Navigating economic impacts and preparing for the future

What Canadian businesses need to know

Navigating through the uncertainty of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and evolving economic impacts is a strategic imperative that will continue to emerge, as Canadian enterprises and industries are engaged in planning for the future at a time when that future is still very uncertain. Businesses will need to capitalize on new opportunities for growth and engage in international trade and development prospects, while addressing and adapting to current issues and the challenges that remain ahead.

To help clients navigate through the “unknowable,” including emerging economic impacts, Osler Special Advisor Stephen Poloz provides significant expertise and strategic guidance regarding the financial system, trade, and economic policy, both domestically and on a global scale.

Below are resources featuring Stephen’s strategic insights on a range of economic considerations affecting the evolving business landscape. 

Stephen Poloz

Stephen Poloz

Special Advisor
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Stephen Poloz 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 ninth Governor of the Bank of Canada, Canada’s central bank. He provides expert insight to help organizations adapt their business strategies to meet the evolving challenges and opportunities presented by new and dynamic market realities. Clients benefit from his extensive experience in influencing global economic policy and providing key advocacy for Canadian positions and businesses, as well as his singular ability to translate complex and dynamic economic and market information into the business context. Learn more about Stephen


Stephen Poloz discusses economic recovery

Stephen Poloz discusses outlook for Canadian economy as pandemic continues

BNN Bloomberg – January 15, 2021

Stephen shares his outlook for the economy, remaining optimistic for recovery and noting Canada must improve its competitiveness in the wake of the situation.

Stephen Poloz discusses economic recovery

Fireside chat with Stephen Poloz on Canada's economic outlook

The Ivey Academy – January 14, 2021

Stephen and Maclean's journalist Paul Wells discuss Canada's outlook in the second year of global disruption in this virtual fireside chat.

Stephen Poloz discusses economic recovery

Understanding the K-shaped economic recovery

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP – December 8, 2020

Stephen provides insight into the forces acting on the economy and Canada’s K-shaped recovery in his article for Osler’s Legal Year in Review.

Early post-pandemic considerations for financial markets with Stephen Poloz

Early post-pandemic considerations for financial markets with Stephen Poloz

PMAC National Conference – November 17, 2020

Stephen discusses the challenges and opportunities ahead and has a Q&A with Lesley Marks, CIO and Head of Investment Management, BMO Private Wealth Canada.

Stephen Poloz discusses economic recovery

Stephen Poloz discusses economic recovery and growth

The Globe and Mail – November 17, 2020

Stephen talks about economic recovery, including the muted K-shaped recovery currently underway and how governments can reduce impediments to growth.

Stephen Poloz on economic recovery

Newsmaker virtual fireside chat with Stephen Poloz

Turnaround Management Association Toronto – November 12, 2020

Stephen joins Deland Kamanga, Head Global Markets, BMO Capital Markets, to share his insights on the economic crisis, including the financial stress in the Canadian energy sector.

Stephen Poloz on interest rates and K-shaped recovery

Stephen Poloz on interest rates, our oil industry and the K-shaped recovery

Episode 77 of “Down to Business” podcast, Financial Post – November 11, 2020

Stephen discusses effects of the U.S. presidential election and Canada’s economic recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic with podcast host Gabriel Friedman.

Stephen Poloz MPAC Virtual Leader Chat

Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy and navigating our way forward

Municipal Property Assessment Corporation – October 29, 2020

Stephen sat down with Nicole McNeill, President and CAO of MPAC, to share his views as part of a virtual leader chat.

Rebuild Canada Growth Summit with Stephen Poloz

Rebuild Canada Growth Summit with Stephen Poloz

Public Policy Forum (PPF) – October 19, 2020

Stephen joins Brian Bohunicky, Vice-President of Policy, PPF, for a virtual fireside chat to discuss Canada’s economic outlook, including considerations regarding government debt and navigating uncertainty.

Stephen Poloz talks to BNN’s Amanda Lang

Former Bank of Canada Governor Poloz on stimulus, easing

Virtual Canadian Fixed Income Conference, Bloomberg – October 13, 2020

Stephen speaks with BNN’s Amanda Lang about his thoughts on stimulus, easing and what’s around the corner in 2021.

Stephen Poloz on infrastructure spending

Will infrastructure spending be part of Canada’s economic recovery plan?

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP – September 23, 2020

Stephen Poloz and Osler partners Chris Bennett and Richard Wong discuss trends in infrastructure spending, the pipeline of projects being put forward, and other topics.

Stephen Poloz on economic recovery

Stephen Poloz on post-pandemic economic recovery and navigating uncertainty

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP – September 10, 2020

Stephen shares his views on navigating through uncertainty and touches on several timely topics, including the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on globalization and the Canadian economy.


As the former Governor of the Bank of Canada, Stephen is subject to certain continuing restrictions that apply to his presentations and discussions. His remarks are his own personal views and do not represent the views of the Bank of Canada, his former office, the Government of Canada or any of its departments. His presentations have been based on data and information that are publicly available.