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Laurier alum named Bank of Canada senior deputy governor
Laurier alumna Carolyn Wilkins (BA ’87) was recently appointed senior deputy governor of the Bank of Canada, becoming the first woman to hold the position. Wilkins will be the bank’s 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 Dean’s Advisory Council for Laurier’s 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 bank’s 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 bank’s strategic planning and operations and will also join its governing council — which deals with monetary policy such as setting interest rates — and board of directors.
Wilkins will start her seven-year term as senior deputy governor May 2.