. 

As senior deputy governor, Wilkins will be in charge of the bankís strategic planning and operations and will also join its governing council ó which deals with monetary policy such as setting interest rates ó and board of directors. 

Wilkins will start her seven-year term as senior deputy governor May 2. 


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