Gordon Thiessen

Gordon George Thiessen, OC (born August 14, 1938) was the sixth Governor of the Bank of Canada from 1994 to 2001, succeeding John Crow. He was succeeded by David A. Dodge.

Gordon G. Thiessen
6th Governor of the Bank of Canada
In office
February 1, 1994  January 31, 2001
Appointed byBoard of Directors of the Bank of Canada, with the approval of the federal Cabinet (Chrétien Ministry)
Preceded byJohn Crow
Succeeded byDavid A. Dodge
Personal details
Born (1938-08-14) August 14, 1938 (age 82)
South Porcupine, Ontario
Spouse(s)Annette Thiessen (née Hillyar)
ChildrenNatasha Thiessen & Samantha Thiessen.
Alma materLondon School of Economics

Thiessen was born in South Porcupine, Ontario and raised in Saskatchewan.

Thiessen studied economics at the University of Saskatchewan[1] and received an Honours BA in 1960 and an MA in 1961. He taught economics for a year and then joined the Bank of Canada in 1963. From 1965 to 1967 he attended the London School of Economics, from which he received his Ph.D in Economics in 1972.

At the Bank of Canada, Thiessen was appointed Adviser to the Governor in 1979, Deputy Governor in 1984, and Senior Deputy Governor in 1987.

In 1996, he received the government of Sweden's Order of the Polar Star in recognition of the assistance provided by the Bank of Canada to the Swedish Central Bank (Sveriges Riksbank) to assist them in developing their policy framework for combating inflation when the Swedish Krona was first floated in January 1993.[2]

In 1997, Thiessen received an honorary Doctor of Laws (LL.D) degree from the University of Saskatchewan.

On September 25, 2001, Thiessen was elected to the IPSCO Board of Directors. On February 1, 2002, Thiessen was elected to the Manulife Financial Board of Directors.

In 2002, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 2002, he received the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal, and in 2012, he received the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal.


  1. "Gordon G. Thiessen- Biographical note- About the Bank- Bank of Canada". Bank of Canada. 1995–2007. Archived from the original on 2007-10-22. Retrieved 2007-10-27.
  2. Inflation Targeting - The Swedish Experience Archived 2007-06-15 at the Wayback Machine from The Bank of Canada accessed on May 26, 2007