Stephen Poloz O.C.

Stephen is a widely recognized economist with nearly 40 years of experience in financial markets, forecasting, and economic policy, including 35 years in the public sector.

Prior to joining Osler, Stephen was the 9th Governor of the Bank of Canada, Canada’s central bank. Stephen was Governor of the Bank for seven years after having previously spent 14 years there during 1981-95 occupying a range of increasingly senior positions.

Stephen is also the author of the book titled The Next Age of Uncertainty: How the World Can Adapt to a Riskier Future that maps out the powerful economic forces that are shaping our future and the ideas that will allow us to master them.

Prior to joining the Bank of Canada, Stephen spent 14 years at Export Development Canada, as Chief Economist (1999-2008), Head of Lending (2008-2011) and finally as President and CEO (2011-2013). He also spent four years at BCA Research, where he was Managing Editor of the International Bank Credit Analyst, one of their flagship publications.

Stephen is an Honorary Certified International Trade Professional and a graduate of Columbia University’s Senior Executive Program. He has been a visiting scholar at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C., and at the Economic Planning Agency in Tokyo, Japan. He is a frequent speaker and writer and has taught economics at the University of Western Ontario, Concordia University and Queen’s School of Business.

At Osler, Stephen provides clients with his significant expertise and strategic guidance regarding the financial system, trade, and economic policy both domestically and on a global scale.


Latest Insights

  • Webinar Jun 13, 2024

    Q2 2024 Economic Update with Stephen Poloz

    Osler Special Advisor and former Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz will sit down with Emmanuel Pressman, National Co-Chair of the firm, and share...

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    Q2 2024 Economic Update with Stephen Poloz
  • Webinar Apr 18, 2024

    Canadian Tax Law Insights: The 2024 federal budget and its implications for Canadian businesses

    Our National Tax Group lead an in-depth discussion of the 2024 federal budget and what it means for your business.

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    Canadian Tax Law Insights: The 2024 federal budget and its implications for Canadian businesses
  • Webinar Mar 27, 2024

    Q1 2024 Economic Update with Stephen Poloz

    What does 2024 have in store for the Canadian economy? Join us virtually for a first quarter economic update featuring Osler Special Advisor and...

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    Q1 2024 Economic Update with Stephen Poloz
  • Webinar Nov 29, 2023

    Q4 2023 Economic Update with Stephen Poloz

    Please join us virtually on Wednesday, November 29, 2023, for our fourth quarter economic update with Osler Special Advisor and former Governor of...

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    Q4 2023 Economic Update with Stephen Poloz
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Media Mentions

  • Media Mentions Jul 11, 2024

    A conversation with Stephen Poloz on Canada’s economy, inflation, interest rates and productivity — ARC Energy Ideas podcast

    In discussion during an ARC Energy Ideas podcast, Osler Special Advisor Stephen Poloz says Canada has a good opportunity to develop a critical...

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  • Media Mentions Jul 11, 2024

    Canada’s pension spat exposes global institutional capital fight – fDi Intelligence

    In March 2024, an open letter signed by 92 Canadian business leaders appealed to federal and provincial governments to mandate that pension funds...

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  • Media Mentions Jun 13, 2024

    Stephen Poloz says no to pension mandate reviews in push to boost investment in Canada — The Logic

    Stephen Poloz, the former governor of the Bank of Canada and a special advisor at Osler, is taking a soft approach to his latest assignment:...

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    Stephen Poloz says no to pension mandate reviews in push to boost investment in Canada — The Logic
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Speaking and Writing

Speaking Engagements

speaker 13/6/2024
Q2 2024 Economic Update with Stephen Poloz
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speaker 18/4/2024
Canadian Tax Law Insights: The 2024 federal budget and its implications for Canadian businesses
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speaker 07/3/2024
Q1 2024 Economic Update with Stephen Poloz
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speaker 29/11/2023
Q4 2023 Economic Update with Stephen Poloz
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speaker 19/9/2023
Q3 2023 Economic Update with Stephen Poloz
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speaker 27/6/2023
Q2 2023 Economic Update with Stephen Poloz
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speaker 01/3/2023
Q1 2023 Economic Update with Stephen Poloz
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speaker 15/11/2022
Q4 2022 Economic Update with Stephen Poloz
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speaker 20/9/2022
Q3 2022 Economic Update with Stephen Poloz
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speaker 10/5/2022
Q2 2022 Economic Update with Stephen Poloz
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speaker 23/2/2022
The Next Age of Uncertainty: How the World Can Adapt to a Riskier Future
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speaker 15/2/2022
Q1 2022 Economic Update with Stephen Poloz
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speaker 09/2/2022
Business Risks and Opportunities in a Post Pandemic World
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speaker 04/11/2021
Q4 2021 Economic Update with Stephen Poloz
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speaker 07/10/2021
Disruption in the Supply Chain and Distribution Ecosystem – Osler and Special Guests Discuss Lessons Learned and What’s Next
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speaker 05/8/2021
Stephen Poloz joins Senator Pamela Wallin on The Monthly
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speaker 22/7/2021
Q3 2021 Economic Update with Stephen Poloz
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speaker 10/6/2021
Osler’s Annual Pensions & Benefits Seminar – Panel discussion on ESG considerations
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speaker 28/4/2021
Q2 2021 Economic Update with Stephen Poloz
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speaker 15/4/2021
Stephen Poloz interviewed by Monique Jérôme-Forget
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speaker 25/3/2021
The Energy Transition in Western Canada
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speaker 28/1/2021
Q1 2021 Economic Update with Stephen Poloz
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speaker 12/11/2020
TMA Toronto: Newsmaker Virtual Fireside Chat
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speaker 23/9/2020
Will Infrastructure Spending be part of Canada’s Economic Recovery Plan?
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Credentials

Education

  • University of Western Ontario, PhD (Economics)
  • University of Western Ontario, MA (Economics)
  • Queens University, BA (Honours Economics)

Languages

  • English
  • French

Professional Affiliations

  • Enbridge Inc., Board Member
  • CGI Inc., Board Member
  • Lawrence National Centre for Policy and Management, Advisory Council Chair