Agathe Côté served as Deputy Governor of the Bank of Canada from July 2010 until her retirement from the Bank in February 2016. As a member of the Bank’s Governing Council, she shared responsibility for decisions with respect to monetary policy and financial system stability, and for setting the strategic direction of the Bank.
Born in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, Ms. Côté received a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1981 and a master’s degree in economics in 1983, both from the University of Montréal.
Ms. Côté joined the Bank in 1982 as an economist in the International Department and, later, in the Department of Monetary and Financial Analysis. After assuming a series of positions of increasing responsibility, Ms. Côté was appointed Deputy Chief of the Department of Monetary and Financial Analysis in 2000 and, in 2001, Deputy Chief of the Financial Markets Department. From 2003 until 2008, she was Chief of the Bank’s Research Department (now Canadian Economic Analysis). In 2008, Ms. Côté was appointed Advisor to the Governor, with responsibilities in the area of domestic and international monetary policy issues, and Secretary to the Governing Council for Monetary Policy. Ms. Côté has also been a member of Statistics Canada’s Advisory Committee on National Accounts.