David A. Dodge

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.

David A. Dodge

7th Governor of the Bank of Canada
In office
February 1, 2001  January 31, 2008
Appointed byBoard of Directors of the Bank of Canada, with the approval of the federal Cabinet (Chrétien ministry)
Preceded byGordon Thiessen
Succeeded byMark Carney
Deputy Minister of Health
In office
July 1, 1998  January 5, 2001
MinisterAllan Rock
Preceded byMichèle Jean
Succeeded byIan Green
Deputy Minister of Finance
In office
August 1, 1992  July 13, 1997
Preceded byFred Gorbet
Succeeded byC. Scott Clark
Personal details
Born (1943-06-08) June 8, 1943 (age 78)
Toronto, Ontario
Alma mater

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

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 from Princeton University in 1972 after completing a doctoral dissertation titled "The structure of earnings of Canadian accountants, engineers and scientists and the implications for returns to investment in university education."[10]


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.[11]

While Deputy Minister of Health from 1998) Dodge's role in founding the Winnipeg National Microbiology Laboratory was commended as critically important by laboratory director-general Frank Plummer.[12] Dodge ended his career in government service as Governor of the Bank of Canada 2001-2008. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2007 and on retirement from the Bank of Canada joined Bennett Jones LLP.

Chancellor of Queen's University

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.[13]

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


Further reading

  • Double Vision: The Inside Story of the Liberals in Power, by Edward Greenspon and Anthony Wilson-Smith, Toronto 1996, Doubleday Canada publishers, ISBN 0-385-25613-2.